Throughout the years, I continue to reflect on the quote: “The most important step in any journey is the first step.” A triathlon is very similar, and depending upon the swimming ability of a triathlete, the first step of the swim can be exciting and something to look forward to. Or it can be the phase of the event that you dread, dislike, and find most unpleasant. (That’s not a great way to start the day.)
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Coach Madden has a passion for continuous improvement and working with athletes and clients to help them reach their goals. His extensive background in exercise physiology and coaching swimming, cross country, and track field, combined with his vast experience and continued participation in triathlons and personal touch provides each athlete and client assurance that he/she is getting the “best of the best.” Furthermore, his exemplary interpersonal skills and ability to fine tune programs for each individual is an added bonus.
Coach Madden has a vision for excellence in all endeavors. He models his core values which include: trust, honesty, integrity, compassion, innovation, collaboration, respect, courage, and grit. In addition, he continues to demonstrate the importance of life-learning and making sure there is a solid relationship between coach and athlete and/or client. Moreover, he continues to make necessary adjustments with his recommendations to ensure goals and dreams are achieved. During the past 35 years, Coach Madden has worked with hundreds of athletes and clients, serving as a guide and mentor to optimize their maximal potential.
About the Coach
- Three-time Top Ten Ironman World Championships (6th, 7th, and 10th)
- Two-time Winner Ultraman World Championships
- Ultraman World Championships Hall of Fame Inductee 2019
- Two-time #1 All World Athlete in age group at the Ironman Distance (2015, 2016, 2017)
- Two-time Ironman North American age group champion (2015, 2016)
- Two-time Top Ten (2nd and 6th), Leadville 100 Mile Trail Run
- USA Track and Field 24 Hour Champion (1995)
- M.A. in Exercise Physiology
- IRONMAN Certified Coach
- USAT Certified Coach Level I
- USAT Photo Analysis Certification
- TriDot Alliance Triathlete Coach
- TriDot Ambassador
- YB12 Certification
“Working with Kurt has been game changer to triathlon training. He has helped me reach new heights in triathlon and to succeed at many extreme triathlon goals. He is extremely personable, has the ability to connect with his athletes quickly, and to begin working with them at whatever stage they’re in at the time. He is trustworthy, always encouraging, patient, and an insightful guide through his life experiences to pursue your goals and dreams. I can’t recommend Kurt enough!”Jason Verbracken
“Kurt Madden has a lifetime of endurance racing experience and dominates his age group at the Ironman distance. Kurt has continued to expand his expertise through USAT and Ironman training clinics and webinars. He is even on a first name basis with Dave Scott and Mark Allen. Beyond experience, Kurt is very positive and inspiring. As a 60-year-old athlete, I felt Kurt could provide the necessary insight for coaching me. After meeting Kurt in person at Ironman Couer d’Alene, I felt he would be the best choice for helping me win a Kona qualifying slot.”Steve Dougherty
“I had continually seen Kurt’s name on all the leaderboards and so knew his name well. When I saw the opportunity to work with Kurt, I jumped at it but never in my wildest dreams did I realize the improvement I could make with the right coach. I am an experienced triathlete but Kurt took me to another level, propelling me to win most races I entered and training throughout the year without injury. His deep knowledge of the physics of our sport, nutrition, and executional strategies allowed him to communicate convincingly with me, particularly since I knew he practiced what he preached as a high level competitor himself.”Kim Robinson
“I was an Ironman and Ironman 70.3 competitor with 5 years of mixed results and wanted to take my racing to the next level of performance. I did my research to find an experienced coach and one name came to the very top of my search: Kurt Madden. In working with Kurt, I was immediately impressed with his coaching knowledge, his incredible wealth of experience as a competitor and coach, and his humble and easy going manner. Kurt truly knows how to bring out the very best in athletes. My results speak for themselves: In 2019 I had 4 first place finishes: 2-70.3 half Ironman and 2- 140.6 full Ironman. I also qualified for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii and placed 3rd. My world ranking was 3rd in my age group and I was 3rd overall in Ironman out of 212,000 competitors. Plus, I qualified for Kona for 2020. THANKS COACH KURT MADDEN!!!”Eric Johnson
“With all Coach Kurt’s knowledge and experience has taken my racing to new levels!! He is the one that inspired me to become a coach!!! He is an amazing athlete, person, mentor and friend!!!”Heather Dekalb
“Coach Kurt is Amazing! He can turn your weaknesses into a strength. He took my swimming to the next level with his coaching and invaluable knowledge. Along with his swimming instruction, he provides exceptional training with cycling and running with a detailed race plan too. With Kurt’s guidance, I am now a better triathlete. I have gone from being a middle of the pack athlete placing in the top 3 in multiple local Sprint triathlons, Olympic triathlons, and even placed 4th in a 70.3. Thank you, coach.Kurt spends time asking questions, and listening before giving me advice. He looks intently at every workout! Encouraging, Inspirational, and patiently Edifying defines the man. Many trainers tell their athletes what to do, but Kurt explains the why's. At first I didn't get some of his suggestions, but he would wait until we spoke again and approach it in a different way...until I understood, and understanding has a way of increasing confidence. Madden is always available when I text or call, and has good suggestions of other resources to help me if he can't. Finally, he kind, empathetic, and fun to talk with. I feel I've not only found a coach, but gained a friend.”Christina Bremer
“Kurt helped me become a better swimmer by testing my limits and putting me in events nobody wanted to swim, 500, 1000 & the 1650. Perfect for the blossoming triathlete. Kurt's extraordinary coach skills and intuitive mind helped me hone my swimming cycling and running skills and catapulted me into the sport of triathlon. Kurt is an individual who can coach any swimmer, cyclist, runner or triathlete because he has competed at the highest level of competition and distance in each discipline.”Marc MoneAquathlon age group national champion 2015
“I've been following Kurt Madden's philosophies of life and racing since 1983. During these 33 years I have accomplished many National titles in Brazil, 2009 World’s Fittest CEO and a 50-54 World Title. All I have to say is that I was very lucky to meet Kurt Madden and his family one day. Most definitely he taught me to race and I became a Champion.”Carlos Dolabella2009 World’s Fittest CEO
“As an age-group triathlete with a wife and a full-time job, Jason attributes his breakthrough year--going sub-9:30 in three consecutive Ironmans--to the coaching he received from Kurt Madden. In fact, once he began working with Kurt, he qualified for the Boston Marathon only three months later, bringing his marathon PR from 3:23 to 2:58. After working with Kurt for two years, Jason has this to say: "Kurt is the real deal. He knows what works.”Jason McFaulSub 9:30 in three consecutive Ironmans
“Coach Kurt has been invaluable to my racing success - his knowledge of the sport is unparalleled! His expertise in nutrition, physiology, and that "6th sense" of predicting how to best execute a plan has driven me to new PR's and course records after having already spent more than 15 years in the sport. Additionally, he has a keen sense of knowing what that individual athlete needs to stay motivated and driven during training, which keeps it fun and exciting! I'm happy to call Kurt my coach, and proud to call him my friend!”Ande' Wegner
“Kurt's has the coaching experience and wisdom to craft a strategy to insure you reach YOUR goals. Kurt balances athlete accountability with a mix of an analytics-based training plan, nutritional strategy and psychological focus that balances your lifestyle and your goals to enable an athlete to reach their personal objectives.Bill Perkins
What I love most about Kurt's coaching style is that he is always in your corner. When Kurt coached me to the completion of my first full distance triathlon, or when I achieved my 5K personal record, I had his support. Life Coach, Friend, Mentor or whatever it takes to help YOU, Kurt comes alongside to insure you find your best self!”
“I started working with Kurt several months ago and I'm very happy I did. At 75, I decided to do the 70.3 Ironman in Hawaii, and I didn't want to make the same mistakes I made when I was racing at Kona in the early 80's. I was injured a lot, and overtrained.Gary Musacco
Kurt spends time asking questions, and listening before giving me advice. He looks intently at every workout! Encouraging, Inspirational, and patiently Edifying defines the man. Many trainers tell their athletes what to do, but Kurt explains the why's. At first I didn't get some of his suggestions, but he would wait until we spoke again and approach it in a different way...until I understood, and understanding has a way of increasing confidence. Madden is always available when I text or call, and has good suggestions of other resources to help me if he can't. Finally, he kind, empathetic, and fun to talk with. I feel I've not only found a coach, but gained a friend.”
Have you thought about getting a triathlon coach? Some triathletes prefer to design their own training programs and stay in a routine, while other triathletes are looking for someone they can trust, someone who can guide them, and someone who can serve as a sounding board while keeping them accountable and on course.
How many times have you played a card game with friends and asked for a few new cards in hopes of winning? It’s a simple, bullish exchange.
As you think about triathlons and racing, wouldn’t it be great to be able to exchange the percentage of fast-twitch and slow-twitch muscle fibers in preparation for your “A” race? Think about it. You could load up on more fast-twitch muscle fibers for your next sprint event or go for a higher percentage of slow-twitch muscle fibers for your next Ironman distance event.