John Hallis is an Ironman Certified Coach and an Accredited Triathlon Australia Coach, providing customised one-to-one training programs for individual athletes, specifically aligned to their goals.
He is currently coaching athletes in the UK, Hong Kong and Australia who are competing in Ironman, Olympic and sprint triathlons, as well as single discipline events.
Where is your start line?
My first ocean swim was in February 2009 when I was encouraged to swim to raise money for a mate's wife who had breast cancer. At the time I was over 120kg, extremely unfit and wasn’t confident swimming a lap in the pool let alone a kilometre from Shelley Beach to Manly. My 14yo daughter was so worried I would drown that she swam alongside me.
My first triathlon in 2011 was a sprint. Not far into the 5k run, I swore I would never ever do anything longer! But I had caught the triathlon bug and in 2012 took on an Olympic distance event. My first IM70.3 at Busso in May 2015 took 5 hours 52 minutes. After getting a coach I returned to Busso the following year and crossed the line in 4:53. It no doubt helped that I was in training for the Cairns Ironman six weeks later but the feeling of knocking an hour off my time was no less euphoric. I completed Cairns in a time of 11:38.57. It was the furthest I had ever swam, cycled or run and to this day I have never run a solo Marathon.
I qualified for the IM70.3 World Championships in 2016 at Mooloolaba and again in 2017 at Tennessee. Then I set my sights on Kona.
Determined to leave nothing behind in my preparation, I gave up alcohol on 1 January 2018.
It was worth it – In December 2018 I qualified for Kona and in October 2019 competed in the Ironman World Championships. It was the culmination of a ten-year, life changing journey. And it doesn’t stop there…
1-on-1 Coaching, Local Coaching, Remote Coaching
Triathlon, Road Cycling, Running, IRONMAN, Swimming
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