Lawrence Arnold

Triathlon Coach

Do What You Love and Love What You Do

I have always been in competitive athletics since I was 7 years old. My primary sport was soccer, but I competed in basketball, baseball, and ran track/cross country. I played club soccer in the Dallas area from age 10 through high school graduation. I was on the varsity soccer team at Plano Senior High and won state my senior year. I went on to play soccer in college for 2 years at Centenary College before I transferred to Southwest Texas State (now Texas State). At SWT, I received a BA in Physiology of Exercise with a minor in Geology. After college, I had a friend introduce me to cycling and fell in love with that sport as well. I continued playing soccer in adult leagues in both Austin and Dallas until repeated knee injuries forced me to stop. I have coached all different levels in several different sports.

I was always fascinated with the sport of triathlon and use to watch the Kona Ironman broadcast. I knew I wanted to compete in this sport, but I was scared of the swim. Running and cycling always came pretty naturally, but I know I needed help to get me comfortable swimming in a group setting. Several years ago, I took a group lesson on triathlon swimming and I quickly realized I can do it. Swimming has now become my stronger of the 3 disciplines and is a strength in my race. I went from struggling at 300 yards to regular workouts over 3000 yards. I now compete in 8-10 triathlon races a year ranging in distances from sprint, Olympic and half ironman events (New Orleans, Austin, and Oceanside 70.3). I also enjoy trail running as well as regular road races. Triathlon to me is more of a lifestyle than a sport. Competing is fun and keeps my competitive drive going, but the comradery I find in this sport is second to none. Training with my teammates continues to push me to be a better athlete and I am healthier in my 40s than I was when I played Division 1 soccer in college. There is always someone in this sport that pushes you to be better even in a sport that you are really racing a clock. Being competitive can and should still be fun.

I have coached youth sports for many years. I held a US soccer coaching license for 8 years. My last certification gave (Class A) gave me to ability to coach any level in the US. I coached youth teams ranging from recreational, club, and was an assistant for the U18 Louisiana state team. I current help coach my boys U6 soccer team for both indoor and outdoor soccer.

As a triathlon coach, I want to pass on the knowledge and experiences I have gained throughout my life. My goal is incorporate the science of training to enable my athletes to reach their goals while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It is my responsibility to help you maintain a balance with school, work, and family obligations.

Certification:

  • USAT Triathlon Level 1 Coach
  • CPR/AED/First Aide

Notable Triathlons:

  • Half Ironman Triathlons:
  • Buffalo Springs 70.3 -2016- 5:43:33
  • Austin 70.3 – 2015 – 5:57:36
  • Oceanside 70.3 – 2015 – 6:04:09
  • Austin 70.3 – 2014 – 5:53:52
  • New Orleans 70.3 – 2015 – 6:05:57
  • Disco X-50 – 2015 - 3:53:14
  • Tri Rocks Austin – 2015 – 2:33:27
  • Tri Waco – 2015
  • Tri Rocks Austin – 2014 – 2:51:13 (3rd Place)
  • Disco Tri – 2014 – 2:47: 14 (1st Place)
  • Tri Rocks Austin – 2013 – 2:54:18 (3rd Place)
  • Disco Tri – 2013 - 2:48:53 (2nd Place)
  • Best of the Best – 2014 – 1:18:45 (2nd Place)
  • St Patrick’s Tri – 2014 – 1:12:35 (1st Place)
  • Best of the Best – 2013 – 1:21:30 (2nd Place)
  • St Patrick’s Tri – 2013 - 1:17:54 (3rd Place)

Notable Running Races:

  • Dallas Half – 2012 – 2:00:25
  • Jurassic Park Trail Run – 2015 – 1:55:02 (4th Place)
  • Hot Chocolate 15K – 2015 – 1:18:28
  • Hot Chocolate 15K – 2015 – 1:25:06
  • Austin Turkey Trot – 2015 – 40:07
  • Austin Turkey Trot – 2013 – 42:54
  • Austin Turkey Trot – 2012 – 39:32
Awards:
  • Ironman All World Athlete Bronze 2015
  • Ironman All World Athlete Bronze 2014
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