Coach Don Larkin

Coach Michael Bauer

Coach Michael Bauer is an associate coach with Steel City Endurance and coaches triathletes, runners, swimmers and cyclists of all ages and abilities. His certifications include USA Triathlon Level I Coach, Ironman Coach, ITCA Triathlon Coach and formerly held certification with USA Cycling. Michael has competed races of all distances from 5k and sprint distance triathlons to Marathons, Ironman triathlon, and ultra marathon. This year he is training to compete in several ultra marathons including representing Team Phenomenal Hope at Bertioga-Maresias, a 75 kilometer (48 mile) race in Bertioga, Brazil.

Personal Coaching Philosophy:  There are very few triathletes or runners that go to a race thinking they can win.  For most of us, we are out there to improve health, have fun, and test our limits. That’s why as a coach I believe in an athlete-centered approach.  This means that I do not take a one size fits all training program and try to fit an athlete to that program.  Rather I look at an athlete’s experience, ability, available time, and motivation and design an individualized program that fits their needs.  I take a data driven approach to assigning target paces, heart rates, or power for workouts and races.


I am excited and honored to be the newest coach for Steel City Endurance. An avid ice hockey player my entire adult life, I began training for my first marathon at the age of 39 in order to lose weight and become more fit. Originally, my plan was to get my weight down and and prepare for Maui Oceanfront Marathon over eight months. At the time I figured that would be it, one marathon and I’m done.

Well, plans change. Not only did I run my first 4 months ahead of schedule, over the past 4+ years I have competed in more than 20 endurance events including half-marathons, marathons, an ultra-marathon, and triathlons of every distance. I have gone from nearly 200 pounds to 150 pounds, the least I have weighed my entire adult life. This year I plan on running my first 50 mile (almost) race in Bertioga, Brazil.

As a former University Professor performing research on the cardiovascular and pulmonary vascular systems, I enjoy learning the scientific basis of endurance sports training. Two important parts of my job were to understand the scientific literature and apply it to my own research endeavors and mentoring young scientists, two skills that translate well to the coaching world. I look forward to using my professional and athletic experience to make a positive impact on the endurance sports community by helping athletes reach their training goals.

2016 Race Experience

  • Just a Short Run Half Marathon
  • Phenomenal Hope 5k

2016 Race Plans

  • Pittsburgh Marathon
  • Mighty Morraine Man Sprint
  • Laurel Highlands 50k
  • Ragnar Appalachia Ultra Relay
  • Ironman 70.3 Ohio
  • Bertioga-Maresias 75k
  • EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler

2015 Race Experience

  • Spring Thaw 15 Miler
  • Just a Short Run 18 Miler
  • Phenomenal Hope 5k
  • Pittsburgh Marathon
  • Mighty Morraine Man Sprint
  • Ironman 70.3 Steelhead
  • Gran Fondo New Jersey
  • Ironman Louisville
  • EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler

2014 Racing Highlights

  • Pittsburgh Half Marathon
  • Mighty Moraine Man Sprint Triathlon
  • Rev3 Williamsburg Olympic Triathlon
  • Goleta Beach Olympic Triathlon
  • Rev3 Cedar Point Half-Iron Triathlon
  • Rev3 Florida Half-Iron Triathlon

2013 Racing Highlights

  • Maui Oceanfront Marathon
  • Rock n’ Roll USA Marathon
  • Pittsburgh Marathon
  • Rachel Carson Trail Challenge
  • Montour Trail Half Marathon
  • Akron Marathon
  • Mighty Moraine Man Olympic Triathlon
  • Marine Corps Marathon

2012 Racing Highlights

  • Akron Half Marathon
  • Columbus Marathon
  • Philadelphia Marathon

Favorite Race Experience:

Finishing Ironman Louisville.   Obviously, it was my first, but there are so many other reasons. One of those many reasons was that I was able to help a newly made friend cross the finish line.  She was suffering from a stress fracture and was determined to fight her way through it to race IM Louisville and qualify for the IM world championships in Kona.  Instead, I found her at mile 10 of the marathon, sitting on a curb, in pain, and ready to quit. She and I spent the next 14 miles walking and talking.  With two miles to go I couldn’t contain myself and decided to run it in.  But I waited there and was able to see her cross the finish line.

Other highlights for me were placing 3rd in my age group at the Goleta Beach Triathlon in beautiful Santa Barbara California, finishing my first half iron distance race at Rev3 Cedar Point, and finishing the Rachel Carson Trail Challenge, a 36 mile ultramarathon over punishing terrain.

USA Triathlon Level 1

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International Triathlon Coaching Association (ITCA)


USA Cycling Level 3


Freestyle Swimmer Struggling to Breath

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