Location: Glen Ellyn, Illinois
In the Air Force, I taught people how to fly and make them mission ready. Now I help people reach new heights in their athletic dreams.Tony Washington
I’ve been coaching and teaching people all of my life. In the Air Force, I taught people how to fly and make them mission ready. For fun, I taught people to race cars. Now I help people reach new heights in their athletic dreams.
- Ironman U Level 1 Coach
- US Air Force Academy Graduate, Biology with Sports Performance Concentration
- Collegiate Competitive Swimmer
- 7 Time Ironman, PR 11:13 M50-54 Age Group,
- 2021 70.3 World Championship Qualifier,
- Challenge Roth Finisher,
- 6 Time Marathon finisher ,
- Qualified for USA Triathlon Nationals
- 40+ years of swimming experience ,
- 30 years of cycling experience racing MTB, Road and Cyclocross
My Coaching Philosophy
I love to help everyone. If you are in Chicago, I will actively coach your workouts, especially swimming. I value consistency. I have a very flexible schedule. If you are outside of my area, I use virtual tools to develop better stroke techniques in the swim or bike fitting, for example.
I’ve been an athlete all of my life. I ran track, played soccer and baseball as a small boy. My family moved a lot, but the sports were always there. I started swimming competitively at 11 years old. I did my first triathlon in 1982 in Central Maine. I swam at the Air Force Academy specializing in sprint freestyle. I ran the Denver Marathon in College. I took up racing mountain bikes in Germany. A discipline I still love.
Moving back to the states, I continued cycling, picking up road and cyclo-cross racing. I started Masters Swimming. I was still very fast. When I moved to Chicago, I started running again. I ran a few marathons and rekindled my love for triathlon. Since I was in swim and cycling shape and was learning how to run again, I started doing triathlons again.
I’ve done 6 Iron Distance triathlons and several Marathons; I’m a bigger guy, so understand the issues of guys my size. I’m also African American, so I understand some of the challenges we face. I have experience with nutrition and hydration challenges in many climates having lived in Colorado, Texas, Arizona and now Chicago.