Trevor Perkins

Trevor is a keen triathlete and enjoys most endurance sports. Trevor has coached athletes to qualify for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships and IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, as well as coaching athletes to podiums at other events. As an athlete, Trevor has competed in distances, from sprint to long course. His passion for endurance events became a significant part of his life when he completed the gruelling, 56 miles, Comrades Marathon for the first time. His sporting pursuits have included rugby, cricket, athletics, competitive off-road motorbike racing and surfing. Trevor also enjoys the non-competitive aspect of endurance sports, and often takes part in sociable and charitable events. Like most, Trevor has learnt to love the pain that comes with pushing oneself to accomplish what others see as impossible.

 

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Q & A

Where are you based? Braunton - North Devon

When did you get into triathlon? 1994 as an athlete and 2008 as a coach.

How did you first get involved in triathlon? After leaving school I took up marathon running. This lead to ultra distance running, and once this was achieved the seemingly natural progress of my love for endurance sport was the challenge of long distance triathlon.

What is your favourite discipline? This is a hard one, but if I must have a favourite it would be the run simply because it takes less time to get out the door, and it is what got me into tri in the first place.

Why did you choose to take up coaching? I think coaching has chosen me. I started by getting involved with friends looking to take up triathlon. I enjoyed helping, and seeing the results of my efforts. This encouraged me to take the next step and start helping at the local tri club. Triathlon had become a big part of my life so I retrained in order to take up coaching as a new career path.

What is your greatest athletic achievement? Full distance extreme triathlon.

What is your greatest coaching achievement? Helping and coaching enthusiastic triathlete from not being able to complete one length of a 25m pool, or run a few miles without walking, to being able to complete an IM distance triathlon.

What one piece of advice would you give someone new to triathlon? Respect the importance of recovery as much as the importance of putting in the hard yards in training.

Favourite quote: "If you have failed to prepare, you have prepared to fail." - Mark Spitz.