David Cole - Head coach at DC Triathlon.
Ironman World Championships Kona, Hawaii 2022 – Time 9.54.
4 x Ironman Wales Finisher – Best Time – 10.10
Ironman 70.3 World Championships Nice 2019
Ironman 70.3 World Championships Finland 2023 Qualifier
Ironman World Championships Nice 2023 Qualifier
London Marathon 2023 – 2hrs 34mins
Welsh Age Group Duathlon Champion
European Age Group Duathlon Champion
Level 2 British Triathlon Certified Coach
10 years experience of racing
6 years experience of coaching
David has a wealth of experience in competing whether that be in running, duathlon, or triathlon events globally. He has over 20 years experience in racing and 10 years experience of triathlon racing. He has raced at the Ironman World Championships in Kona 2023 and achieved a time of 9hrs 54mins. He calls this is biggest achievement in triathlon, adapting to the heat and preparing thoroughly for the biggest stage in Ironman triathlon. He uses his years of knowledge and experience, and his own successful methods in training, to develop all his athletes, whether beginners or experienced, in achieving their goals. He has trained multiple athletes to PBs and Ironman 70.3 and Ironman World Championship qualifications. David is a fluent Welsh speaker and prides himself on building a strong relationship with his athlete, building a strong rapport, and communicating on a regular basis.
For more information on coaching, one to one sessions or anything else please send us an email, Instagram or twitter message and follow David on Instagram (@dctriathlon) (@dctriathloncoaching) and twitter (@David88Cole).
London Marathon 2018
Ironman Wales 2018
Ironman 70.3 Majorca 2019
Ironman Ireland 2019
Ironman 70.3 Weymouth 2019
Half Marathon PB 1.45
Ironman Swansea 70.3 2022
Nia was introduced to triathlon when she met David back in 2013. Since then she has completed numerous half marathons, a marathon, open water events, duathlons, sprint, olympic, middle distance and two full distance triathlons! It is safe to say she is now hooked.
David and Nia host the welsh triathlon podcast, Nawr Yw'r Awr together. Nia is a commentator on the Tour de France and Giro D'Italia for S4C.
Nia has been coaching athletes for the past two years and has successfully assisted them on their journeys towards their first triathlon, first 70.3 and first Ironman.
Nia became a mother in 2021 and a year later was back, hitting PBs and competing in triathlons including Ironman Swansea 70.3. She knows what it takes to recover after pregnancy and also understands the demands of training around family life.
4 x 70.3 finisher
1 x 140.6 finisher (IMW)
Ffion may be relatively new to triathlon, but she has fully embraced the lifestyle triathlon offers. Ffion has always been an active individual but think more gym and netball and less swimming, cycling and running.
I was first introduced to triathlon during the 2020 pandemic, where my father was training for IMW that September (so he thought)! I had no other means of exercising, so I bought a hybrid bike, started swimming in open water, and ran. Fast forward two years later, I have successfully completed numerous triathlons and duathlons, including a 12.48 finish in Ironman Wales, which I shared with my father for the first time (thanks Covid!).
My coaching with David began in 2021, and I have been benefiting from his guidance across all three disciplines since then. In a sport that can be very isolating, DCTRIATHLON has a terrific team environment that is second to none.
My recent accomplishments include completing my Level 1 British Triathlon coaching course. My goal is to continue to develop my knowledge by obtaining more qualifications in the future. I am extremely passionate about the sport, and am constantly researching the latest training methods and general triathlon news, whether that’s through podcasts or the internet.
I offer one-to-one coaching and a plan that is created to suit the individual needs of the athlete. Plans are created on a weekly basis with feedback given in a timely manner. I ensure that the athlete understands the requirements and reasoning behind the sessions as this will only help the athlete progress further. I understand the demands of a busy lifestyle and communicate well with athletes to ensure the plan is suitable for them.
My mission is to guide you along your journey to success through long-term consistency and hard work.
Carson came in to triathlon from an angle very different to a lot of others. At 18.5 stone when he started, triathlon was at first a way of losing weight. Never did he think it would take him on the journey he has been on.
Through a very methodical approach to training and losing weight, not doing too much too fast, Carson built in to the athlete he is today, losing over 7 stone in the process and representing Great Britain in his age group.
Carson is incredibly passionate about the sport of triathlon and now wants to take his experiences from over the years and help athletes in similar situations go on similar journeys.
Having also recently had the challenges that a young family bring, with the introduction of twins daughters, his approach and commitment along with his impressive time management to training is a skill that would help any athlete.
I’m 34 and live with my Fiancée and two 2 year old daughters in Dinas Powys which is just outside Cardiff. I am incredibly passionate about triathlon due to the experiences it has offered me, the people I have met and the life it has offered me since taking up the sport. As an original Fat Lad, getting in to triathlon allowed me to finally find something I love, and in turn through the years allowed me to lose weight, get faster and eventually become competitive whilst meeting people who I will call friends for life.
After completing my first triathlon in 2016, never did I think I would represent Great Britain but in 2019 I had the privilege of representing Great Britain in my age category at the World Championships along with completing Ironman Wales in 2022.
But I couldn’t have done this without a team of people. Whilst triathlon is an individual sport, it requires a team of people around you to help you through the tough training days, to make the good memories, to bounce ideas and have a safe place to ask questions. That environment has been crucial to my enjoyment of the sport and the success I have had on my journey and it's what we at DC Triathlon really believe in.
Now my enjoyment and love of the sport has led me to becoming a qualified coach. I have also found that the things I have learnt through my qualification has also significantly improved me as an athlete. This is why my approach to coaching is to focus equally on developing each of my athletes performance and enjoyment of the sport whilst also developing their awareness and understanding of the program and why it is structured in the way it is.
I believe that a coaching relationship is a two way relationship where feedback going both ways is crucial to making things work for both athlete and coach alike. We all have lives outside of triathlon but without feedback from the athlete of what is working, what time they have available and what they enjoy or dislike then the programme cannot be optimised to get the best results and reach your goals, it’s always a team effort.
My coaching philosophy is “As a team we will work together to understand your goals and make a plan to achieve this through consistency."