I have had 3 coaches even since I started racing triathlons. I chose Paul Schon because of his experience and mostly because of the what-if factor. It's not just about following a training plan it's the nutrition, injuries and the unexpected issues that come up. Another attribute that I like about Paul is that he helps others even if they don't have a coach. His personality is easy going and is always available for any questions or concerns that you may have.
Paul Schon has coached me through many Half and full distance triathlons. The results that I have achieved to date are largely due to Paul’s perfect combination of diverse training methods, Individualized exercise programs and challenging yet achievable goal setting. His professionalism, extensive knowledge and enthusiastic commitment to his clients, provides the perfect scenario success. Paul has made himself available at all hours of the day and night to address whatever problems or concerns I might have, Weather it is nutrition, bike fit, clothing, gear( for race day), Heart rate zones, run or bike cadence, swim issues, aches and pains or just plain pre-race anxiety. His extensive knowledge of different venues helps me to mentally prepare for the next race. Most of all he knows how to help with balancing family life and meeting my triathlon goals.
(Olympic distance 2014 triathlete). In being a complete beginner to the sport of triathlon, I was searching for a coach with ironman race experience but also one who is currently racing as rules, technology, strategies are constantly being updated. This person is Paul Schon, whose track record speaks for itself and most of all, if you ever ask him what he loved most about one ironman distance or another, he always says" It's all about having fun out there". Now that's the spirit I can jive with. I had just completed a couple of sprint triathlons before working with Paul and my goals this race season was to build up to the Olympic distance for 2 races while still racing sprint distances. Paul set me up with a training plan that was catered to my goals, but most of all worked with me to improve fit, form and function -- fit on the bike, form in the pool and function on the run. The run was my weakest, so he worked on both the physical form and mental challenges. His workouts, though intense had a fun flair to it towards the end of each week. As a coach, i could reach out to him anytime, anywhere. But more importantly, I saw him at almost every group workout, and that amounted to at least 3 times a week. That sort of visibility was key in getting the most out of my training and asking the questions as they propped up. I took a lot away from my technique training with Paul on my bike in group rides. As the race season wrapped up, I finished 2 Olympic races and several sprint races with improvements in fit, form and function noticeable in my times recorded. I can't say enough good things about Coach Paul and I highly recommend him to any beginner starting out.
I have been around the sport of triathlon for over a decade. In my encounters, the most knowledgeable practitioner and coach is Paul Schon. I used Paul as my coach in 2010 when I undertook my third Ironman at Wisconsin at the age of 60. His hands on approach and technique helped me PR by an hour. In 2013 my wife at the age of 61, and a grandmother of two, decided that she wanted to accomplish a life goal and complete an Ironman triathlon. We both signed up for Ironman Arizona. I knew that there was only one person who could help her get across that finish line under 17 hours and that person was Paul Schon. Paul worked with my wife tirelessly to first convince he that she could so it and then to incorporate the proper training schedule and techniques to ensure that she would cross that finish line. On November 17th, 2013 my Bride of 38 years crossed the finish line at Ironman Arizona in 16 hours and 33 minutes but more importantly she crossed with a huge smile on her face. And for me, well under Paul's tutelage I again PR'd at the age of 63 when I came across the finish line in 14:40. I would highly recommend Paul for any athlete at any level.
Paul made sure we crossed the finish line. Paul is incredibly adept at connecting with his athletes, he works to find what motivates you and what makes you tick and uses that to make sure you are at your best on race day. He knows all the best training spots in St. Louis and also knows the ins and outs of almost all the Ironman courses. He is a staple if the St. Louis Triathlon community and can help connect you with other aspiring athletes in the area. His training techniques really help perfect your form and make you a more confident athletes. We would highly recommend Paul!
Big shout out to Paul, my 2013 racing season just ended and I could not have done it without the help of Paul; from IronBrick Coaching. I came to IronBrick as I needed a triathlon coach for Ironman Arizona and was looking for someone with extensive Ironman experience and training knowledge. From the beginning, I felt comfortable with the direction and plan for the season. Paul was easily accessible via phone, text, or e-mail and always promptly answered my questions. To be honest, I just did what he told me to do and the results followed. Obviously, the training wasn't that simple, but I trusted his Ironman knowledge and I am a better athlete both physicalyl and mentally because of it. I finished my season with a 11:01 at my first Ironman in Arizona. I could have been faster if I would have listened to Paul's race day advice on drinking cola."
"I chose IronBrick and Paul because he promised something different than the "cookie-cutter" training programs a lot of other coaches out there offer. He didn't fit me into a program, he fit the program to myself and my goals. Case in point - the first year I worked with Paul, I blew my knee out two months before my IM. I was able to bike and swim so Paul designed a program that got me to the finish line in a respectable 13 hours. Not bad for a 50 year old woman who did not run one step until she trotted out of T2. Two years later, with Paul's coaching, I qualified for Kona. So whether you're thinking of doing your first triathlon, or you want to finish an IM upright with a smile on your face or qualify for Kona, Paul can make it happen."