Smart Coaching, Flexible Planning & Guaranteed Results

How Steel City Endurance is Different…

Science backed principals of endurance training provide the fulcrum of our athlete’s success. Head Coach & Founder Suzanne Atkinson, MD has taken over 30 years of teaching & coaching experience, blended it with a masterful understanding of physiology, and infused it with her ability to connect with people on a one to one basis. The results are a training plan that reflects your individual needs and response to previous efforts, adequate time to recovery between workouts and races and still spend time on other pursuits, and increased speed in your planned races.

Our Core Values

  • Continuous Incremental Improvement in Sport, Attitude, Nutrition
  • Open Communication
  • Non-judgemental Approach: There is no “fail” on team SCE
  • First Move Well, then Move Often
  • Technique, Efficiency & Consistency yield Performance

Our Approach to Your Success

Steel City Endurance Coaching helps you perform to your potential. At Steel City Endurance our priority is making sure that we understand and listen to your needs and your endurance performance goals, and then help craft the training plan, accountability and support that helps you reach them.

My Personal Guarantee

I guarantee that you will see results within your first 30 days, or else your first month is free! If you follow your custom training plan for the first month and do not feel fitter, faster, smoother, more efficient or do not feel you are getting the service you expect from Steel City Endurance, your first month is free.

Head Triathlon Coach & Founder

Suzanne Atkinson, MD

Suzanne brings motivational skills, technical instruction and an understanding of physiology to each individual athlete’s training

I've been a passionate triathlon coach for nearly twenty years. At the start of my coaching career I had just completed the well known Escape from Alcatraz race. After hiring my own triathlon coach for the race, I realized that my endurance and skills coaching I already practiced from the sports of mountaineering and rock climbing carried over to triathlon coaching with ease.

I am a believer in a growth mindset and am always learning as much as I can to help my athletes get the results that matter most to them.     I learned from and  mentored with the top triathlon coaches in running, swimming and cycling.. and this in turn has helped me take the best training ideas and teaching techniques that work, and bring them to my athletes so taht they can utilize world-class coaching ideas even if they are a first-time triathlete.

As a physician with limited training time, I paid attention to the scientifically proven ways that we actually build fitness and speed...and brought that right to my athletes with absolutely wonderful results.

I also discovered that when done at the right dose, timing and tempo, the same triathlon coaching and training techniques worked for novice triathletes as well as they did for elite triathletes.

Using human principals of energy management, biomechanics, mental fitness and brain based learning, I've helped both first time triathletes as well as world champion triathletes improve their triathlon times and set new personal records in every triathlon distance, and in every triathlon discipline of run, bike & swim.

Prior to coaching triathlon, I was a wilderness instructor for Outward Bound School which developed my foundational approach to teaching technique and helping students breakthrough fears and limitations.

All of these experiences have helped me become the triathlon coach that can help you achieve the goals you have with personalized triathlon training that's been refined through working with hundreds of athletes over the years.

When you see the value in my ability to help you have fun, get faster and believe in your potential, you won't regret choosing Steel City Endurance!

Triathlon Coaching with Suzanne

Training with Coach Suzanne and Steel City Endurance has greatly improved my confidence and enjoyment of open water swimming, and by improving my efficiency has enabled me to save energy for the bike and run in triathlons. During the best if the US race (Leon's race), it was a turbulent start with the best of the us and faster men/women all together.

Due to the work on swim efficiency I was able to hold a place just behind the lead swimmers. I remember feeling like everyone around me was expending a lot of effort, while I felt pretty comfortable. I feel like the effort saved by not working extra hard to stay right there at the lead payed off with a strong bike and run.

Kirsten Sass

Multiple Time World and National Champion & Paralympian Guide

I utilized Steel City Endurance as my Triathlon Coach to increase my 5k and half marathon time as well as to complete a 70.3 distance triathlon. I met all my goals with great success and I largely attribute that success to Steel City's coaching. We seamlessly work together from two different parts of the country. My coach was incredibly informative, responsive, flexible and offered amazing guidance along the way. I highly recommend Steel City Endurance Triathlon Coaching.

Jodi Blaine

From Mom to 70.3 Ironman

Freestyle Swimmer Struggling to Breath

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