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Triathlon Coaching in Tokyo

Tokyo Triathlon Coaching

Tokyo Physio coached athlete, Jess Ripper and Vanessa Colless at Ironman Japan.
Jess had 2nd fastest bike split of the day (including all pros), 3rd amateur, 9th overall, Hawaii qualifier and AG champion.

Tokyo Physio now adds to our list of services for the English speaking community in Japan and beyond with the launch of a triathlon coaching service.  Tokyo Physio’s co-founders Bevan and Vanessa Colless have a combined 10+ years of successful triathlon training and racing in distances including Olympic, half ironman and ironman. This personal experience, combined with a combined 15 years of sports science and physiotherapy tertiary education gives an excellent platform to provide a triathlon coaching service for those wanting to lift their performances to another level.

Through Tokyo Physio we have developed extensive experience in assisting endurance athletes get to the start line of all types of events, from local 5k races, through to Hawaii Ironman World Championships and Olympic games marathons, we bring a unique skill-set geared to helping you meet your triathlon goals.

The Philosophy

Tokyo Physio’s triathlon coaching philosophy is to keep it simple to ensure you enjoy your training and races. We maximise the efficiency of your sessions to leave you enough time for your home and work life to flourish as well as your performance.

Tokyo Triathlon CoachWe subscribe to the reverse periodisation method of training that we have found reduces the incidence of injury, decreases the time needed to train and brings back the fun 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 a 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.

training-2In the early stages of the season or a race build we work on getting fast first by developing the correct techniques, strength and skills you require 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 we regularly see in Tokyo Physio) 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 perfect method of training for busy age group athletes as the time spent training is reduced.

Your Program

Consistently following a well structured training program is the cornerstone of triathlon success.

  • Simple, clear and effective training plans to fit in with your lifestyle and goals
  • Clear, prompt communications and easily recognisable results
  • Knowledge to ensure you understand the reason behind your training
  • Sessions broken up to ensure recovery from each discipline is optimised


Our training programs will help you:
  • Reduce training volume by increasing training effectiveness
  • Increase your performance related technique in all three disciplines
  • Avoid injuries
  • Enhance speed and results

If you’re tired of following generic, Zone-based training plans, or suffering through the mind-numbing fatigue of massive volume-based training; this is not what you will get with Tokyo Physio Triathlon Coaching. We like to keep it simple and have our athletes follow a precisely structured training plan that allows each to follow our training philosophies:

training-5C.I.T: Consistency in training. Success in triathlon and endurance sport is not gained overnight, but a consistent – drip, drip, drip approach of consistent effective work outs – each with their own goal.

Progressive Overload: Our training zones are easy, moderate and hard – no heart rate monitor or power meters are required! As long as ‘hards’ are done hard, ‘moderates’ are done moderate and ‘easies’ are done easy, consistent improvement in technique, speed and endurance (and hence race results) WILL happen.


The System – what you get

  • Unlimited contact via email, Skype, telephone and in-person 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
  • ‘Dryland’ coaching. For residents and visitors to Japan, Vanessa and Bevan train predominantly in Tokyo and Hokkaido and are uniquely placed to train side by side with you and get a great understanding of your specific strengths and weaknesses and your athlete profile. Generally there will be no extra fee for individual attention.
  • A customised training program tailored to your ability, goals, training schedule and life circumstances
  • Unlimited modifications and updates to your Training Plan
  • 20% discounts on individual Tokyo Physio Massage and Pilates sports massage and pilates sessions.
  • 10% discount on Tokyo Physio physiotherapy (physical therapy) consultations and Tokyo Physio Massage and Pilates ‘set of ten sessions’ purchases.
  • 10% discount on all product purchases from Toyo Physio (self massaging equipment, orthotics, exercise balls and more).

Triathlon Training Camps

Tokyo Physio is involved in the management and running of a number of training camps in the Niseko region

The Coaches

Bevan Colless

Bevan has Bachelor degrees in Sports Science (University of Technology Sydney) and Physiotherapy (University of Sydney) and has a long history of 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 West Australia 2010, 9.31

Vanessa Colless

Vanessa comes from a gymnastics and springboard diving background, having been nationally ranked in both sports in her teens. She took up triathlons in 2005 and experienced success soon after. Having specialised in women’s health in her physiotherapy career Vanessa has a special interest in the specific demands triathlon places on the female body and how to maximise the performance of females.

Race Highlights:
  • 2nd IM Regensberg
  • Phuket triathlon 2007 and 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, 5thamateur female, and 14th overall female

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