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Words from some of my amazing athletes:

Words from some of my amazing athletes:

Bree Wee

Bree Wee

Mom & Triathlete

Coach Jimmy has truly helped me find the balance between life, motherhood, and sport. 

Just when I think my plate is full he shows me how to squeeze in hill repeats or reminds me it’s okay if everything doesn’t fit in a single day. 

It’s a lot like working with a smart kid, he knows his stuff yet he’s got this childlike passion for sport that just keeps me motivated.

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Jenny Lagerquist

Jenny Lagerquist

The question is:  do you want a person who will just write your workouts?  Or do you want a coach?

I’m Jenny Lagerquist and I’ve been training and racing under Jimmy for nearly 5 years now.  Jimmy has taken me from a decent triathlete to a competitive triathlete and a very competitive cyclist.  He has seen me through so many stages of life: spouse deployments, pregnancy, post-pregnancy, career demands, career changes, child rearing and now, my own small coaching business.  All the while, he coaches and supports, alters and accommodates, mentors and educates.  And I just keep getting faster.  Jimmy is one of the very few who actually preaches AND practices balance—life with triathlon.  He wants me to succeed but not at the price of an alienated family!  And its true—he will chat with you whenever you need him.  (Sometimes you might get more than you bargained for…)

It’s a little difficult to describe Jimmy: 
hard, but kind;
challenging, but accommodating;
crude, but endearing. 

As an athlete, he has a tremendous record and he has succeeded at bringing that depth of knowledge, skill and desire to his coaching techniques.  Moreover, he’ll celebrate in your achievements and regret your losses, right along with you.

AND the stories. Oh, the stories.  If you want to relive the infantile stages of triathlon, just give him a call.  And if you EVER get the opportunity to ride with him…. well, watch out.

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Molly Friel

Molly Friel

Meeting Jimmy Riccitello in 2000 changed my outlook on running.  I went from going to local races hoping I would place in my age group to “knowing” I could win races overall.  Jimmy started training me in September of 2000.  I was a 3:16 marathoner with dreams of breaking the elusive 3 hours—- under Jimmy’s weekly training schedule within 3 months I ran the Tucson Marathon in 2:54:19 ... and he was literally there every step of the way (okay - he was on a bike so he had it a little easier than I did) - but to this day I think back to that race and am amazed at how committed Jimmy was to me doing my best.  At each mile marker telling me to slow it down or “pick it up!”  and at mile 23 all he could scream was “GO!”  After finishing that race I set another goal that I thought was really unobtainable ... to qualify for the marathon Olympic Trials.  What I believed to be unobtainable, Jimmy believed (in me) to be just another race.  And by 2002 he made me a believer in myself - when I ran a 2:47:40 and qualified for the Olympic Trials, he was my first phone call and his words were “I knew you could do it.”  When I called to tell him I ran 2:45:09 in Sacramento his words were “you really couldn’t run 9 seconds faster?” and I thought back and thought “yeah, I could have.”  That was six years ago ... now at the age of 43 Jimmy has me believing in myself yet again - in spite of age and many of life changes - we have set goals not much different from 2002 - and I know that he’ll be there.  I may curse him when I see a workout that says 8 x 1000 but when I finish I can’t wait to plug in my times to show him 1) that I really did the workout and 2) I did it in the times that he told me I could.  By the way, I cursed him a lot this week.  Thanks J!

Susan Hayden

Susan Hayden

I met Jimmy at a training camp as some unknown guy that was really nice and ran really slow with me for a really long time. Some months later, I was looking for a coach that was willing to help me get better and prepare for what I wanted to do, fit it all in between my family and jobs, and accept that my results might only ever be significant to me.  I was skeptical any coach would be satisfied just coaching a middle of the pack age grouper.  Five years later I’ve surprised myself, I’ve surprised my family and friends and I hope I’ve surprised some of my fellow racers….all thanks to Jimmy (who is probably not surprised). 

Jimmy is genuinely thrilled for me when I reach a goal – any goal.  He’s a dad so he gets the family thing is THE priority. He volunteers his time to several causes (including CAF) and is passionate about contributing to the sport of triathlon, so he gets that my volunteer work as a Race Director is an important part of who I am.  He is an employee so he gets that jobs can’t be ignored. He had a long, successful pro career so he gets wanting to be as competitive as I possible can be.  He just GETS IT…..then he steps in with an invaluable bank of experience and challenges me. He knows what it takes to get results at any level.

Sometimes I expect a cyber-hug and I get tough-love. Sometimes I expect to get tough-love and I get a cyber-hug. I’ve read workouts and thought ‘he’s on crack’...then amaze myself when I actually do them.  He’s always right, reinforcing how difficult it can be for me to make good training decisions from inside my own head. I need that outside pair of eyes to help me get perspective and push myself.  I trust him 100% because I know he has a solid understanding and empathy for who I am, who I want to be, and he has the knowledge and experience to get me there, in any type of event. He is committed to take the journey with me, good and bad – no matter what crazy idea I propose.

Chip Marks

Chip Marks

Perhaps you’re time constrained.  Are you trying to close deals while training for an Ironman?  Is it too difficult for you to find enough time for your kids’ soccer matches and your long weekend workouts?  Or is the problem with your existing coach?  Is he too busy to satisfy your personal needs?  Does he simply post your workouts to Training Peaks?  Does he offer real insights from your hard-earned training data?  Is he difficult to get on the phone, and—when you do finally connect—does he make you feel as if he’s got a million other things that he would prefer to be doing instead of listening to you?  On the other hand, maybe your personal performance is stuck in the mud?  Has your functional threshold not moved in years?  Is a three-hour marathon (or four hour!) really unattainable?  If any of these issues apply to you, then Jimmy Riccitello may be the right choice for you.

In 2008 I decided to make a coaching change after back-to-back disappointments at Mount Washington and Ironman France.  My previous coach was often inaccessible.  I felt as if he didn’t appreciate the nuances inside my data.  I was just another customer.  So, after a long search for a replacement, I finally found Jimmy and haven’t looked back.

Jimmy satisfies all of my requirements in a coach.  He is an excellent listener.  He never, ever rushes me off the phone.  He closely examines my workout data and calls or texts me with comments when I am least expecting it.  He pushes me hard while still offering encouragement.  He provides practical suggestions to make my workouts more effective, as well as more convenient to my hectic personal schedule.

Why is Jimmy so good at this?  Probably because he is a pioneer in the business…not just as a coach but as an athlete as well.  And not just in triathlon, but in each of its three disciplines.  Only a tiny handful of coaches have Jimmy’s credentials.  The breadth and depth of Jimmy’s experience not only makes him unique, it makes him effective.  Jimmy’s life experience as an athlete, coupled with his superb communication skills, reservoir of knowledge in the esoterica of sports physiology, and sense of humor all contribute to his specialness.  As a result, Jimmy is not merely a coach.  Jimmy is an adviser, mentor, shrink, tactician and a coach.

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