Testimonial about the Elite Development Age Group Team

d3 multisport athlete on the podium | Ironman triathlon race
November 7, 2017

Mike Ricci


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I am super grateful that I was selected to be a part of the 2017 D3 Elite Age Group Development Team.  I cannot fully express the benefits I have gained from being part of this team.  This was my third season competing in triathlon and my first season with a coach (Laura!!!). 

Triathlon is such a tricky balance and to be able to be a part of such a supportive and knowledgeable network of coaches and teammates has helped me navigate my way through the racing and training process.  If I ever have a question, I have tons of people and resources at my fingertips.  Having coached workouts in each discipline on a weekly basis has allowed me to become stronger and better and more efficient in everything I do.  By having a coach there, I was able to work on areas that I didn’t even know I needed to.  I think it’s also helpful because the onsite coaches can communicate with my coach so that she is aware of what my progress and needs are. 

Also, the team workout setting allows you to push yourself to levels that are hard to achieve on your own.  It’s also more fun to suffer with other people!  The dedication, desire, and determination of everyone on this team is contagious. I truly appreciate all of the help and things I have learned from both all of the coaches running practices, my coach and my TEAMMATES.  It is really cool to be able to train with and learn from people who are at such a high level that you would never be anywhere near them in a race.  I have received nothing but support, feedback and encouragement from all people involved with this team and I look forward for many seasons to train with the D3 Elite Age Group Development Team. 

Thanks everyone for letting me be a part of this and for pushing me each week and getting me to a level that I never could have achieved on my own!

Dore Berens
Elite Age Group Development Team Member 2017

Coach Mike Ricci is the Founder and Head Coach for D3 Multisport.  His coaching style is ‘process-focused’ vs. ‘results-focused.’ When working with an athlete, their understanding of how and why they are improving is always going to take precedence over any race result. Yes, there is an end goal, but in over 2 decades of coaching, experience has shown him that if you do the right work, and for the right reasons, the results will follow.

Coach Mike is a USAT Level III Elite Certified Coach, Ironman University Certified Coach, and Training Peaks Level II Certified Coach. He was honored as the USAT Coach of the Year.

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