Get to know Mark...

 

TriSMART's Head Coach and founder is Mark Farquhar.  A highly experienced love for sport, a passion to help mentor and support others and gains as much satisfaction from his athletes success as he does his own.  Mark's approach to continuous learning ensures he keeps up-to-date with all the latest coaching strategies, the latest technology and a smarter way to train.

Mark believes that mentoring, accountability and supporting athletes on their journey is just as important as the physical training.  Fitting a structured training programme around a busy lifestyle, work and family commitments can be difficult.  That's why training plans not only need to be flexible, adoptable but also bespoke to the athlete with suitable progression. Goals are achieved with consistency, progressively overloading the body, adaptation and recovery.  

A keen athlete himself, following many years as a Rugby Prop (weighing 120kg) and transforming into a 10x Ironman finisher (Personal Best - sub 10 hours, weight now 80kg), a keen Time Trialist, and Road Racer, Mark also has a passion for running from 5km up to Ultra marathon distance.

Mark has gained invaluable experience from some of the countries leading triathletes and coaches and this added to his sporting experiences has helped to shape TriSMART Coaching.  An innovative and SMART way to train, TriSMART will focus on continual analysis and performance monitoring.  Continuous feedback is crucial to any athletes progression and this at the heart of TriSMART.

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Qualifications and Experience:

  • Sport Ireland Coach Developer

  • ITU Level 2 Triathlon Coach

  • Ironman Certified Coach

  • Stryd Running Power Coach 

  • Training Peaks Level 2 Certified Coach

  • STA Open Water Level 2

  • Advanced Dip. Sports & Exercise Nutrition

  • Cycling Ireland Coach

  • Athletics NI Coach

  • ITU Technical Officer - In progress

  • Nutrition and Hydration Level 1

  • Disability Sports Awareness Course

  • Adult Safeguarding

  • Child Protection

  • First Aid

  • Coach True Anti Doping Program

  • Sport Ireland Coaching Children Course

  • Project Manager

  • BA Hons Degree

  • Over 20 years at top level sports.

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