Ron Saetermoe

Location: Orange County, California


I encourage everyone to “train like a triathlete,” even those that don’t compete because the variety of training feeds the body and the soul.

Ron Saetermoe


Growing up in Michigan, I spent most of my waking hours outside. I participated in just about every sport I could although the only one I was above average at was swimming.

Unlike many top age-group triathletes, I didn’t compete in sports in college. It wasn’t until after that I began my passion with running. It was 1983 when I did my first sprint triathlon (on a borrowed bike) and a new passion was born.

Since 1983 I’ve completed over 200 triathlons from sprint to Ironman. As my results improved so did my passion. Today, I’m one of the top triathletes in the world in my age group.

Professionally, I’m a serial entrepreneur. I worked in the automotive industry my entire career and later founded Triathica, the first dedicated triathlon training center in the U.S.


  • Operated Triathica, the first U.S.-based triathlon training center.
  • Started PaceMaker Fitness and the in-pool swim pacer.
  • Created a swimmer’s workout app.
  • Created a stationary bike workout app.
  • Competed in over 200 triathlons.
  • Completed 16 full Ironman races.
  • Qualified, and completed five Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona.
  • Qualified, and completed two Ironman 70.3 World Championships.
  • Ironman certified coach.

My Coaching Philosophy

People stay motivated when they see progress, so I track milestones for my athletes so they can see that their efforts are bringing them closer to their goals. The focus is always on their goals (which do change) making sure their efforts are pointed toward those goals.