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Liz Elliott
Liz Elliott

Liz brings years of competition, teaching and coaching experience to TVTC. Liz swam competitively through college, where she earned all-American honors in freestyle, the Coaches Award, and was Captain of her team. She began competing in triathlons in 2003, and has completed every distance of triathlon, including Ironman Canada in 2007 and again in 2011, where she improved her overall performance. She completed Ironman Coeur d'Alene in 2012, Ironman Arizona in 2013, and Ironman Cairns in 2014. Liz has taught and coached swimming for 20 years, including high school, seasonal, and year-round teams. At one point, she led a year-round swim team of over 350 swimmers at five pools, and coached an elite group of age group swimmers. She founded the Happy Fish Swim School in 1999, which now has indoor, year round locations in Fremont and Livermore. She led a management team of nine, wrote the curriculum, oversaw the hiring, trained and managed staff, and directed the company vision until 2011. Liz currently writes the monthly column "TriSteps" in SportStars Magazine which helps prepare athletes who are new to the sport.

Liz is a USA Triathlon Level 1 Coach, and has coached both group and individuals in triathlon since 2004. She spent 13 seasons with the Team in Training triathlon and run teams as a participant, mentor, captain and coach. Five of those seasons she spent coaching the Silicon Valley teams and another three coaching the East Bay teams. She has coached individuals of all skill levels to successfully complete Olympic, 1/2 and full Ironmans. She founded TVTC in January 2010 after a successful "Run Club" she led as a perk to her staff at Happy Fish. Liz's strengths lie in breaking down each skill into digestible pieces for athletes, and leading group workouts. Her technical coaching skills lie in swimming and running at all levels while she continues to expand her personal and coaching abilities in cycling. She believes in training for the long term in sport, and to constantly set goals and achieve them through small steps.

Liz graduated with honors from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology with emphasis in Exercise Physiology and the Social Aspects of Sport, and earned a Masters degree from the University of San Francisco in Sport Management. She also holds a teaching credential, and taught seventh grade English and history, and ninth grade PE.

Lael Heinig
Lael Heinig

Lael is an athlete, competitor, and leader. Lael played competitive soccer year-round and attended camps taught by professional European players for 12 years. In college, his passion changed as hockey consumed all of his time. He started playing roller hockey and then quickly moved to ice hockey. Lael attended several top level hockey camps which led to him coaching a women's hockey team for 2 years. In 2003, his passion changed again when he joined Team in Training (TNT) and ran his first marathon. Since 2004, he has completed many more running races, including 10 marathons and 25 half marathons. In 2005, he joined the TNT triathlon team and has since completed every distance triathlon from sprints to Ironman.

Lael is a certified USA Triathlon Level 1 and USA Cycling Level 3 Coach and has been coaching triathletes for over 4 years. Lael is always learning and is a certified bike fitter from Bike Fit. While his strengths lie in endurance running and cycling, he has a passion for the science behind training and racing.

Lael graduated with honors from UC Davis with a BS and MS in Computer Science, and he was a teaching assistant for several undergraduate courses.