Startline Coaching

Register now for winter group training. Multiple options to choose from:

  • Prepare for early season (June/July) triathlons
  • Prepare for a half marathon
  • Build power on the bike

Join Startline Coaching to build a strong endurance foundation that will carry you into your early season races and beyond. A structured and time efficient training plan, fellow athletes to work out with, and direct instruction from a professional coach are game changers for athletes of all levels. Come out of the winter ready to reach your goals.

Act now!

Triathlon Training:

Group workouts kick-off this Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 8:00 am in Prospect Park

Half Marathon Training:

Group runs kick-off this Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 8:00 am in Prospect Park.

Bike Training:

The first group Zwift bike workout is this coming Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 6:30 am.

Coach Peter

Spring and summer 2022 races are open for registration. The off season is behind us and it is time to get ready to race!  Join Startline Coaching to build a strong endurance foundation to carry you into your early season races and beyond. A structured and time efficient training plan, fellow athletes to work out with, and direct instruction from a professional coach are game changers for athletes of all levels.

Join us! Register today

Spring Triathlon programs – Peak for Spring/Summer races!

  • 22 Wk Triathlon Training program – 1/22/22 – 6/26/22
  • 26 Wk Extended Triathlon Training program – 1/22/22 – 7/24/22

Running programs – Peak for the Brooklyn Half!

  • 13 Wk Half Marathon preparation program – 1/22/22 – 4/24/22

Cycling programs – Develop power!

  • 12 Wk – Indoor cycling FTP builder – 1/18/22 – 4/10/22
Our Approach

Athletes are streamed into training progressions based upon current fitness and capability. All programs offer structured workouts via Training Peaks, along with regular testing to set benchmarks for each athlete’s zones and efforts. Coached, weekly group training sessions (in Prospect Park for runners & triathletes, and on Zwift for cyclists) build camaraderie, accountability, and learning. Each athlete is equally valued by the group. We cheer one another on, offer support when the going gets tough and the spirit lags, and celebrate successes and breakthroughs. 

Not sure which option is best for your upcoming season? Hit the “Click to Schedule” button to schedule a call with Coach Peter.

3 Day Triathlon Swim Camps in St. Petersburg, Florida | 2 camps available |
black Friday registration price – $550 available until midnight | Max occupancy: 30 Athletes

25 people arrive at a pool – Some want to qualify for the World Championships, some want to race their first triathlon.  Some of those folks were talked into the Swim Camp by a significant other.  All left the pool swimming better, with new friends, a little suntan and a chance to thrive not just survive the first leg of their triathlon. 

Swimming is a life skill and a doorway to fitness and new experiences – we can’t wait to get you in the pool and show you what is possible!

Coaches Peter Helling and Earl Walton have a combined 50 years of coaching between them and look forward to helping you reach your goals this season.

Join us in sunny St. Petersburg Florida for the Startline Coaching Swim Camp and bring your goals. 

Use the coupon code “blacktriday” during registration. The coupon is valid through 11/30.

3 Day Triathlon Swim Camp in St. Petersburg, Florida | 2 Camps available |
blacktriday registration price – $550 | Max occupancy: 30 Athletes

Use the coupon code “blacktriday” during registration. The coupon is valid through 11/30. Act fast to secure your spot.

Designed for ALL PACES and experience levels, this weekend will pinpoint your areas of improvement, introduce skills and drills to “fix” your stroke, and then put those skills to practice in the pool and in the open water.

Blacktriday Pricing:

  • Single Camp: $550 (regular price $600)
  • 2 Camp series bundle: $950
  • Optional 1 hour one-on-one endless pool swim form analysis with a coach (6 slots): $150

Camp Location: North Shore Aquatic Complex, St. Petersburg

Two Camp Dates:

  • Camp #1: March 25-27, 2022
  • Camp #2:  May 13-15, 2022

3 Day Triathlon Swim Camp in St. Petersburg, Florida | 2 Camps available |
blacktriday registration price – $550 | Max occupancy: 30 Athletes

Triathlon racing is back! Kick off your season with us at the Startline Coaching Swim Camp in St. Petersburg Florida!      

Start your season with a plan for your swimming.  Every athlete will receive individual stroke and training guidance, and coaches will lead season planning sessions to set you up for racing success. 

Use the coupon code “blacktriday” during registration. The coupon is valid through 11/30. Act fast to secure your spot.

Event Details:

  • Expert coaching
  • 10 hours of pool & open water swim instruction & training
  • Sunshine & all outdoor 50 meter and/or 25 meter pool sessions
  • Technique and training-focused sessions
  • Video stroke analysis
  • Classroom sessions focusing on correct form using samples of video captured of athletes attending the camp
  • Low athlete:coach ratio ensuring plenty of individual attention
  • Dryland strength sessions & instruction to supplement your pool time.
  • A chance to focus and learn with athletes and friends of every level
  • Optional 1 hour one-on-one endless pool swim form analysis with a coach (6 slots only)

Camp Location: North Shore Aquatic Complex, St. Petersburg

Two Camp Dates:

  • Camp #1: March 25-27, 2022
  • Camp #2:  May 13-15, 2022

Blacktriday Pricing:

  • Single Camp: $550 (regular price $600)
  • 2 Camp series bundle: $950
  • Optional 1 hour one-on-one endless pool swim form analysis with a coach (6 slots): $150

Note: The safety of all athletes, coaches, and staff is of paramount concern as we collectively face the health and safety risks of the COVID-19 pandemic. All Startline Coaching programs follow USA Swimming best practices, USA Triathlon Safe Return to Multisport Guidelines and Return to Racing Recommendations for Race Directors and the directives issued by federal, state and local authorities. All athletes, coaches, & staff engaged in Startline Coaching programs are expected to follow the USA Triathlon Return to Racing recommendations for Athletes as well as Startline Coaching Return to Training Safety Code of Conduct.

Note: As of Oct 1, 2021, and without exception, all participants in Startline Coaching programs must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to attendance at any and all in-person Startline Coaching training or clinic sessions.

Covid-19 safety protocols:

Arrival, departure, & on deck protocols

  • Swimmers will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination at check-in. Vaccination is mandatory to attend
  • Swimmers must be COVID-19 Symptom free to attend
  • Swimmers are asked not to share food/drink
  • Hand sanitizer will be available on deck for use by all swimmers
  • Masks are not required while on deck, at arrival or on departure.

In pool & classroom protocols:

  • Swimmers will be organized into pods of 12-15 swimmers.
  • Each swimmer will train in the same lane for the entire weekend.
  • Swimmers will attend class room sessions in their 12-15 person pods
  • Masks will be worn by all swimmers & coaches during classroom sessions
  • Masks are not required when outdoors

Register now for a great season of challenges, fitness, and camaraderie. Don’t miss out!

Run Training:

Group runs kick-off this Saturday, October 23 at 8:00 am in Prospect Park.

Bike Training:

The first group Zwift bike workout is this coming Tuesday morning, October 26, at 6:30 am.

Coach Peter

The shortening days and dropping temperatures of fall and winter (did we mention rain and snow?) can make working out on our own a challenge. More importantly, we often do not know how to structure our off-season for the best results – what to do, for how long, in what order, and when. But the off-season offers an opportunity that comes but once-a-year to hone skills, increase strength and stamina, and set a strong foundation for the spring and summer. 

Startline Coaching is once again offering two popular off-season run and bike programs, this year with the option to extend beyond 12-weeks. 

Both programs offer structured workouts via Training Peaks, along with regular testing to set benchmarks for each athlete’s zones and efforts. Coached, weekly group training sessions (in Prospect Park for runners and on Zwift for cyclists) build camaraderie, accountability, and learning. Winter and/or spring races are included for goal-setting and testing our mettle. 

All levels are welcome: the beginner who’s gotten a taste of racing and wants to improve, the experienced athlete who wants to get back in shape after time away, the competitive age-grouper who wants to set their sights on new goals and challenges – and everyone in between. Each athlete is equally valued by the group. We cheer one another on, offer support when the going gets tough and the spirit lags, and celebrate successes and breakthroughs. 

Join us!

We can all see the light at the end of the tunnel. Triathlon races are being scheduled with much more confidence. The cloud of uncertainty is lifting. Races in July look to be some of the first races offered in the North East. With this in mind, Startline Coaching is offering a number of triathlon training programs to help you prepare.

  1. Couch to Sprint Triathlon program. A 12-week group training program designed for athletes who have not been training consistently over the past 12 months. This program will get you back on your feet, and back to racing once again with a solid base of fitness. The program is also suitable for first timers. The goal is fun, fitness, and getting back to what you love!
  1. Olympic Distance race preparation program. A 15-week group training program for athletes who have an established base in all 3 sports or have been using the off season & winter to develop a single sport. This program will transition you from base training to race intensity/preparation training so that you can peak for a July or August “A” race.
  1. Open Water Swim preparation program. A 6-week group training program with 4 open water sessions at Brighton Beach to develop your readiness for racing in open water. This program also includes solo pool workouts for practicing skills learned in the open water, and for developing race fitness. The program will develop you into a fitter, more efficient, and confident open water swimmer.

The programs are specifically designed to help athletes prepare for the following events:

  • NYC Triathlon – July 11
  • New Jersey State Sprint & Olympic Triathlons – July 17 & July 18
  • USAT Nationals – August 7

Note: There are many events around the country that fall close to these target dates. Startline Coaching will work with you to help to prepare for any event. Contact Startline Coaching to see if these programs are a good fit for you or see if there are other programs and services that are a better fit for your needs.

3 Day Triathlon swim camp in St. Petersburg, Florida | April 30 – May 2 | Registration price – $600 | Max occupancy: 24 athletes

We are so excited to swim outside, breath the fresh air, feel the warmth of the sun on our faces during the day, and bask in the ethereal experience of swimming in the evening under lights!

3 coaches, 24 athletes, lots of one on one coach instruction in the pool and in the open water. Also: Yoga on the beach, video review, & dryland strength sessions to send you home with a complete experience & tools to prepare you for your upcoming race season.

Come join us. Register before the price increases on April 19 at midnight.

Head Coaches: Peter Helling & Earl Walton

Event Details:

  • 10 hours of pool & open water swim instruction & training
  • Strict COVID-19 protocols following USAS, USAT, CDC, and local government protocols
  • Low athlete coach ratio ensuring plenty of individual attention
  • Classroom sessions that discuss correct form using samples of video captured of athletes attending the camp
  • Dryland strength sessions & instruction to supplement your pool time.
  • Optional 1 hour one-on-one endless pool swim form analysis with a coach (6 slots only)

Camp Location: North Shore Aquatic Complex, St. Petersburg
Camp Start: 4:00 pm 4/30/2021
Camp Close: 12:00 noon 5/2/2021

Note: The safety of all athletes, coaches, and staff is of paramount concern as we collectively face the health and safety risks of the COVID-19 pandemic. All Startline Coaching programs follow USA Swimming best practices, USA Triathlon Safe Return to Multisport Guidelines and Return to Racing Recommendations for Race Directors and the directives issued by federal, state and local authorities. All athletes, coaches, & staff engaged in Startline Coaching programs are expected to follow the USA Triathlon Return to Racing recommendations for Athletes as well as Startline Coaching Return to Training Safety Code of Conduct.

Note: As of Oct 1, 2021, and without exception, all participants in Startline Coaching programs must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to attendance at any and all in-person Startline Coaching training or clinic sessions.

Covid-19 safety protocols:

Arrival, departure, & on deck protocols

  • Swimmers will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination at check-in. Vaccination is mandatory to attend
  • Swimmers must be COVID-19 Symptom free to attend
  • Swimmers are asked not to share food/drink
  • Hand sanitizer will be available on deck for use by all swimmers
  • Masks are not required while on deck, at arrival or on departure.

In pool & classroom protocols:

  • Swimmers will be organized into pods of 12-15 swimmers.
  • Each swimmer will train in the same lane for the entire weekend.
  • Swimmers will attend class room sessions in their 12-15 person pods
  • Masks will be worn by all swimmers & coaches during classroom sessions
  • Masks are not required when outdoors

3 Day Triathlon Swim Camp in St. Petersburg, Florida | April 30 – May 2 | Register for the camp by March 15 | Last chance for early bird pricing $550

Price increase soon: Unfortunately we are heading quickly to the penalty box.  With only 8 spots remaining and time running out, we will have to raise the price of the camp to $600 if you do not book before March 15th.

Don’t delay!

Designed for ALL PACES and experience levels, this weekend will pinpoint your areas of improvement, introduce skills and drills to “fix” your stroke, and then put those skills to practice in the pool and in the open water

Event Details:

  • 10 hours of pool & open water swim instruction & training
  • Strict COVID-19 protocols following USAS, USAT, CDC, and local government protocols
  • Low athlete coach ratio ensuring plenty of individual attention
  • Classroom sessions that discuss correct form using samples of video captured of athletes attending the camp
  • Dryland strength sessions & instruction to supplement your pool time.
  • Optional 1 hour one-on-one endless pool swim form analysis with a coach

Camp Location: North Shore Aquatic Complex, St. Petersburg
Camp Start: 4:00 pm 4/30/2021
Camp Close: 12:00 noon 5/2/2021

The camp is limited to 24 participants. With 3 coaches on deck, you will receive lots of individual attention. Move quickly to secure your space at this exclusive camp.

3 Day Triathlon swim camp in St. Petersburg, Florida | April 30 – May 2 | Early registration price – $550 | Max occupancy: 24 athletes

Outdoor pool.  Open water swimming.  Florida sunshine.  Brilliant coaches. The only thing missing is you! The camp is limited to 24 participants and filling fast.  Move quickly to reserve your space.

We know that pool time has been scarce and it’s time to get back in the water. We’ve secured our own lanes at St. Petersburg’s top-notch North Shore Aquatic Center,  programmed in sunny weather, and prepared an awesome swim camp  – all in keeping with USAT and USAS COVID-19 safety practices. 

With 3 coaches on deck, you will receive lots of individual attention, work hard, and leave better prepared for the summer swim and racing seasons.

Questions about COVID-19 and refund policies? Scroll to the bottom for complete information.

Event Details:

  • 10 hours of pool & open water swim instruction & training
  • Strict COVID-19 protocols following USAS, USAT, CDC, and local government protocols
  • Low athlete coach ratio ensuring plenty of individual attention
  • Classroom sessions that discuss correct form using samples of video captured of athletes attending the camp
  • Dryland strength sessions & instruction to supplement your pool time.
  • Optional 1 hour one-on-one endless pool swim form analysis with a coach (6 slots only)

Camp Location: North Shore Aquatic Complex, St. Petersburg
Camp Start: 4:00 pm 4/30/2021
Camp Close: 12:00 noon 5/2/2021

Note: The safety of all athletes, coaches, and staff is of paramount concern as we collectively face the health and safety risks of the COVID-19 pandemic. All Startline Coaching programs follow USA Swimming best practices, USA Triathlon Safe Return to Multisport Guidelines and Return to Racing Recommendations for Race Directors and the directives issued by federal, state and local authorities. All athletes, coaches, & staff engaged in Startline Coaching programs are expected to follow the USA Triathlon Return to Racing recommendations for Athletes as well as Startline Coaching Return to Training Safety Code of Conduct.

Note: As of Oct 1, 2021, and without exception, all participants in Startline Coaching programs must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to attendance at any and all in-person Startline Coaching training or clinic sessions.

Covid-19 safety protocols:

Arrival, departure, & on deck protocols

  • Swimmers will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination at check-in. Vaccination is mandatory to attend
  • Swimmers must be COVID-19 Symptom free to attend
  • Swimmers are asked not to share food/drink
  • Hand sanitizer will be available on deck for use by all swimmers
  • Masks are not required while on deck, at arrival or on departure.

In pool & classroom protocols:

  • Swimmers will be organized into pods of 12-15 swimmers.
  • Each swimmer will train in the same lane for the entire weekend.
  • Swimmers will attend class room sessions in their 12-15 person pods
  • Masks will be worn by all swimmers & coaches during classroom sessions
  • Masks are not required when outdoors

Refund Policy:

We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic creates considerable uncertainty for every athlete thinking about attending the camp. To support you in this uncertain time, we have established the following policies to protect your investment. 

Camp Cancellation: Should the camp be cancelled, you will be refunded your registration fee minus a $100 non-refundable deposit. Unfortunately, we are unable to fully refund the cost of registration because costs have already been incurred.

Registration Purchase Protection: You may purchase optional, additional protection for your registration that provides a full refund if you be unable to attend due to testing positive for COVID-19 prior to the camp, if the camp is postponed because the government has forced us to postpone (up to 90 days), and other qualifying unforeseen circumstances. Please review the Terms & Conditions for the exact terms of the purchase protection policy. NOTE: This purchase protection plan does not cover cancellation of the camp nor if you choose not to attend. Credit card payment is required if you select purchase protection. Venmo payments cannot be accepted if purchase protection is selected.

Registration Transfers: Although registration for this camp is nonrefundable, you may request to transfer your reservation to a friend or a person on the waitlist should you no longer wish to attend. To request a transfer, contact the camp director at phelling@startlinecoaching.com. You will be given a link to transfer your registration. A refund will be processed upon successful transfer of your registration to another registrant minus a $50 transfer fee.

These policies do not cover any other costs incurred by the registrant, such as travel and lodging.

3 Day Triathlon swim camp in St. Petersburg, Florida | April 30 – May 2 | Early registration price – $550 | Max occupancy: 24 athletes

We are very excited to see you in Florida this year.  To say the least, 2020 has been a challenge. We know you can’t wait to get back to what you love. Our 2021 swim camp has been adapted for safe training during COVID. But, as always, we will focus on improving your swim stroke and water comfort, building your swim fitness, and preparing you to successfully compete in the open water.  

Designed for ALL PACES and experience levels, this weekend will pinpoint your areas of improvement, introduce skills and drills to “fix” your stroke, and then put those skills to practice in the pool and in the open water.

Event Details:

  • 10 hours of pool & open water swim instruction & training
  • Strict COVID-19 protocols following USAS, USAT, CDC, and local government protocols
  • Low athlete coach ratio ensuring plenty of individual attention
  • Classroom sessions that discuss correct form using samples of video captured of athletes attending the camp
  • Dryland strength sessions & instruction to supplement your pool time.
  • Optional 1 hour one-on-one endless pool swim form analysis with a coach (6 slots only)

Camp Location: North Shore Aquatic Complex, St. Petersburg
Camp Start: 4:00 pm 4/30/2021
Camp Close: 12:00 noon 5/2/2021

Note: The safety of all athletes, coaches, and staff is of paramount concern as we collectively face the health and safety risks of the COVID-19 pandemic. All Startline Coaching programs follow USA Swimming best practices, USA Triathlon Safe Return to Multisport Guidelines and Return to Racing Recommendations for Race Directors and the directives issued by federal, state and local authorities. All athletes, coaches, & staff engaged in Startline Coaching programs are expected to follow the USA Triathlon Return to Racing recommendations for Athletes as well as Startline Coaching Return to Training Safety Code of Conduct.

Note: As of Oct 1, 2021, and without exception, all participants in Startline Coaching programs must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to attendance at any and all in-person Startline Coaching training or clinic sessions.

Covid-19 safety protocols:

Arrival, departure, & on deck protocols

  • Swimmers will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination at check-in. Vaccination is mandatory to attend
  • Swimmers must be COVID-19 Symptom free to attend
  • Swimmers are asked not to share food/drink
  • Hand sanitizer will be available on deck for use by all swimmers
  • Masks are not required while on deck, at arrival or on departure.

In pool & classroom protocols:

  • Swimmers will be organized into pods of 12-15 swimmers.
  • Each swimmer will train in the same lane for the entire weekend.
  • Swimmers will attend class room sessions in their 12-15 person pods
  • Masks will be worn by all swimmers & coaches during classroom sessions
  • Masks are not required when outdoors
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