Attila started his triathlon journey like most everybody else: by downloading a one-size-fits-all 8-week training plan from the web. While that helped him complete his first Olympic-distance race without much drama, it also made him realize just how much knowledge, science and experience it takes to not 'just' finish but also to realize meaningful performance gains.
Attila has been involved in various sports throughout his life, both on a high school and college level, from track through basketball to kick-boxing. He took a break from structured training in his 30s before returning to running, up to the half-marathon distance which eventually piqued his curiosity to explore the world of endurance.
During the course of the past 8 seasons as a TriStar athlete, he has developed a deep appreciation for the ultimate triad of triathlon training: workout specificity, nutrition and rest. He believes helping the athlete keep these three factors in balance, while carefully pushing the envelope or optimize in each area as appropriate, should be the focus of coaching, whether she/he trains for a sprint distance race or an Ironman.
While having the discipline to stick to a training plan is critical to quantifiable improvement and success, Attila is also a great believer of listening to the body. Data is super-helpful in gauging performance and progress but how the athlete actually feels before, during or after a workout is equally, if not more, important. Taking these subjective observations into careful consideration is where a coach can, and should, make a difference in an athlete's life.
A triple citizen of the world and a self-confessed data geek, Attila lives in Connecticut with his family and when not coaching or training, he spends time chasing marketing goals at a professional services firm.
Career and Coaching Highlights
Most memorable races so far:
IM Lake Placid
IM 70.3 Timberman
IM 70.3 Eagleman
Challenge Atlantic City 70.3
IM 70.3 Budapest
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