Coaching Staff

Joby Gutierrez – Head Coach

Fitness Coach Joby Gutierrez

My Philosophy:

You can get awesome results with less time training, but LESS doesn’t mean EASIER. Instead, it’s more focused and purposeful training which means you’ll have more time to do the other things you love. Imagine that? I want to open your eyes to an entirely new way of training – a more effective and purposeful way of training that gets results. The cool thing is that my approach has proven effective with so many athletes. I must warn you though. This method will most likely go against what your training buddies and most Ironman and half Ironman athletes are doing. If you are not open to a new way of doing things, then I’m not the right coach for you. I specialize in helping Ironman and half Ironman triathletes race faster and stronger.

My Story:

I finally qualified for the Ironman World Championships in Kona. However, I wasn’t always a Kona competitor or even close to it. In fact, it’s been a very long journey full of training mistakes. When I first started training for Ironman triathlons I fell into the trap of following the traditional periodization model. I logged lots of volume as I completed mega rides and mega runs in preparation for my Ironman and half Ironman races. Sure I completed the races feeling decent, but I often wondered why other athletes were going so much faster. I wasn’t satisfied with simply completing the race. I wanted to get the most out of myself so I began questioning the traditional periodization model. I began switching my training to focus on the all of the physiological systems that I needed to race fast. I moved away from predominantly endurance type training and instead focused on sport specific strength and some speed which served as the foundation before adding the race specific endurance block. Today I am training less and racing faster. I am so much more focused , I am faster and the best part is that I get lot more time to hang out with my beautiful daughters and wife. This training has evolved into the Team FC system that has quipped so many athletes to set new personal bests and walk away from their races happy and satisfied. Are you ready? More about my coaching philosophy

Accomplishments:

  • USA Triathlon Level I Coach, Certified Sports Performance Coach, First Aid /CPR certified – American Red Cross Masters in Curriculum Design/Program Development, Top age-group Ironman and Olympic distance triathlete  
  • 2 x Kona Qualifier
  • Qualified 8 athletes for Ironman World Championships(70.3 and 140.6)

Jillian Chaney – Triathlon Coach

Jillian Chaney

My Philosophy:

Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. Sooner or later the man who wins is the man who thinks he can. ~Vince Lombardi For me, and the athletes I work with, I believe that we all have a little bit of extraordinary inside us on the cusp of emerging. If you believe it exists and work hard to make it flourish, you can do some pretty incredible things. My focus and passion is in helping athletes on this journey to realize their potential.

Bio:

Jillian Chaney began in the sport of triathlon following a move to Southern California from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Endurance sports were not new to her having been a cross-country runner in high school and a rower in college. Looking for a new challenge, the allure of competing in a multi-sport discipline attracted Jillian to triathlon and she signed up for her first sprint distance triathlon at Disneyland in June 2008. Becoming hooked on triathlon quickly, she sought additional personal challenges and progressed through Olympic distance to completing her first Ironman 70.3 at Vineman in July 2009. Then, on a winters day in early 2010, Jillian, and several of her now Team FC teammates, signed a napkin contract vowing to become Ironmen in 2011. The search for an Ironman coach is what brought Jillian and her friends to Joby and Team FC. Several months of training later, and Jillian achieved her goal of becoming an Ironman in August 2011 at Ironman Canada. Jillian and her teammates decided not to relax and take a well-earned post Ironman break, but instead press on to compete in Ironman Arizona less than 90 days later. Since becoming a two-time Ironman, Jillian has gone on to qualify and compete in two ITU Long Course National Championship races in 2011 and 2012. Based on her performance at the National Championships, she earned a spot on Team USA and had the honor of representing her country at the ITU Long Course World Championships in Vitoria, Spain in July 2012. Jillian’s competitive drive, dedication to training, and perseverance has allowed her to continually surpass race result personal best performances. Passionate, not only about her own success, Jillian encourages and supports her colleagues, friends, and teammates to achieve their training and racing goals.

Accomplishments:

  • USAT Level 1 Coach, ITCA Certified Triathlon Coach
  • USA Cycling Level 3 Coach
  • First Aid/CPR/AED certified
  • ITU Long Course Championship Competitor
  • Four Time Ironman Finisher

Noelle Darden – Triathlon Coach

Noelle Darden

Professional Credentials:

  • USAT Level 1 Triathlon Coach
  • USAT Youth & Junior Certified coach
  • 200-Hour Yoga Works Teacher Training Graduate
  • RRCA Certified Run Coach
  • Schwinn Indoor Cycle Certified Instructor

Accomplishments:

  • 2016 World 70.3 Championship qualifier
  • Competed at 2014 sprint and olympic Nationals (qualified in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016)
  • 4 Full Ironman finishes with one podium ( 5th in AG Arizona 2014)
  • 6 Half Ironman finishes with one 1st place AG finish
  • Ironman AWA 3 years running (2013 bronze, silver in 2014 and currently gold for 2015)
  • Cross Country/LDS Runner for over 25 years
  • 100’s of Road races which include 28 Full Marathons or Ultra’s
  • 4 Time Boston Qualifier
  • Guinness World Record for the shortest overall time to complete a marathon on each of the seven continents, (first woman to do so on the actual continent of Antarctica) 
  • Ironman AWA 3 years running (2013 bronze, silver in 2014 and currently gold for 2015)