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Triathlon Training Minnesota

The Soles Inspired network includes a number of individuals who provide a wide range of athlete services beyond what these coaches can can provide on their own. This includes massage therapists, doctors, nutritionists, and more. If you are looking for a specific service, just ask as we likely have a connection in the industry for you.

Erin Stone

Triathlon Coach

John Taipale Triathlon Coach & Triathlete

Professional Experience
Coach Erin balances her day job in product marketing for a health care information technology company by working with athletes of all levels to find joy and satisfaction as they pursue their fitness goals. She takes a pragmatic approach to coaching, using data and analytics in the context of individual athletes’ goals and lifestyles to optimize performance.

Erin started her coaching career in high school and college, working with a girls volleyball club and a recreational swim team for kids age 5-17. She was the assistant coach for the Carondelet High School (Concord, CA) freshman volleyball team in 1994, and worked for several years as a physical therapy assistant at an outpatient sports rehabilitation clinic.

Currently, Erin teaches indoor cycling and is the head coach of the Sweat360 Triathlon Club in Hillsboro, Oregon. She is pursuing her education as a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Personal Experience
In keeping with her mantra “du bist was du tust” (you are what you do), Erin is a lifetime athlete with a passion for triathlon. Her competitive spirit was born early on when she won a blue ribbon in her first gymnastics competition at the age of 6. From there, she found success as an age-group swimmer and played in every team sport that her parents would allow from soccer to basketball to softball and volleyball. Her first major purchase with her babysitting money was a Centurian Cavaletto 12-speed bike that took her to and from school, sports practices and her friends’ houses for many years!

After a volleyball career-ending knee injury in college, Erin rediscovered her love for cycling and swimming. She began competing in triathlons in earnest in her mid-30s and found herself on the podium at several local and regional Olympic-distance events. Her proudest accomplishments so far (thanks to Coach Scott) are her 2nd place age group/9th place overall female finish at the Pacific Crest Long Course in June 2015 and her finish at Ironman Canada in July 2015.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Health Science
  • Masters of Science, Health Services Administration
  • Certified Les Mills™ Fitness Instructor
  • CPR & First Aid Certified

John Taipale

Triathlon Coach

John Taipale Triathlon Coach & Triathlete

Professional Experience
Coach John has a passion for Exercise Physiology and takes pride in building training programs that are proven by current scientific research. His training experience includes a variety of athletes: older adults, recreational athletes, competitive age group athletes, and paratriathletes. John enjoys working with fellow veterans, and offers a military discount.

Personal Experience
He has been involved in sports from a young age, participating in football, basketball, and baseball. Following high school, Coach John became a US Army Ranger, serving as a Fire Support Team Leader, and completing five combat deployments. While in the military, John discovered the sport of triathlon and has been training and racing since. He has competed in numerous endurance sports events with results including top tens, podiums, and overall wins. In 2013 John was named a USA Triathlon All American Honorable Mention. He was the overall winner of the 2015 H.I.T.S. Triathlon in Waconia, Minnesota.

Education

  • USAT Level 1 Coach
  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology
  • Emphasis in Human and Sport Performance
  • CPR, AED, and First Aid certified
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Scott Beesley

Triathlon Coach & Yoga Teacher

John Taipale Triathlon Coach & Triathlete

Professional Experience
Currently, Coach Bees splits his time between his personal clientele across the U.S., local clients in Nevada City, California and greater Gold Country, and teaching restorative yoga in Grass Valley, California. He works with a wide range of talents from first timers to competitive age groupers looking to return to the podium, and has produced many first-time Ironman finishers, first-time USAT AG National Championship and ITU AG World Championship qualifiers and first-time Boston Marathon qualifiers.  The theme among his clients is that they are all busy professionals and/or family members with significant demands on their time that prevent them from being served by traditional “out of the box” training plans.

Current and past experience includes swim coach and head coach roles for the Team in Training South Maui Triathlon and Minneapolis Triathlon Teams, head coach for the Minnesota Junior Elite Bronze Team, head coach MediFit Triathlon Team, endurance sport coach with OptumHealth Performance, functional strength consultant to the Waseca boys and girls cross country teams, guest speaker on “Yoga for Endurance Athletes” at the Twin Cities Yoga Festival, and coach of multiple paraplegic triathletes.

His coaching career has evolved significantly since it began 15 years ago. Originally working in a high school basketball program, he made his first major transition away from team sports and into personal training. Personal training provided a strong foundation of anatomy and physiology knowledge in both academic and experiential settings. His love of triathlon and multi-sport adventure racing made the move to coaching these disciplines an easy one.

Personal Experience
Walking the walk, Coach Bees has spent his entire life as an athlete in one form or another. Over a decade ago he transitioned away from his lifestyle as a vegetarian body builder to that of a vegan triathlete, marathoner, and multi-sport adventure racer. His 10+ career podium appearances have come in a variety of different races, as he has raced every distance of every discipline he can find from 400m to 5k open water swims, cycling time trials to countless century rides, triathlons from XTERRA sprint to Ironman, and enough off-road events to warrant the purchase of his own suture kit. Most recently Coach Bees finished the 2012 season on top of the rankings for his division in the Minnesota Tri Series and missed his spot on the 2013 Team USA by 29 seconds thanks to a flat tire. In 2013 he made his return to off-road racing by taking the overall win at the Xterra Torn Shirt Triathlon and 6th place at the USAT Off Road National Championship, earning his spot on Team USA for the 2014 Cross Triathlon (off road) World Championship in Zittau, Germany. He finds the balance in his own training plan through regular yoga and meditation sessions.

Coach Bees used to maintain the following certifications before realizing he was not learning anything from the continuing “education.” He now spends his time and money traveling the country (and world) meeting and studying under renowned coaches, exercise physiologists, and professional athletes.

Education