Iain Banks

Iain Banks


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  • Peaks Coaching Group Iain Banks
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Annapolis, Maryland

USAC Level 3 Coach
USATF Level 1 Coach
PCG Elite Coach
Coaching Focus: Tri

Background

I raced mountain bikes competitively at the National Expert level in the UK since 1995, I relocated to the U.S.A in 2004 and began to race competitively in triathlon. After a season of primarily Olympic distance events, I moved up to the longer half-ironman distance, where the endurance nature of the races proved more to my suiting.

I am part owner of Parvilla Cycle & Multisport in Annapolis, Maryland, and am vice president of the Annapolis Bicycle Racing Team. I've been coaching since 2009.

Coaching Philosophy

Being an experienced athlete and coach, primarily within multisport events, I understand the needs of the triathlete from sprint distance to Ironman. The everyday balance of life as well as the three sports is crucial to enabling you to reach your goals. Whether you're looking to finish your first sprint triathlon, become an Ironman, or qualify for world championships, I can help you get there! In multisport events no stone can be left unturned, and race day preparation doesn’t consist of just having the race fitness. To fully succeed in multisport races requires the important blend of fitness, confidence, nutrition, and race-day strategy.

Notable achievements
  • Qualified for the 70.3 World Championships in 2007, 2008, and 2009
  • Qualified for the ITU Long-Distance Duathlon World Championships in 2007 and 2011
  • Qualified for the ITU Long-Distance Triathlon World Championships in 2010
  • Mid-Atlantic Ultra Distance Triathlon Champion at the 2008 ChesapeakeMan Ultra Distance (Ironman) Triathlon
  • Top ten at the National Marathon (2 hrs 40 mins)
  • Ranked as a USA Triathlon All-American since 2005
  • National Long Course Duathlon Age Group Champion (2012)
  • Ironman Distance: 9 hrs 44 mins (ChesapeakeMan, 2012)
  • Ironman Distance: 9 hrs 56 mins (IM Louisville, 2009)
  • 70.3m Distance: 4 hrs 15 mins (Kinetic Half, 2010)
  • Half Marathon: 1 hr 16 mins (B&A Trail Half Marathon, 2010)
  • 10km: 34 mins 52 secs (2009)
  • 40km Time Trial: 56 mins 55 secs (Carlisle, 2010)
Athlete testimonials

After competing in triathlons for eight years, I thought it was the right time to sign up for the 2010 Louisville Ironman. Although I had experience, I wasn't sure of the right way to train for this long distance race. Iain helped prepare me for the race physically, mentally, and with my nutrition. As a result of his coaching, I had a great experience during the race and finished under my goal time. Thanks, Iain, for preparing me so well!  - Lindsey Ward, Ironman Athlete

I've been competing in triathlons for ten years in distances from sprint to half-ironman. I also have a degree in exercise physiology. Nonetheless, when I was preparing to take the plunge into Ironman Coeur d’Alene, I knew I needed some coaching from someone with experience at that distance. Iain was the perfect choice for me. He’s raced that distance a number of times and brings a great deal of experience to the table. In addition, I felt he left no stone unturned. From training to nutrition to race travel, he was there to dial me in and focus me on the prize. I went there with peace of mind knowing I was prepared for the day. I recommend him without hesitation. Thanks, Iain; you got me to the line.  - Spencer Seibert, Ironman Athlete

Coach Banks was instrumental in my qualifying for both short- and long-course world duathlon championships, winning a national title in the Clydesdale category and the U.S. Long Course Duathlon Championships, and receiving an honorable mention for the first time in the USAT rankings. As Simon Lessing would say, "If you're going to be a pro, then be a PRO!” Coach Banks is a pro.  - Wade Gunter, 12X Team USA Duathlon

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