How Mark Got Ironman Success - Coach Ray

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How Mark Got Ironman Success

I met Ray 13 years ago as a young soldier when he was the Physical Training Instructor (PTI) for my unit in the Army. Over the first few years I had a good insight into his training style and used his training programmes to run my first marathons in my late teens/early 20’s.

When I started to look for a coach for finishing an Ironman I looked up Ray as I had already experienced his coaching and training style. We started with a phone consult where we discussed what my goals were, how he ran his training for an event like this and what coaching package would best suit what I wanted to achieve. I went with the Team Qwik Kiwi. Ray understands the needs of life and can tailor your training around your individual needs. I work shift work on an 8 day week so my training was written to suit this. As it is a long process to train for an Ironman Ray uploaded my training week by week and tailored it to suit changes in my roster, fatigue levels, or if I had any injuries/or niggles. My intention was to do it once, but I decided to carry on training for another year to complete Ironman twice along with a number of other events along the way including the Taupo 70.3 Half Ironman in 2017 and 2018.

Some highlights achieved as a result of the training include:

  • 3rd place overall 2018 Tauhara Trail Half Marathon
  • Achieved Sports Waikato’s Erin Baker and Cameron Brown Awards twice
  • 2018 Ironman NZ 10:39 (1:04 / 5:34 / 3:54)
  • 2019 Ironman NZ 10:29 (1:03 / 5:50 / 3:29)
  • Achieved an Ironman All World Athlete (AWA) Bronze rating for the 2019 following 2018 results.

Throughout the last few years Ray has always been approachable and put in a lot of time and effort each week to keep mine and his other athletes training updated. I wouldn’t have achieved the results I have without Ray and would recommend him as a coach to anyone looking to achieve their sporting goals.

– Mark Doohan (Taupo)

If you would like to talk to me about coaching for your next event, checkout the coaching options available with the Qwik Kiwi Squad.


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Ray has competed in triathlons from sprint to ironman distance (both IM Taupo and Challenge Wanaka). Consequently he is aware of the importance of balancing training with lifestyle, thus complimenting other important aspects of an athlete’s life (family, work, study commitments etc…). • Entering your first triathlon? • Stepping up to a longer distance? • Looking to go faster? • Wanting to turn previous negatives into positives? Ray has coached athletes to achieve these and more. Training programmes are accessible online, so athletes can be located anywhere and still reap the benefits of Ray’s coaching. Contact him to discuss how he can assist you to achieve your goals.
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