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Triathlon Coaching in Tokyo

Bevan and Vanessa Colless

Tokyo Physio co-founders Bevan and Vanessa Colless have both completed more than 10 Ironman distance triathlons

Combined with 15 years of sports science and physiotherapy tertiary education, their personal experience provides an excellent platform to deliver expert triathlon coaching for those wanting to lift their performance level. 

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They have coached over 20 Ironman finishers including age group winners and a 9th overall finisher in Ironman Japan, 2013.

Their unique skill-set is geared to help you meet your triathlon goals, having assisted endurance athletes in all types of events from 5k races, through to Ironman World Championships and Olympic games marathons.

Bevan is a Level 1 Triathlon Coach, certified by Triathlon Australia.

The Philosophy

Our coaching philosophy is ‘keep it simple’ and we encourage you to enjoy training and races.

By maximising the efficiency of your sessions, you can still enjoy your home and work life while enabling your performance to flourish.

We subscribe to the reverse periodisation method of training finding that it reduces the incidence of injury, decreases the time needed to train and brings the fun back into training. 

What is reverse periodisation?

The traditional ‘periodisation’ model used by endurance coaches is to have an athlete build a base in the early stages of the season by doing a lot of long slow distance (LSD) sets to develop endurance. As the race approaches athletes would then work on speed to try and get faster. Following the philosophy of pioneering triathlon coach Brett Sutton, many of today’s top pros have flipped that around and found that reverse periodisation is a more effective way to prepare for a triathlon.

In the early stages of the season or a race build, we work on getting fast first by developing the correct techniques, strength and skills necessary to improve. Only in the last phase of a training build do we work on the long sessions. It has been shown that endurance can be built much more quickly than speed and technique. This also decreases the chance of injury which is very common in early season training if an athlete tries to go long before their body is ready for it. It is also the perfect method of training for busy age group athletes as the time spent training is reduced. 

Online Coaching

We offer full online triathlon coaching programs with unlimited contact.
If you are tired of following generic Zone-based training plans and suffering mind-numbing fatigue from massive volume-based training, our Triathlon Coaching service could be exactly what you are looking for.

Your Program

Consistently following a well structured training program is the cornerstone of triathlon success. We will tailor your program and offer;

Simple, clear and effective training plans to suit your lifestyle and goals

Clear and prompt communication with easily recognisable results

Knowledge sharing to support your training goals

Timely sessions to ensure optimised recovery from each discipline

We like to keep it simple and have our athletes follow a precisely structured training plan that allows each athlete to follow our training philosophy:C.I.T: Consistency in training. Success in triathlon and endurance sports is not gained overnight, but through a consistent approach of effective workouts, each with their own goal.

The System – what you get

Unlimited contact via email, in-person, Skype and telephone to support your training and racing

Continual, regular structured training programs for every stage of your season and race preparations

Advice regarding all aspects of triathlon: bike selection and fitting, season planning, race selection, strengthening programs – a total service

A customised training program tailored to your ability, goals, training schedule and life circumstances

Unlimited modifications and updates to your Training Plan

10% discount on Tokyo Physio physiotherapy (physical therapy) consultations.

10% discount on all products purchased from Tokyo Physio (self massaging equipment, orthotics, exercise balls and more).

The Coaches

Bevan Colless

Bevan has Bachelor degrees in Sports Science (University of Technology Sydney) and Physiotherapy (University of Sydney) and a long history competing in endurance sports.
Having been a National level cross-country runner in high school, Bevan played soccer and rugby for 15 years before returning to endurance sports in his 30’s to focus on triathlons.

Race Highlights:

Vineman Ironman distance triathlon 2009: 4th place overall

Nijima Olympic distance triathlon 2010 – 3rd place overall

Saitama long course triathlon 2010 – 2nd place overall

Challenge Copenhagen Ironman distance 2010: 9.44, 83rd overall

Ironman UK 2010: 10.29 50th place overall

Ironman Western Australia 2010, 9.31

Hawaii Ironman qualifier, Ironman Canada, Whistler 2013

Vanessa Colless

Vanessa comes from a gymnastics and springboard diving background, and was Nationally ranked in both sports in her teens.
In 2005 she took up triathlons and experienced quick success. Having specialised in women’s health in her physiotherapy career, Vanessa has a special interest in the specific demands triathlons place on the female body and how to maximise performance in women.

Race Highlights:

Ironman Regensberg 2nd in Age Group

Phuket triathlon 2007 & 2008, 3rd in Age Group

Vineman ‘Barb’s Race’ Half Ironman distance triathlon 2009, 3rd Female

Nijima Olympic distance triathlon 2010, 1st female

Saitama Long triathlon 2010, 1st female

Challenge Copenhagen Ironman distance 2010: 10.47, 3rd in Age Group, 5th amateur female, and 14th overall female

Ironman Hawaii 2012, 3rd Australian in 35-39

Ironman Western Australia 2012 F35-39 Age Group winner