Coach Bio

Head Coach Troy Clifton

What started as an adventure to try to run a home town 5k in 1999 has turned into a full blown passion for Troy. Before long, local 5k and 10k races turned into marathons and then triathlons. After being peer pressured into a sprint triathlon by a childhood friend, he immediately became obsessed with this sport, or multisport as it is better known today. Since that time Troy has competed in running races from 5ks to marathons and triathlons from super sprint to Ironman distances.

With much success at the age group level in short distance endurance events, his real passion has been found in long course triathlon and long distance running events. Troy discovered a real gift with writing training plans for friends and family to help them get in shape, lose weight, and has progressed into full service coaching for many. Our full service coaching and consulting includes lifestyle nutrition, pacing strategies, proper technique, training philosophies, body composition, racing nutrition, proper training methods, equipment selection, periodization, RPE zone training, HR zone training, Power training, strength training, and “work/family/fun/life” balance.

Troy is a Christian, husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and finally an endurance coach and athlete. It is because of these roles that he brings a unique perspective to his athletes having walked a mile in those shoes. It is easy to tell someone to train like a professional athlete, but with a full time job and a full time family, he is able to cater to the normal age group athlete so much more than many others understand. Life's everyday activities, stresses, and obligations take its toll on the mind, body, and soul, but you can succeed at any race you have your heart set on with personal coaching from Troy.


Awards
USA Triathlon Honorable Mention 2009-2012
USA Triathlon All American - 2013
USA Triathlon All American - 2014
USA Triathlon All American - 2015
USA Triathlon All American - 2016
2013 Ironman & 70.3 Overall Age Group Rankings - "GOLD - All World Athlete" - Top 1% in World
2014 Ironman Overall Age Group Rankings - "GOLD - All World Athlete" - Top 1% in World
2015 Ironman Overall Age Group Rankings - "GOLD - All World Athlete" - Top 1% in World
2016 Ironman Overall Age Group Rankings - "GOLD - All World Athlete" - Top 1% in World


Race Highlights - Running
Goat Gallop Gallop 5k - 1999-Present - 1st Age Group multiple times, 1st OVERALL - 6 times
2016 Austin Half Marathon
2015 Austin Half Marathon
2014 Austin Half Marathon
2012 Livestrong Austin Marathon - 3:12:53
2011 Austin Half Marathon - 1:28:50
2010 St. George Melbourne Marathon (Australia) - 3:00:45
2010 Austin Marathon - 3:15:08
2009 Austin Half Marathon - 1:25:35
2008 3M Half Marathon - 1:25:04
2007 111th Boston Marathon - 3:10:30
2007 3M Half Marathon - 1:22:53
2006 ING New York City Marathon - 3:10:46
2006 Freescale Austin Marathon - 3:12:58
2003 Motorola Marathon - 2:59:38 First marathon
2003 Strasburger Run for the Hills 25k - 6th Age Group
2002 Wildflower Run - 10k - 1st Age Group
Race Highlights - Triathlon
2017 Ironman Texas
2016 Ironman Louisville
2016 Ironman Vineman 70.3
2016 Ironman Texas 70.3
2015 Ironman Chattanooga
2015 Ironman Buffalo Springs Lake Triathlon 70.3
2015 Ironman Texas
2015 Ironman Texas 70.3
2014 Ironman Chattanooga
2014 Ironman Coeur d'Alene
2014 Ironman Texas 70.3
2013 Ironman 70.3 Austin - 11th Age Group/93rd Overall
2013 Ironman Buffalo Springs Lake Tri 70.3 - 7th Age Group/39th overall
2013 Ironman Texas - 14th Age Group/ 83rd overall
2013 Ironman 70.3 Texas - 10th age group/125th overall
2012 Kerrville Triathlon Festival - Half Iron Distance - 1st Age Group, 1st Age Grouper Overall, 6th Overall
2012 Ironman Canada
2012 Buffalo Springs Lake Ironman 70.3 Triathlon
2012 Rookie Tri – 1st Age Group, 2nd Veterans
2011 Ironman Austin 70.3
2011 Austin Triathlon – 4th Age Group, 5th Overall
2011 Tri from the Heart Triathlon – 1st Overall
2011 Ironman Austria – 9:59:35 – Ironman PR
2011 Pflugerville Triathlon – 1st Age Group, 6th Overall
2011 Ironman Texas 70.3
2010 Marble Falls Triathlon – 1st Age Group, 6th Overall
2010 Couples Triathlon – 3rd place (Team effort), 4th team Overall
2010 Ironman St. George (Utah)
2010 Champions Olympic Triathlon – 3rd Age Group
2009 Austin Olympic Triathlon – 2nd Age Group
2009 Buffalo Springs Lake Ironman 70.3 Triathlon
2009 Captex Olympic Triathlon – 3rd Age Group, 17 Overall
2008 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
2008 Austin Olympic Triathlon
2008 Ironhead Wool Capital Olympic Triathlon – 1st Age Group, 7th Overall
2008 Ironman Coeur d'Alene – First Ironman
2008 Florida Ironman 70.3 – Qualifier for World Championship
2008 Corpus Christi Triathlon – 1st Age Group, 6th Overall
2007 Longhorn Half Ironman – 6th Age Group
2007 Austin Olympic Triathlon – 3rd Age Group, 8th Overall
2007 Discoman Olympic Duathlon – 1st Overall
2006 Texas Man Olympic Triathlon – 1st Age Group, 5th Overall
2006 Marble Falls Triathlon – 6th Age Group
2006 Buffalo Springs Lake Half Ironman Triathlon
2006 Captex Olympic Triathlon
2005 Vineman Half Ironman – 1st Half Ironman
2005 Metroplex Sprint Triathlon – 1st Age Group
2005 Captex Olympic Triathlon
2005 Playtri Triathlon – 1st Age Group
2004 Dilloman Triathlon – 1st Age Group
2004 Ironhead Dallas Olympic Triathlon
2004 Ironhead Wool Capital Olympic Triathlon – 3rd Age Group
2004 Cinco Ranch Triathlon – 1st Age Group
2004 Tejas Triathlon
2003 Cinco Ranch Triathlon

Advantages

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  • Strength Training
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