Coach Steve

 

Dark Horse Triathlon was founded by head coach Steve Johnson. Since the age of 7, Steve has been actively and competitively participating in sport...and is a 2-time age group world champion athlete in two sports; rowing and triathlon.

 

From competing for a spot on the USRowing National Team, repeatedly qualifying for and finishing the Boston Marathon or participating in several ITU age group world championships and the Hawaii Ironman in triathlon, Steve has never found himself far from athletic success.

 

Fourteen years ago, Steve left the corporate advertising world and initially turned his attention to coaching collegiate rowing at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. His teams there quickly rose to prominence amongst collegiate club teams and won medals at prestigious races such as the Dad Vail Regatta and Head of the Charles Regatta.

 

Since left the rowing world behind, he has been competing and coaching athletes in endurance running and triathlon. Steve has coached athletes from 5K first-timers to Hawaii Ironman age group champions - and everyone in between. As your coach, Steve will guide you to achieve and exceed your athletic goals.

 

Steve currently lives in Longmont, CO with his beautiful wife, two sons and two wildly exuberant dogs.

Personal Best Performances:

  • '16 Ironman Arizona AG Win M40-44 (8:48.51)

  • '16 Ironman Boulder AG Win M40-44

  • '15 ITU Age Group World Champion - Sprint Distance, M35-39

  • '15 ITU Age Group World Championships - 4th place AG, Olympic Distance, M35-39

  • '15 Ironman Boulder 3rd place Overall, M35-39 AG Champion (8:58.43) 

  • '14 Ironman Arizona Overall AG Champion (8:52.52) 

  • '14 USAT AG Nat'l Champs (5th AG Oly, 2nd AG sprint)

  • '13 Ironman Boulder 70.3 Overall Amateur Champion (3:59.05)

  • '13 & '14 Boulder Tri Series AG Champion

  • ’12 Ironman World Championship: 5th Place, M35-39AG

  • ’12 Ironman Arizona M35-39 3rd place, 9:03

  • ’12 Eagleman 70.3 Overall Amateur Champion

  • ’11-'15 Boulder 70.3 M35-39 AG Champion

  • ’12 & '14 Bolder Boulder AG Champion

  • ’11 Ironman World Championship: 9:03.26, 3rd Place, M35-39 AG

  • ’11 Boulder Tri Series M35-39 Age Group Champion

  • ’11 & '14 Harvest Moon Long Course Festival Overall Champion

  • ’11 Ironman Coeur D’Alene M35-39 Age Group Champion (9:23)

  • ‘09 ITU Age Group World Championship, Sprint Distance:  Silver Medal M30-34

  • ‘06 & ‘08 ITU Age Group World Championship, Olympic Distance: 7th place M30-34

  • ’08 & ’10 Ironman California 70.3: M30-34AG Champion (Overall AG Champ in ’08)

  • ‘08 & ‘09: Chicago Triathlon Triple Challenge: Overall Champion

  • ‘09 & ‘10: American Triple-T: Fastest Amateur (3rd & 2nd Overall, respectively)

  • ‘06 Chicago Marathon: 2:40.26

  • 7-Time Boston Marathon Finisher (’00-’04, ’06, ’11)

 

Dark Horse Triathlon was founded by head coach Steve Johnson. Since the age of 7, Steve has been actively and competitively participating in sport...and is a 2-time age group world champion athlete in two sports; rowing and triathlon.

 

From competing for a spot on the USRowing National Team, repeatedly qualifying for and finishing the Boston Marathon or participating in several ITU age group world championships and the Hawaii Ironman in triathlon, Steve has never found himself far from athletic success.

 

Fourteen years ago, Steve left the corporate advertising world and initially turned his attention to coaching collegiate rowing at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. His teams there quickly rose to prominence amongst collegiate club teams and won medals at prestigious races such as the Dad Vail Regatta and Head of the Charles Regatta.

 

Since left the rowing world behind, he has been competing and coaching athletes in endurance running and triathlon. Steve has coached athletes from 5K first-timers to Hawaii Ironman age group champions - and everyone in between. As your coach, Steve will guide you to achieve and exceed your athletic goals.

 

Steve currently lives in Longmont, CO with his beautiful wife, two sons and two wildly exuberant dogs.

Personal Best Performances:

  • '16 Ironman Arizona AG Win M40-44 (8:48.51)

  • '16 Ironman Boulder AG Win M40-44

  • '15 ITU Age Group World Champion - Sprint Distance, M35-39

  • '15 ITU Age Group World Championships - 4th place AG, Olympic Distance, M35-39

  • '15 Ironman Boulder 3rd place Overall, M35-39 AG Champion (8:58.43) 

  • '14 Ironman Arizona Overall AG Champion (8:52.52) 

  • '14 USAT AG Nat'l Champs (5th AG Oly, 2nd AG sprint)

  • '13 Ironman Boulder 70.3 Overall Amateur Champion (3:59.05)

  • '13 & '14 Boulder Tri Series AG Champion

  • ’12 Ironman World Championship: 5th Place, M35-39AG

  • ’12 Ironman Arizona M35-39 3rd place, 9:03

  • ’12 Eagleman 70.3 Overall Amateur Champion

  • ’11-'15 Boulder 70.3 M35-39 AG Champion

  • ’12 & '14 Bolder Boulder AG Champion

  • ’11 Ironman World Championship: 9:03.26, 3rd Place, M35-39 AG

  • ’11 Boulder Tri Series M35-39 Age Group Champion

  • ’11 & '14 Harvest Moon Long Course Festival Overall Champion

  • ’11 Ironman Coeur D’Alene M35-39 Age Group Champion (9:23)

  • ‘09 ITU Age Group World Championship, Sprint Distance:  Silver Medal M30-34

  • ‘06 & ‘08 ITU Age Group World Championship, Olympic Distance: 7th place M30-34

  • ’08 & ’10 Ironman California 70.3: M30-34AG Champion (Overall AG Champ in ’08)

  • ‘08 & ‘09: Chicago Triathlon Triple Challenge: Overall Champion

  • ‘09 & ‘10: American Triple-T: Fastest Amateur (3rd & 2nd Overall, respectively)

  • ‘06 Chicago Marathon: 2:40.26

  • 7-Time Boston Marathon Finisher (’00-’04, ’06, ’11)

Coach John

John is Pharmaceutical Project Manager and works at Johnson & Johnson. He relocated with the company from the UK to the US in February 2013 along with his wife Lucy and dogs, Milo & Woody, and currently resides in Doylestown, PA.

 

After playing Rugby Union in his home country of Wales for most of his childhood and adult life, John turned to triathlon in 2009, where he completed an off-road/pool based race for fun. That first race ignited a passion, and shortly following that he was convinced to enter Ironman. 9 months of focused training led to completion of Ironman Austria in a time of 10:11 – a result which surpassed his expectations! John quickly learned that triathlon rewarded hard work and dedication, and that even by starting late in life without any specific background in any of the three disciplines, it was something that he could continue to improve on, and a sport where he could compete in for years to come. 

 

John has continued with racing age group long course triathlon, and over the course of the next 7 years has competed in 12  Ironman distance races, 17 half Ironman distance races, along with numerous shorter events. John’s highlights include competing 3 times at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships and twice at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.

 

John began working with Steve Johnson as his coach in 2014, and has since made significant improvements in performance. In addition to becoming a better athlete, John has learned a significant amount from Steve in terms of coaching philosophy and methodology. Coaching is something that John has always been interested in, especially with his analytical engineering background and technical advances within the sport. Over the last few years he has helped many friends become better triathletes by advising from his own experience and knowledge gained from years of training and racing. This all led to formal studying and qualification, and in January 2017 was certified as coach by the Ironman University.

 

John has recently joined the Dark Horse Triathlon coaching team. Steve will continue to coach John as an athlete, as well as mentor him as a new coach where they will guide you to achieve and exceed your athletic goals.

 

Personal Best Performances:

  • 2019 Boston Marathon (2:56)

  • 2018 Ironman Arizona - 2rd Place M40-44 & Kona Qualification (9:07)

  • 2017 Rehoboth Beach Marathon – Boston Qualification (2:57)

  • 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championships - 22nd Place M35-39 (4:29)

  • 2017 Challenge Poznan - 3rd Place Overall (9:19)

  • 2016 Ironman Arizona - 3rd Place M35-39 & Kona Qualification (9:02)

  • 2016 Toughman NY Championship – 3rd Place Overall (4:40)

  • 2016 Ironman Timberman 70.3 - 2nd Place M35-39 & 70.3 WC Qualification (4:20)

  • 2015 Challenge Poconos – 1st Place M35-39 (4:31)

  • 2015 Ironman Eagleman 70.3 2nd Place M35-39 & 70.3 WC Qualification (4:24)

  • 2015 New Jersey Devilman Half Lite – 1st Place Overall (3:01)

  • 2014 Ironman World Championships – 53rd place M35-39 (9:46)

  • 2014 Ironman 70.3 World Championships – 25th Place M35-39 (4:20)

  • 2014 Ironman Lake Placid – 5th Place M35-39 & Kona Qualification (9:44)

  • 2014 Ironman 70.3 Syracuse – 1st Place M35-39 & 70.3 WC Qualification (4:17)

  • 2013 Ironman Cozumel – 6th Place M35-39 & Kona Qualification (9:12)