Triathlon coach Torsten

Unlock your true potential as a triathlete – join the coaching transformation with training tailored to your unique needs and abilities, leading to peak performances and ultimate success on race day.

The Triathlon Coach

Torsten Abel​

Head Coach, San Francisco Bay Area

Welcome to my coaching website! 

My name is Torsten and I am a seasoned triathlon & running coach with over 30 years of experience, including 13 years as a professional triathlete, representing Germany in ITU World Cup, European Cup, 70.3 and Ironman. I have studied sport science & development, have trained with some of the world’s greatest triathletes and coaches. I am passionate about helping others achieve their athletic goals through smart planning, strategic training and solid communication. I invite you to learn more about my coaching.

Let’s work together to reach your pinnacle!

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    Find Your Competitive Edge

    Every athlete’s journey is unique.
    T3 guides you to unlock your potential and achieve your goals. We do more than just coach, we foster deep Athlete to Coach relationships and mold an approach that fits into your life.

    Case Study

    Grant Grafentin

    from amateur to pro


    70.3 in 4:35 HRS

    (13.1mi in 1:24 hrs)


    Start of T3 coaching


    70.3 Washington

    Overall Victory


    New 70.3 PR 3:57 hrs

    (13.1mi in 1:17 hrs)

    Caleb Porter ​

    Balancing Family, Career, and Athletic Success: The Transformation of a Middle-of-the-Pack Dad to Podium Contender
    Triathlon Athlete Caleb Porter sitting on chair


    70.3 Austin in 5:28hrs


    Start of T3 coaching


    70.3 Santa Rosa in 4:34hrs

    Vincent D'Onofrio

    from broken clavicle to IM PR and Kona qualification in 14 weeks


    IM Santa Rosa in 9:36 hrs

    (S 1:03h B 5:17h R 3:08 hrs)


    Start T3 coaching


    IM Mont-Tremblant in 9:01 HRS

    (S 0:56h B 5:03h R 2:54 hrs)

    That's how you can improve in 180 days

    Please note that this calculator is a fun tool to give you a general idea of your potential improvement, but it is not a guarantee. The results provided are based on observations from my experience coaching runners, but every individual is unique and results may vary. On average, runners can expect to improve 1-4% with my coaching, but some may improve more or less.

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