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. 

Find joy in the journey of reaching your full potential. Let my coaching guide you towards your happiest and most fulfilling athletic self.

I invite you to learn more about my coaching.

BEFORE

March 2023

Romeo

nurse, 12 hrs shifts, father of two

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AFTER

Nov 2023

Lost 39 lbs in 9 months

PR by 33 min on same 70.3 course compared to 2019

BEFORE

2019

1st Triathlon Lustenau 2019

Steffi

teacher, mother of three

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AFTER

now

70.3 World champion 2023

Sprint triathlon European champion 2022

2nd Sprint tri European championships 2023

BEFORE

April 2023

70.3 in 5:35 hrs

Bike performance 2:35 hrs

35-39 AG rank: top 39% OV rank: top 31%

Brian

father of two

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AFTER

Dec 2023

70.3 in 4:57 hrs

Bike performance 2:23 hrs

35-39 AG rank: top 18% OV rank: top 16%

BEFORE

April 2023

max run duration: 40-60 min

Jim

76 years of age

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AFTER

Nov 2023

max run duration: 4-4.5 hrs

NYC marathon: 6:02 hrs

BEFORE

April 2022

13.1 San Jose in 1:28 hrs

Noah

triathlete & ultrarunner

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AFTER

Dec 2023

26.2 CIM in 2:43 hrs
(1:21:58 + 1:21:10 hrs)

50 km Austin, 1st place

100 km, 100 mi completed

BEFORE

Ironman 11:34 hrs
(incl. 4:39 marathon)

Vicky

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AFTER

Ironman 10:43 hrs
(incl. 4:02 marathon)

BEFORE

2014

70.3 Boise 5:27 hr incl 13.1 2:05 hrs 10th AG 35-39

Robin

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AFTER

2015

70.3 Vineman 4:48 hrs incl 13.1 1:39 hrs 1st AG 35-39

Start Your Journey Today

Don't push off your dreams another day.
Let's chat through your goals and craft a plan to achieve them today!

    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

    04/2018

    70.3 in 4:35 HRS

    (13.1mi in 1:24 hrs)

    08/2018

    Start of T3 coaching

    2021

    70.3 Washington

    Overall Victory

    2022

    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

    10/2014

    70.3 Austin in 5:28hrs

    1/2015

    Start of T3 coaching

    2017

    70.3 Santa Rosa in 4:34hrs

    Vincent D'Onofrio

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

    05/2018

    IM Santa Rosa in 9:36 hrs

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

    1/2019

    Start T3 coaching

    08/2019

    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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