Triathlon Coach Janet Wilson: USAT Certified Triathlon Coach for athletes from beginner to Ironman

Triathlon Coach - Triathlon Coach Janet Wilson - Tulsa, Oklahoma -

I have 30 years of experience in Multisport events and training, ranking nationally in my age group for several years. I am a Level One Certified Coach with USA Triathlon and a Certified Masters Swim Coach. I reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where I do personal coaching. I also coach athletes online. I have coached people at all levels, including many first-time triathletes and can help you achieve your triathlon and fitness goals. Services I provide for clients include:

Develop distance-specific triathlon training plans
Get you started on your first triathlon
Sharpen your skills in the three disciplines
Oversee triathlon-specific weight training
Provide triathlon-specific stretching exercises
Give you pointers (triathlon gear, triathlon transitions, and triathlon race strategy)
Oversee and coach speed work
Provide swimming instruction and swim tips

Contact me at 918-760-7167 or email me:

Private Classes and Services

Video Analysis and Session $80. Includes 1 hour coached session, u-tube video and detailed e-mail on what to work on. Get instruction on drills to correct swim stroke and pointers to develop into a efficient strong swimmer.

Private Sessions are $50 per hour.

Packages of 3 hours for $140 due at first class.

Shared two person hours only $60. You arrange the sharing. Good for couples, co-workers, family and friends.

Personalized workouts $5 each. Keep your progress and development going between sessions, with personalized swim workouts.

Most of my classes and lessons are at Bixby YMCA.

Satisfied Swimmers!


Thank you for the swim lessons. I feel much more capable in the water now. My Tri Tulsa swim time was much improved over last year! (38 minutes to 28:30s) I am sure some of it was wet suit and calm water, but I did remember the form work you taught us and was able to apply it. I have Redman in a couple of weeks and don’t fear my swim time will take me too far out of contention. I plan to continue through the Winter and be even faster for next season!

Thanks again,
Paul K.

My time for the swim was about 42 mins. BUT, I am pretty pleased considering I had to hang on to one of the boats for 5 mins to catch my breath. About 1/4 into the swim I could smell smoke and got kinda choked up from it. I am glad I was able to finish, and felt strong. I know your class has improved my stroke tremendously and I will continue to use the drills you taught. Thanks again!

Jill D.

[Cyndee broke a bone in her foot]
…that’s why I have for you Coach! I’m so happy I did the Tall Chief Challenge today and so grateful that you reached out and nudged me to do it. The experience was spectacular.

I used so many of the skills you taught in the swim clinic. A couple of things I was particularly grateful I learned about were treading water and sighting. I was surprised when I learned it was an “in the water” start, but so glad that we had practiced treading water in class. The outbound portion of the swim was into the sun and I couldn’t see buoys for anything. That’s where the landscape helped me. I found a pointy tree along the ridge ahead and it was a perfect way to guide me in the water. There was so much more of your advice that I thought about as I swam (including enjoying the scenery), but mostly I had warm thoughts of you and how happy I am that you are so willing to share your skills with us novice swimmers!

When I signed up for your class, my stated goal was to do Tri Tulsa. Even though that didn’t work out, your training brought me to a more confident place with open water swimming. A classic case of getting what I needed rather than what I wanted; and really so much more meaningful and enduring!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

I raced today. The swim training was very helpful including the open water swim last Thursday. Finished well overall and took my age group. The swim set me up for this, since I did fairly well and was able to build on a good swim. More important it was a great day and everyone enjoyed it!

Again, Thanks


Sunny Swim Start



Build Your Swim PowerPoint Presentation

Triathlon Swim – Triathlon Swimming Tips from Triathlon Coach Janet Wilson

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Click above to watch the 3-minute swim class by Janet Wilson. You’ll learn 5 keys to a strong swim leg for your next triathlon. Want a larger version? Click here for the triathlon swimming tips page.

  • Swim technique. If you don’t have good technique this is the first thing to work on. You can seek out help from a masters swim program. Sometimes even places that teach kids how to swim will also help adults who want to swim competitively. One of the best programs I’ve seen on triathlon swimming is from the “Tri Swim Coach” Kevin Koskella.
  • Repetition is the key to becoming a strong swimmer. The only way to improve your swimming is to keep doing it. If you are doing a race with an open water swim you should definitely add some practice open water swims to your training plan – you especially need to practice “sighting” in the water (swimming straight to a location). The good news is that swimming is a low-impact way to build your cardiovascular system.
  • Swimming with a group can keep you motivated. A group can keep you challenged to improve. A coached group is also a good place to start. A coach can give you feedback about your form or technique.
  • Upper body strength will help your swimming. As you develop your weight training program, don’t forget to work on upper body and core strength. This will definitely help your swimming.
  • What to wear during the swim. A snug fitting swimsuit – some people wear bike shorts – is best. This makes sure it doesn’t catch water during the swim. For lake swims, if the water temperature is 78 degrees or below you can wear a wetsuit. Most people will wear one if they have the option because a wetsuit helps add to your buoyancy in the water and keeps you warm. If you don’t have a wetsuit you need to get used to swimming in cold water.
  • How far do I have to swim to do my first triathlon? This is probably the number one question I get from beginners. It’s obviously a good idea to be able to swim at least the race distance (usually 500 meters in a sprint race) before you do your first triathlon. However, if your race has a pool swim don’t be worried if you’re not sure you’ll be able to swim without stopping – most pool swims allow you to hold onto the wall at the end of the pool to rest (just remember to keep your feet off the bottom of the pool – check with the race director before your race).