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. He’s raced distances ranging from Sprint to Ironman, but he 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: Running guru. That’s all you need to know.
Kristan has been exploring the city in her running shoes for the better part of a decade and coaching runners from beginners to marathoners nearly as long. When injury demanded she seek alternative physical activity, Kristan took her PT’s advice and decided to give tri a try. She has fully embraced the multisport lifestyle, completing multiple sprint and 70.3 triathlons and her first Ironman in 2015.
Utilizing her education in marketing and communications, Kristan shares her experience and knowledge of endurance sport to help other athletes achieve their goals. When she’s not training, Kristan can be found devouring the latest endurance sport literature and studying training data from her Garmin in pursuit of her next PR.
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.