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Lisa's passion for running and triathlon started when she was a teenager. Her dedication to understanding the physical and mental aspects of peak performance led to her career as a health and fitness professional in 1992. In her late 20’s she turned her attention to mindful approaches to health, fitness, and performance after being plagued with constant injury from years of over-training. Since then, Lisa is committed to teaching her fitness clients how to move from being in a constant battle with their body to creating a partnership with it. She believes that our body is our ultimate teacher as it is the perfect reflection of our life attitudes, outlooks, and beliefs.  Since 2000, Lisa has worked in world-class fitness facilities in the Bay Area including Western Athletic Clubs and Evolution Trainers. She is the author of Breathe Run Breathe: Ancient Breathing Secrets To Make Your Daily Run an Effortless, Revitalizing and Mindful Practice. She is the creator of the Breathe Run Breathe Program and Pranayama Running. Lisa has also been a presenter for USA Triathlon since 2007.
Soren Thorvald - Swim

Soren is a life-long athlete in the Clydesdale category. He currently coaches the boys and girls swim teams at Willow Glen High School. Previously, Soren coached Seniors, Masters, and Age Group swimmers at Triton in Denmark, Santa Clara Swim Club, Rinconada Masters, and Moffet Towers Club. Soren was a Danish Junior Champion in swimming, and has participated in several marathons, half Ironmans, and 2 full Ironmans, most recently Ironman Copenhagen.

andrew johnson Andrew Johnson - Swim

Andrew Johnson has been coaching for 12 years. He was the head coach for Redwoods Swim Club, head age group coach for the Marin Pirates and the 10 and Under coach for Neptune Swimming.  He also served as assistant coach for three years and one year interim head coach for College of Marin. Specializing in middle to long distance freestyle and backstroke, Andrew swam competitively for 10 years.  During that time, he swam for the Humboldt Swim Club and Eureka High School where he was Team Captain and was named MVP three seasons in a row.
Bernardo Tapia - New To The Sport

Bernardo is the NTTS Head Coach. As an avid racer he competes regularly across many disciplines including bikes (road, cross, crits, and MTB XC), running (road and trail), and Triathlons. He is the Associate Director for Marketing and Programs for Recreation and Wellness at Stanford University. He coached running for physical education at Stanford for runners training for 5k to marathon races. He is a racer for the SunPower Racing Team and Stanford Cycling Team. His favorite races are triathlon relays with his family. Bernardo's passion is family, physical activity, and teaching the value of an active, healthy lifestyle.
Garry Chinn - Team SVTC

Garry has been an SVTC member since 2006, leading club bike rides since 2008. Prior to joining the club, he was a middle-distance recreational runner for many years before life got in the way. After a long break from running, Garry started racing triathlons in 2006. His day job is a researcher in the Molecular Imaging Program at the Stanford School of Medicine. He likes to blend his interests in medicine, physiology, and molecular biology with training for endurance sports.
   Veronika Spalekova - New To The Sport

Veronika is a USAT Level 1 Coach and Masters Coach Level 3. She currently works as an aquatics manager at Cupertino Hills Swim and Racquet Club, and she is also a personal trainer for EXOS at Google. She started with triathlons when she moved to California in 2014 and quickly became passionate about helping others achieve their own athletic goals. Her level of coaching expertise ranges from helping athletes with their first sprint triathlon to helping them with their first ultra marathon distance race. Veronika's coaching philosophy is set around building a foundation of strength and endurance.  The main goal for her athletes is for developing skills, stamina, and resilience, which translate to improved performance each time on the race course. Her approach is not to push hard to see quick results but rather to build a solid, long term relationship and enjoyment of the sport!
  Alex Kang - Swim 
 
Alex has been coaching SVTC athletes in swimming since 2017 at Fremont High School's Podium program. US Master Swim & ALTS coach, Ironman certified coach, Ironman Mont Tremblant finisher. He has been coaching triathletes since 2014.
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