Jim, Head Coach
Specialty: Helping athletes of all levels achieve their goals!
Jim loves triathlon because of the challenge, welcoming community and healthy lifestyle that it encourages. He is a USAT certified coach who has been involved in the sport for over ten years. Getting into the sport after retiring from his career as a collegiate soccer player, he has raced distances ranging from Sprint to Ironman. But, Jim is most passionate about helping other athletes improve and enjoy the sport. When not coaching or training, you can find Jim hanging out with friends and family, walking his Siberian husky, or exploring Chicago’s endless restaurant scene.
Specialty: Not freaking out is a learned skill and one that every first time athlete can learn from Gillian.
She was a backstroke champion at 5 years old but then entered a 20 year retirement. Swimming was her biggest hurdle into triathlons, and she has gone from quitting the swim of her first triathlon to swimming the San Francisco Bay four times. She believes that swimming is a mind game, but swimming effectively and efficiently is all about the technique. There is nothing more rewarding to her than seeing a swimmer go from hating the swim to not being able to wait to hit the water.
Owning our favorite triathlon store, Live Grit, keeps her pretty busy but in her free time she loves doing anything involving puppies and exploring new ways to push the limit in endurance sports.