Ian Murray may be the busiest coach in triathlon

Ian Murray  Credit: Courtesy: Los Angeles Triathlon Club
He may be the busiest coach in triathlon. Ian Murray is the head coach for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training in Los Angeles. Two thousand and one is the pilot program for the L.A. Chapter and, "We are sending 50 athletes to Wildflower for long-course, Olympic and sprint."

He's also the head coach for the Los Angeles Triathlon Club, with over 300 very active members racing all over the world. This team — previously Triathlete Zombies — won last year's Triathlon Club Regional Championships at the Nautica Malibu Triathlon. They also sent over 50 members to Ironman California.

Murray also helps "organize the camps, clinics, and talks aimed at advancing the participation of our members at key races that range from micro sprints to Olympic distance to long course and to ultra distance events."

In his spare time Murray coaches a dozen or so multisport athletes privately.

"I help triathletes, duathletes, cyclists and adventure racers prepare for everything from their first event to the national championships. "He doesn't coach big-time pros, although he's coached pros in the past. "I find the rewards of helping a talented pro reach a pot of gold equally as marvelous as getting a first time Athena to the finish line."

In addition to the camps and clinics elsewhere, he holds monthly talks in his Malibu home on long term preparation for specific races. December's chat was directed at IM California, January's talk will be for athletes bound for Wildflower long course."

Who passes out the chips and dip? Might be his wife, Alexandra Paul, herself an Ironman Hawaii finisher (with an interesting day job).

Murray's also "racing my ass off this year. Mostly road bike stuff early on then tris starting late April, where I'll be trying to help some of my La Grange teams mates make the podium."

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