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Individual 1:1 Coaching

For those of you who prefer individual attention versus our group coaching programs, or the group schedules don't meld well with your own, we recommend the following coaches to our members. These coaches have had a long-standing, successful relationship with our members. As you'll read in their bios, they are well-respected members of the triathlon community.

Individual Coaching with Coach Duane Franks

  • Ideal for those with busy schedules trying to balance work and family while also pursuing ambitious athletic goals
  • Preferred for those who need more individual attention and feedback
  • Completely customized weekly schedule base on your background, fitness level, training objectives, performance goals and available time to train
  • Invitation to join Trifiniti swim classes and group workouts
  • On-going month-to-month for as long as you want. No minimum number of months required
  • Non-restricted access to coach D via email, phone, text
  • Premium Training Peaks account

  Cost: $205/month; Start-up fee ($150) waived for GGTC members.

Semi-Custom 24 Week Ironman Training Plan with Support

  • Initial in-person or phone consult
  • Semi-customized detailed daily workouts (3 levels) on Training Peaks
  • GGTC weekly track and swim sessions included as options
  • Individual testing and training zones
  • Individual consults with Coach D every 4-6 weeks
  • Coach access via email
  • Nutrition guidelines for training, recovery and racing
  • Discounted swim video lessons
  • Regular articles or videos to improve swim technique
  • Weekly articles on a variety of training tips and information
  • Pre-race strategy/post- race analysis
  • Invitation to join Trifiniti swim classes and group workouts

  Cost: $360 (one-time charge)

Duane Franks, MS / TRIFINITI Endurance

A triathlon pioneer, Duane is a founding member of the GGTC, has competed since 1981 and coached since 1986. He has raced in over 300 triathlons, including 20+ Ironman and Ultraman events and is a five-time IRONMAN Kona World Championship finisher with a PR of 10:09 set at the age of 40. He has won age group titles at Wildflower, Vineman, Escape from Alcatraz and others. Coach D has successfully coached hundreds of athletes of all ages and abilities that range from novice to elite. He specializes in working with fitness minded individuals who use athletics to enhance and balance their busy life schedules.

His systematic Ironman training approach has resulted in hundreds of successful GGTC Ironman finishes. His elite athletes have set world records and won overall and age group titles, including The Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. Duane has a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, USAT level 2 and is an Ironman certified coach. His training articles and plans have been featured in a variety of triathlon publications around the world.

USAT Certified Level 2 Coach
ACSM Certified Health Fitness Director

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Dorette Franks, RDN / TRIFINITI Endurance | Nutrition pH

Dorette has dedicated herself the sport of triathlon since 2000. She is a 6x Ironman finisher, placing 1st in division and second overall female at the Vineman Triathlon, 3x Boston Marathon qualifier and racer, 1x Ultraman finisher placing 1st in division and 3rd overall female, and continues to place with podium finishes. She races on the elite team for Betty Squad.

Beyond endurance athlete, Dorette is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) and founder of Nutrition pH (Nutrition | Performance | Health) and specializes in sports nutrition. Her coaching credentials include USA Triathlon, USA Track & Field, and Road Runners Club of America since 2004. Additional certifications include Metabolic Efficiency Training for Health and Medical Practitioners and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Certificate of Training in Weight Management. She is presently pursuing specialty credentials as a Certified Board Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) with a Masters degree on the horizon.

As former head coach for the Nike Women's Full and Half Marathon, she also served as track and running coach for the Golden Gate Triathlon Club for almost a decade. Articles by Dorette have appeared in TRIATHLETE, RUNNER'S WORLD, SHAPE and WOMEN'S HEALTH magazines.

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