After spending 10 years in Medicine as a PA in Neurosurgery and Neuroresearch, I did my first tri, the escape form Alcatraz. Crossing the finish line changed my life and I decided to extend this experience to as many as possible! So Together We Tri was founded in 2001. Since then, we have been training athletes of all levels. From brand new beginners to seasoned athletes. We have acquired an amazing coaching staff that are passionate about helping others achieve their goals, which is what TWT is about regardless of your level. And as many of our athletes have evolved so has TWT as well as I, form first time triathlete to competing in over 40 events. Including Sprint, Olympic, half and Iron man level races. As I always say.. If I can do it anyone can. Now a mother of 3 amazing kids, my tri fixes are lesser then more, but I still feel that great feeling of achievement every time I cross the finish line, feeling the joy and exhilaration of my accomplishment.
Founder of Together We Tri
Favorite Tri moment:
Watching participants become athletes, overcoming. Crossing the finish line and believing in themselves!! And personally... Crossing the finish line of my first Iron Man as my hubby watched over my son, answering the phone. "Hello Iron man" Wow!! I do love this stuff!! And want to help you become a part of the excitement!
Triathlon Experience/ Sports Background:
-Jo Ann is a certified coach who has always loved running. Her love of running led her to a love of triathlons. She is an accomlished athlete and has raced in Marathons, Duathlons and Triathlons.
-Jo Ann qualified for the Boston Marathon and has competed in a total of 5 marathons and over 20 + 1/2 marathons.
-She regularly places in the top 5 for her age group. Jo Ann is experienced in team coaching and has helped encourage countless athletes reach thier goals.
This is Jo Ann's first year with Together We Tri! She is ecstatic to be apart of the team and can't wait to share her knowlege and passion and help you all reach your goals. TWT is thrilled to Welcome Jo Ann as one of our group training coaches. She is also available for one on one coaching.
Pat started doing triathlons as offseason training for cross country ski racing, in 1983 with the Miller YMCA (Olympic distance) triathlon and the Menomonie Tinman (half iron) Triathlon. Pat is a Level 3 USA Cycling coach and a personal trainer certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the American Council on Exercise.
Pat believes that the secret to peak performance in triathlon is to treat it as five sports in this order of priority: 1) sleep, rest and nutrition; 2) stretching and strength training to prevent injury and improve performance; and 3) run, cycle and swim in an order that maintains your strengths and improves your weaknesses.
Pat trains athletes using state of the art “best practice” standards, incorporating scientific studies or principles rather than a former champion’s training plan, because you do not know if (s)he is a champion because of the plan or in spite of it.
USA Triathlon Coach, first certified in 2008.
Certified USA Cycling Coach in 2002.
American Bicycle Racing National Age Group Champion in the Four Person Team Time Trial.
Second Place Illinois State Time Trial Championships.
After successfully reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2009, Coach Amanda fell in love with endurance events. Her constant search for the next physical or mental challenge eventually led her to the world of triathlon, and she hasn’t looked back. Since joining the sport, Coach Amanda has competed in a number of short- and long-distance triathlons, including a top-10 age group finish at Ironman Racine 70.3 in 2012.
Swimming is Coach Amanda's speciality event, and she has helped countless athletes of all ages and ability levels to reach their goals in the pool and open water. Coach Amanda is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Sport and Health Psychology, and she loves working with adults new to triathlon to help them reach their goals and fall in love with the sport!
This is Dave's first year coaching triathlon and working with Together We Tri. Dave is a certified running coach and will be training with the Ignite triathlon group. He has been competing in triathlons for the past 7 years, racing in distances from Super Sprints to Ironman as well as running races from 5K to 50 Miles. His racing goals this year include setting a PR for the half Ironman distance as well as training for ultra marathons. Dave hopes to show you his passion for triathlon and ignite the athlete in all of you!
Greatest Racing Achievements: Ironman Wisconsin 2011, Des Planes Trail Ultra-marathon (50 miles), 3rd place age group finish at the Great Illini Half Ironman (2009).
Dave is looking forward to coaching at Together We Tri and helping everyone to meet and exceed their triathlon goals!"