Nicholas Marcantonio: Coach Interview Questionnaire

I ran cross country and track at SUNY Cortland, where I was a 3 x All - American in cross country and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fitness development. In grad school I began running road races and got the idea to do an Ironman triathlon after going through a rough period following my father's passing. During this time I subsequently dropped out of graduate studies and briefly took a job as an assistant cross country coach at RPI while training for the Ironman. I made world championships in Kona Hawaii for my age group and figured If I can make worlds in my first Ironman race, then I have what it takes to do the sport professionally. This brings us to the present day, where I now coach runners and triathletes under Adirondack Endurance. I am certified by USA Triathlon as a coach as well.

Five years of coaching experience. 14 years of running experience. 6 years of triathlon race experience, which I race professionally in.

I don’t have a personal coach for my cycling and running, I write that training myself. But, I do have a swim coach and I consult with other professionals in the field of exercise physiology when it comes to planning my training.

I don’t specialize in any particular distance for running or triathlon. But, most of the people I work with are running races from 5k and up and doing sprint triathlons to full ironmans. My PRs are 14:50 in the 5k, 30:20 in the 10k, 1:08:50 in the half marathon for running. I have a PR of 3:45 in a half Ironman which I did this past summer in my first season as a pro and a full Ironman PR of 8:55 which I did racing as an amateur. I haven’t run an open marathon, but I have run under 3 hours in a marathon multiple times off the bike in a full Ironman.

All the training I give my athletes is 100 percent custom based on their physiology and lifestyle. I am able to program workouts around their schedule by having good communication with my athletes and adjusting things as needed based on anything that comes up in their life.

Refer to question 4 for distances. I primarily specialize in road running and triathlon, but I can also coach trail runners and xterra (off road) triathletes.

I do prescribe cross training for the runners I work with. I feel it is very beneficial for recreational runners all the way to elite runners.

All my athletes have unlimited contact with me.

When an athlete comes to me with pain / potential injury the first step is to get a thorough understanding of what is bothering them. Then decide what the best course of action is moving forward.

Yes, my initial consultations with prospective clients are free for 2022.

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