What our athletes are saying

Alyssa is an exemplary coach. Her years of experience as an endurance athlete combined with her approachable and supportive attitude make her an ideal leader.

Alyssa always reviews my goals with honesty and creates training plans specific to my needs and experience level. Even after five years of working together, she continues to provide workouts that challenge me as well as build necessary mental toughness.

Under Alyssa’s guidance, I’ve achieved personal bests across every distance from 5k to Ironman, and accomplished things I never thought possible, like finishing an Ultraman triathlon. I’d recommend Alyssa’s coaching to anyone looking to work hard and improve their performance alongside an honest, knowledgable, and diligent coach.

- Briana Frank

When I started in triathlon in 2004 I trained without a coach.  Over the years I improved gradually from middle of the pack, to consistently finish near the top of my age group with some podiums.   My performance started plateauing though, and I was worried that my best days were behind me.  I was lucky enough to see firsthand starting in 2017 how Hillary improved my wife Amy as a triathlete.  I wanted that for myself too and signed up with Hillary December 2018.

Since working with Hillary, I’m faster and fitter than I’ve ever been. Just in 2019, I qualified for both Kona 140.6 & 70.3 AG world championships.  The 70.3 first place finish in my age group was the first time I’ve ever been on the top of the podium in an Ironman-branded event. That 70.3 race had 2018 Kona 140.6 qualifiers in my age group so there was plenty of competition that day.

Hillary has helped me to improve my weakest discipline, running, while still making performance gains on my bike and swim.  She has done that through careful coaching, knowing how and when to push me mentally and physical, and when to tell me to back off and rest.

I also learned to love swimming in the pool from her, something I used to find excuses to neglect.  I used to take months off swimming over winter and spent way too much time catching up in the spring.  The catching up was detrimental to the run/bike disciplines.

Hillary found the key to unlock the untapped potential in me.  Hillary can find that key for you too – if you want it! 

- Dave Lundberg

Taryn is more than a coach: she invests in your well being. She looks past just plugging workouts in to a program and perfectly tailors the workouts to my complicated work and personal schedule.

I will never forget the many phone calls during a multi-day race where we discussed the next day and the best thing she told me was “to stay where I was.”  

Everything about her approach is perfect for me and I am so happy to have her on my team. Plus, I love getting to watch her be a hardcore racer herself!

- Lily Schmulowitz

After competing in Ironman-distance races for almost a decade, I decided to try to tackle an Ultraman. A friend recommended Hillary for coaching, and the rest is history. We set the goal, to cross an Ultraman finish line in 2019, and got to work in July 2016.

The following year I qualified for Kona—twice—long after having given up on qualifying and racing there.

Hillary optimized my training, but more importantly, she changed the way I think about myself as an athlete. I charged into the Ultraman training blocks with confidence and faith in the process.

The race was epic, mostly because I stuck exactly to the plan Hillary mapped out for us. Not only did I finish Ultraman Canada, but I also landed on top of the podium (overall women’s winner and a 50+ age group record).

After 28 years of competitive racing, at 50 years old, I was the most fit I’d ever been. I attribute a big chunk of my success to Hillary and her amazing coaching staff. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have been coached by the best in the sport.

- Kathryn Zeiler

Amy’s coaching has completely invigorated my passion for triathlon and running! I grew up running cross country and distance track, and did many marathons before finding my way to triathlon in 2013. I started training with Amy in June 2021, after qualifying for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships but feeling unenthused about following my same old race build plan.

Training with Amy’s expert, steady guidance felt completely different! I did more volume and intensity than ever before, but with less injury. Amy somehow comes up with just the right combination of swim, bike, run, recovery, and strength work to keep me progressing. My trust in her methodology has pushed me to complete challenging workouts that I never would have attempted before. Now when I’m at the starting line, I have the confidence that comes from knowing I’ve done everything Coach Amy instructed to be as prepared as possible.

While training with Amy has been more intense than what I was used to, it fits into my life more easily than I expected. Amy is very willing to work with me on figuring out how rest days can be scheduled both for needed recovery and when “real life” interferes with workouts happening on certain days. And she finds ways to incorporate fun workouts when I’m traveling with my family. Amy also has been a master of suggesting how to manage little pains or niggles before they become something serious. After assuming I would never run a marathon again due to my fear of injury, I trusted Amy’s expert coaching enough to run the Coastal Delaware Marathon in April 2022, winning my 50-54 age group and qualifying for the 2023 Boston Marathon. Major improvement in my biking has been another result of Amy’s guidance, and it lead me to an Ironman 70.3 (Wisconsin 2022) age group win, which totally shocked and gratified me!

However, while podium finishes are always fun, the true essence of Amy’s coaching has been about helping me execute my personal best race on the given day, and appreciating all the health and fitness achieved along the way. I view maximizing my endurance sports potential as a long, ongoing journey, and I can’t even imagine being able to enjoy this journey so much without Coach Amy!

- Suzanne Hurst

Working with Alyssa has changed my life for the better in so many ways – from giving me tangible goals to work towards day in and day out, keeping me accountable on my good and bad days, and giving me the competitive outlet that I emotionally need. 

Having a support system and coach there every single day, listening to me, and adjusting my workouts has been game-changing. Having a coach has also helped me to see that even when life or work throws me some massive curveballs, it is still possible to work towards and achieve my lofty goals.

Since I started working with Alyssa my PR’s have been great (went from a 2:09 half marathon to running a 1:41 DURING a marathon).

I have no doubt that I would not be the athlete I am today without this coaching team, and I am beyond grateful to get to be a part of it every day.

- Julie Moore

My first IRONMAN was in 2010. By the end of 2016, I had completed 18 IRONMANs, with one podium, multiple top 10 finishes and a trip to Kona via the Legacy program, but I had lost all enjoyment in training. I decided some coaching/direction might be what I needed to put some spunk back into the process. 

I started training under Hillary in mid-December 2016 and my training immediately became interesting, structured, and a little bit scary. Hillary has a gift for pushing her athletes further than they might think possible and an uncanny ability to know just when a rest day is needed.

In my first three years of being coached, with guidance from Hillary and the support of the entire Biscay Coaching team, I achieved numerous PRs, ended up on nine IRONMAN podiums, and qualified for Kona three times. My husband, Dave Lundberg, was so impressed by the success I had working with Hillary… or maybe he was just tired of me beating him to the finish line… that he signed on with Hillary in late 2018.

- Amy Hite

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