Ken grew up in Stevens Point and ran track, cross country, and swam for just one year in high school. After high school Ken spent 3 years as an airborne infantry soldier in the US ARMY. He ran his first marathon in North Carolina while he was stationed at Fort Bragg. He returned to Stevens Point to attend college and ran cross country his freshman year. During that year he took an intro to triathlon class and has been racing ever since. Ken was a member of the UW triathlon team for 3 years while attending UW-Madison and competed in Collegiate Nationals a couple of times. In 2010 Ken qualified for Age Group worlds at the national race in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In 2011 he went to Beijing, China to race as part of team USA.
Ken has complete Ironman Wisconsin 4 times and has run over 20 marathons. His favorite race is the American Birkebeiner, a cross-country ski race held annually in Hayward, WI.
Welcome back for a second year Mike. We are excited to have him share his knowledge of training with power.
Born in Janesville, WI Mike grew up playing baseball and football, but his interest in those started fading after getting a motorcycle at the age of 12. Mike began racing motocross at the age of 16 and continued racing for about 10 years. Years later, after getting a job in the bike industry, Mike got the bug and began cycling. On a whim, he entered a duathlon in 2007 which led to a few more duathlons and eventually a sprint tri. He raced his first half and full ironman in 2008. Since then he has raced 6 Ironmans (including IMWI 3 times, IMCOZ, IMHI and the Great Floridian), about a dozen half ironmans, several Olympic and sprint tris, duathlons and time trials. His focus is often primarily on long-course triathlon, but he loves to race and fills his schedule with a mix of races every year.
Mike began coaching in 2013. Having trained and raced with power since 2007, Mike’s strength as a coach is power-based training and monitoring and planning training loads utilizing metrics like TSS/CTL/ATL/TSB. Some of his main influences are Arthur Lydiard, Jack Daniels, Hunter Allen and Andrew Coggan. Mike is a big believer that consistency is king and that if you focus on the process (plan the work, work the plan) the results will come.
Coach Julie is thrilled to be invited back as a third year WIC coach. She thrives upon seeing her athletes give it 100 percent during her motivating workouts. As a coach, Julie loves seeing the looks of relief and accomplishment on her athletes' faces when they finish grueling workouts. She also enjoys problem solving with athletes when they encounter injuries or need to push through training plateaus.
A supremely gifted runner, Julie thrives on all types of fitness. You may see her teaching water aerobics, hammering out a Jillian Michaels workout, building strength for her job as a firefighter, or hanging with the outrageously fast paced front group at the cap brew group bike rides.
Born and raised in Columbus, Indiana, Julie is the youngest of five kids who all ran cross country and track at the high school and college level. Though most people know Julie as a tough athlete and competitor, few people know that she has played violin since she was three and was a ten-year participant in 4-H.
Welcome back to WIC Julie!.
We're happy to introduce Peter Fillipi, Wisconsin Triterium's "King of the Mountain," will be returning for his third year. He originally hails from Osceola, Wisconsin.
Once Peter began to consider himself an athlete, he realized that he learned a great deal about the sport of triathlon from his coaches, other athletes, and a wide array of other people and sources—and that his "coaching" was, in fact, coming from lots of directions. He has always wanted to be able to teach and provide support to those around him, and has a desire to learn from every interaction with other athletes. Coaching is a continuation of this and Peter wants to help people learn how they need to achieve their goals.
Peter was originally drawn to triathlon in 2008 after a running injury led him to cycling, and he has loved triathlon ever since. Before he even learned to swim, he had signed up for a half iron distance event. Peter has been competing in local triathlons for the past 5 years as a successful age-group athlete, as a member of the UW-Madison triathlon team, and as a Team SISU athlete. He is currently preparing for his second Ironman Wisconsin this year.
Peter says he has an infinite love for coffee. "If I know two things in life it is triathlon and coffee."
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Meet our Great Coaches!
Coach Zeus is excited to be back for a sixth year. Coach Z thrives on hard work and dedication while helping his athletes reach their goals.
Coach Zeus was raised in Janesville, WI and was a three - sport athlete in high school; soccer, basketball, and track. He lettered in Varsity as a freshmen in the 400 meter dash, was a team leader in all three sports, and earned many academic scholarships leading into college. He earned his Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and has a Masters of Science in Counseling from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. While he likes to play hard ball, he's also very understanding of the athlete's needs. But rarely does he tolerate whining!
Coach Zeus says he models his coaching after Coach K from Duke University Basketball; "I like to know why the athlete does what he/she does. I want to get inside their heads, push them, yet I expect the athlete to possess a sense of accountability." As a USAT certified coach, Z has led athletes to successful finishes in 5K's, Ironman's, and everything in between. Coach Zeus is looking forward to kicking off another great season of indoor cycling!
Outside of WIC and full-time coaching, coach Z works as a therapist specializing in counseling teens, families, drug and alcohol addictions, eating disorders, and depression. He can also be found eating steak tacos at almost any time of the day.