Coach John

John Pottebaum Ironman Coach, USA Triathlon Certified Coach, Sacramento Triathlon Coach
Ironman® Certified Coach, USA Triathlon Certified Level I Coach, ACE Certified Group Instructor, CPR Certified

Seek Out Challenges and Take Them On
Triathlon started in the early 1970s, but went to a whole new level in 1978 when a debate was started about who was the toughest endurance athlete – the swimmer, the cyclist or the runner. In order to determine the answer to that debate, the Ironman was created.  Now, the Ironman is considered the ultimate endurance event in the world. Today, we have triathlons of all distances which test athletes in different ways.

The heart and soul of our sport, for me, is the challenge of the three disciplines and having to answer the questions “Can I actually do this? Am I strong enough to finish?”. It’s all about setting challenging goals, being tested in training, putting in the hard work and overcoming whatever obstacles we find along the way.

My Journey  Ironman Coach, USA Triathlon Certified Coach, Sacramento Triathlon Coach
I joined the multi-sport lifestyle over 25 years ago. I started by doing run-bike-run events (formerly called ‘biathlons’ back in the day) to keep myself in shape. More importantly, they were a means to test and push myself. Within a few years, I decided it was time to step up and do a triathlon. Duathlons continued to test my abilities but triathlons added a whole new dimension and degree of difficulty because I had no experience as a swimmer. I quickly got hooked, embraced the challenge, and began searching out different events I could do.

In 2000, after ten years of competing, I turned my passion for triathlon into my livelihood. I left Corporate America, founded Total Intensity Sports, and started coaching triathletes for a living.

Preparation is the Key  Ironman Coach, USA Triathlon Certified Coach, Sacramento Triathlon Coach
How do you best prepare yourself for the rigors of race day? My approach is pretty straight forward. Create similar, if not harder, demands on yourself in your training. My beginner athletes are trained to be completely prepared on race morning. They become totally confident that they will complete the distance they are tackling because they have done it within their training. They KNOW they are going to finish and they are ready to enjoy race day.

My more seasoned athletes are prepared to race and compete. Throughout their training, they test and fine-tune the plan and strategy they want to execute on the race course. Once they reach race day, they know that if they simply execute their plan, good things will happen and the numbers, their finishing time, will take care of itself.

Legends get rewarded in public for what they did for years
in the dark when no one was watching.

Physically prepared, mentally strong, regardless their ability level, after weeks and months of consistent training and hard work, my athletes are ready to get it done on race day! If you want to be completely ready for your next important event… let’s get started.

John’s Rates
Start-up Fee    $ 125

Monthly           $ 225
3-Months         $ 665
6-Months         $ 1,325
9-Months         $ 1,980
12-Months       $ 2,630
Contact John for a free consultation here.
Ironman Coach, USA Triathlon Certified Coach, Sacramento Triathlon Coach