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Women Who Endure

Women’s Endurance Sports Resources

To endure is to overcome. To overcome adversity and suffering with stamina, fortitude, and tenacity. These are the hallmarks of powerful women across the globe and are exemplified by the strength of female endurance athletes. TrainingPeaks celebrates the incredible women who are overcoming hurdles and smashing finish lines on a daily basis.

Featured TrainingPeaks Athletes

These women are breaking barriers and blazing through finish lines

Yewande Adesida

Yewande Adesida

Cyclist, Ph.D. Candidate

London, U.K.
TrainingPeaks User Since 2014

“I’m finishing up a PhD looking at wearable technology in sport, while also coaching rowing and competing as a cyclist on the track and road.”

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Gwen Jorgensen

Gwen Jorgensen

Olympic Triathlete, Working Mother

Boulder, Colorado
TrainingPeaks User Since 2010

Gwen Jorgensen is 2016 Rio Olympic Champion and two time World Champion in the triathlon. She is a mom of two boys (George and Stanley) and wife to Patrick Lemieux.

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The Warriors

Cyclists, 2024 Olympic hopefuls

London, U.K.
TrainingPeaks Users Since 2023

Mina, Perisa, and Arefa risked their lives to escape from the Taliban following their ban of women playing sport. Under the guidance of their coach, James Hey, the Warriors have shared their stories about their hopes of competing in the UCI World Championships in Glasgow in August 2023 and also reaching the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

Their Incredible Story

Mieke Kröger

Mieke Kröger

Cyclist, Olympic Champion

TrainingPeaks User Since 2022

Mieke is an Olympic champion with an infectious character that is as powerful as her time trial. She is one of the best in the world against the clock, with a gold medal in the team pursuit from Tokyo 2020 as her crowning achievement on the track.

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Women’s Endurance Sports Tips

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Featured TrainingPeaks Coaches

These women are leaders and experts in endurance training

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Natasha Van Der Merwe

Founder of NVDM Coaching, Professional Triathlete

Austin, Texas

“We start by learning all we can about the athlete and their current lifestyle so that we can make sure to create a balance between life and training where the athlete can complete and be consistent in the training plan given to them.”

Coaches: Swimming, Cycling and Running

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Alice And Hannah Barnes

Alice and Hannah Barnes

Founders of SYNRGY Coaching, Professional cyclists, Sisters

Manchester, U.K.

“We are here to create training plans that are intricately built around the nuances of the female physiology.”

Coaches: Cycling

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Victoria Phillippi

Owner of Run4PRs, 13x Boston Marathon Qualifier

Minneapolis, Minnesota

“At Run4prs, we take a personalized approach to help each athlete optimize their training to reach a new level.”

Coaches: Running, Triathlon, Nordic Skiing

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Sarah Lundqvist

CEO of Aktivitus Testklinik & Coaching, Elite Mountainbiker


“My training philosophy is: always individual. Everyone has different possibilities and should have different guidelines!”

Coaches: Cycling, Triathlon, Running, Skiing, Swim/run, Obstacle Course Racing

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Katie Malone

Katie Malone

Owner of Malone Coaching, 30x IRONMAN

Landrum, South Carolina

“The best way I know to help athletes have longevity in the sport is to teach the fundamentals and follow that up with fun and engaging workouts in a positive team atmosphere.”

Coaches: Triathlon, Running, Ultrarunning

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Rachel Sears Casanta

Rachel Sears Casanta

Founder of Hypercat Racing and Hypercat Cycleworks, Former Professional Triathlete

Ventura, California

“My training philosophy is to support athletes by understanding what they need by meeting them where they are, with the appropriate training strategies and tools for higher achievement in sport and life.”

Running (road/trail/ultra), Cycling, Aquathlon, Aquabike, Duathlon, Triathlon

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Coach Amanda Brooks

Amanda Brooks

Owner of Run to the Finish, Published Author

Boulder, Colorado

“There are a lot of paths to the same end result, let’s find the one that’s best for you.”

Coaches: Road Running: 5K to Marathon, Trail Running and Ultras

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Karen Parnell

Karen Parnell

Owner of Chili Tri, London Classics Hall of Famer

Spain and U.K.

“Training should be fun, interesting, intelligent, tailored to your needs, and effective — you need to enjoy the journey as well as the destination!”

Coaches: Triathlon and Open Water Swimming

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Zoe Armstrong

Zoe Armstrong

Coach at Synrgy, Sports Therapist

Girona, Spain

“Riding your bike must always maintain the fun aspect whilst seeing steady progression to individuals goals.”

Coaches: Cycling (MTB and Road)

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Christine Schirtzinger

Christine Schirtzinger

Owner/Founder of T2 Coaching, Registered Nurse

St Charles, Illinois

“I assist athletes in maximizing their physiologic potential by utilizing tried and true principles of science.”

Triathlon (Full Distance and Half Distance)

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Kara Goucher

Kara Goucher

2x Olympic Runner, NBC Sports Analyst

Boulder, Colorado

“I believe in putting in the time and commitment to see what you can get out of your body, but I also believe you need to enjoy the process and appreciate your growth.”

Coaches: Running (10k, Half Marathon, Marathon)

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More Women’s Endurance Sports Resources

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Recommended Listening:

TrainingPeaks CoachCast episode with Connie Carpenter Phinney, the first female cyclist to win an Olympic gold medal.

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Recommended Listening:

Feisty Triathlon Podcast

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Run to the Finish by Amanda Brooks

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GRIT & GRACE | The Story of the 1st Women’s Paris-Roubaix by Specialized Bicycles

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Female Athlete Program at Boston Children’s Hospital

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Carroll, J. (2019, March 7). A history of women’s running. Retrieved from https://www.runnersworld.com/uk/training/motivation/a26748147/a-history-of-womens-running/ 

Flynn, S.W. & Lacke, S. (2022, June 23). A Brief History of Women in Triathlon. Retrieved from https://www.triathlete.com/culture/a-brief-history-of-women-in-triathlon/

Hurford, M. (2022, April 19). The Pioneers Who Paved the Way for Women in Cycling Today. Retrieved from. https://www.bicycling.com/culture/a35866989/historic-women-in-cycling/ 

Missel, R. & Smith, I. (2018, September 24). The Totally True, Totally Weird History of Your Cycling Shorts. Retrieved from https://www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear/a22724424/history-cycling-clothing/

Roberts, L. (2019, November 8). The Great Gender Gap – The Past, Present and Future of Women in Endurance Sports. Retrieved from https://altitudeathletictraining.com/women-in-endurance-sport/

Welch, B. (2022, July 18). A brief history of the ‘women’s Tour de France’. Retrieved from https://www.velonews.com/events/tour-de-france-femmes/a-brief-history-of-the-womens-tour-de-france/

Zheutlin, P. (2023). Annie Londonderry. Retrieved from https://annielondonderry.com/