Phuket Scores BIG With New Triathlon Coach

By Su

Triathlon CoachThanyapura Phuket’s executive chairman and four-time world triathlon champion Chris McCormack has announced the appointment of elite Triathlon coach Sergio Borges as head of Thanyapura’s triathlon program.

Chris McCormack said: “Having worked directly with Sergio over the last 2 years I’ve been blown away with his knowledge and passion for the sport.

“He’s the king of qualifying age groupers for Kona and will do an amazing job raising the bar for all our members and guests, as well as the sport here in Asia. This is massive for us, I’m beyond excited to have him here.”

Borges was formerly based in California and has dedicated the last 20 years to studying the art and science of triathlon coach training. His bonafides include the following coaching certifications: Level II ITU (junior and U23 development), Level III USA Triathlon, and Level II USA Cycling. He has also served as head coach of the USA Elite, U23, and Junior team at the 2003, 2004, and 2008 Duathlon World Championships.

He is known for “thinking outside of the box” when it comes to triathlon training, developing his own method – Inverted Training Periodization — making Ironman champions, Top 3 in 70.3 races and many AG podiums around the World.

Borges’s coaching has contributed to the emergence of many of today’s top California-based professional and age group talents, including Ironman champions Heather Jackson and Jozsef Major. To date, he has coached 137 athletes toward qualifying for the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.

He is also an accomplished triathlete, competing in hundreds of races of all distances including 21 Ironman races around the world (9:38 PR), over 60 half ironmans (4:12 PR), and qualifying for the Ironman World Championship seven times.

With hundreds of satisfied athletes who have already come under his tutelage, Borges is a valuable addition to Thanyapura’s sports department. His vast experience coaching athletes of all ages and abilities combined with his belief in the need for an individualized and realistic training plan for each athlete to achieve their goal is at the center of the new triathlon program structure Borges has put together for Thanyapura.

Borges says, “We will offer 24 workouts a week, 365 days a year. You can come any time of the year, stay as long as you want and we will design a training program specific for your needs and focus. For example, you want to improve your cycling? Don’t worry, we have 9 workouts a week for that. Same for swimming and running!”

The new head coach is excited to begin the work ahead. “I’m passionate about the sport and I’m passionate about coaching,” Borges says. “I could not be in a better place or with better people.”

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