I believe in a holistic approach to your training. For your continuous progress and great race results, more is needed than just hours on the bike, in the pool or out on the track. Great performance is only possible if you stay injury free (pre-hab), get all the healthy nutrition you need, allow your body and mind enough recovery time and know some mental tips and tricks to stay strong when the going gets tough.Karen Parnell, Head Coach & Owner ChiliTri
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Work on your speed, power, endurance, and technique with these structured sessions to get faster and swim smoother.
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We offer you training plans on Final Surge. So if you are training for a Triathlon, Duathlon, Aquathlon, Aquabike. SwimRun, Marathon, Cycling event or Xterra you will find a plan to suit your race needs at a competitive price delivered professionally via the Final Surge App.
I also offer 121 coaching using the FinalSurge platform.
Karen is a Level 3 British Triathlon. IRONMAN Certified and WOWSA Open Water Level 3 Coach. Karen is also as Level 2 TrainingPeaks coach and part of their Coach Match service. This means you can be coached using TrainingPeaks as a 121 athlete or choose from a comprehensive list of training plans with RPE, Heart Rate and Power training targets. Can't see a training plan that meets your race goal then get in touch and we will create one for you.
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Here's what Athletes are saying about ChiliTri
Karen brought me from Zero to Hero on my Ironman journey. I had never completed a triathlon and so had a lot to learn. Karen taught me and trained me with patience and motivation. She gave timely weekly plans that reflected my other commitments and enabled me to have a balance between training and work. Karen was always available for me to speak with and was able to answer questions that I had. She gave advice on nutrition, bike set up and maintenance, to name but a few. I visited Karen's training camp on a number of occasions. The facilities are great, she has an endless swimming pool that I could use as well as lots of strength and conditioning equipment. I would highly recommend Karen, she is very knowledgeable and passionate about training. She made me feel very comfortable and confident that I would achieve my goal.
Lorraine Butler, Athlete & Head Teacher
Having been an endurance athlete for 20 years, I have worked with online services and face to face coaches. To me, Karen has all the best qualities you want/need. Knowledgeable and caring and a willingness to communicate whenever needed via email, website, or social media. Karen is there to answer questions or deal with potential problems.
However, what really sets Karen apart from other coaches is her depth of knowledge. Certified at the highest levels and gifted with the ability to teach you, as an athlete, as you grow. Truly outstanding!
I’ve been working with Karen over the last few months in the build up to the 2018 season. Karen has helped me considerably with my swim stroke through coaching sessions and training plans. I was really struggling with my breathing technique but Karen quickly fixed this and had me swimming competently after just a few sessions. The training plans and nutrition advice that she has provided have considerably improved my performance. The training plans were adjusted to my needs, feedback and goals. I liked the variety of the workouts and the intensity. I’d recommend Karen to triathletes of all levels. I hope to work with her again in the future.
Tom, UK Government, Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Faye came 1st in the Thames Challenge 100km Ultra 2021. Karen is an amazing and dedicated coach who ultimately gets results... In the years that we have worked together I have started ultrarunning and won my second ultra race! I've never been in better shape. She listens to exactly what I want to achieve and we build out my plans accordingly, keeping them varied and engaging, and due to the challenges of recent times, we've certainly had to be pretty flexible! I also love that she's super into data and technology so she's always got some new suggestion or gadget to try. I couldn't recommend her highly enough (although my competitive nature feels I should just keep her to myself!) ;)
Faye Morse, Athlete & Marketing Director
Natalie came 1st in her age group at the Lake George, NY Triathlon 2021. "My race was yesterday. It went really well. Here are a couple photos. Thanks so much for your help... even from afar. "
Natalie used a training plan from ChiliTri on TrainingPeaks
Natalie Gentry, US Athlete
I have taken 2 minutes off my 1500m time which is pretty good! thank you. The swim video analysis really worked along side the drills and specific training session skills. I'm very pleased and if I can transfer that to race, in particular Nottingham, I will be really chuffed. Also thank you for introducing me to your physio who has managed get rid of pain I have had for years and can train and race harder.