Alexander P Martinek
Alex grew up in Spokane, Washington swimming under Todd Marsh, who has coached several Olympic trial swimmers and professional swimmers. Alex began his coaching career when he was 20, coaching for the 300+ member Team Blaze Triathlon Club. He was the head swim coach for Team Blaze for three years until he made the permanent move to Durango. During his time coaching for Team Blaze he also assistant coached for Spokane Area Swimming. There he helped coach Junior National team member Daniel Roy who has the 2nd fastest 200m Breaststroke of all time for 15-16. He continued his coaching endeavors, coaching the Cheney High School girls team as an assistant coach. That year the team placed at 3A State Championships. In September 2015 he became the Junior coach for Durango Swim Club. He has since moved into the Head Coaching position with aspirations to continue the competitive nature of the swim team. He wants athletes to attain their highest level of competition. He always tells the athletes, “You have all the tools to be successful, it’s up to you to use them.”
Alex’s training philosophy takes a long lasting approach -- it’s not what we can do for you today but what can we do for you next year. As an adolescent athlete the goal is to hit planned peaks throughout a year. Early peaks result in early failures. Alex breaks each season into three phases (training blocks) planning backwards from a championship meet. The first phase focuses heavily on building endurance and aerobic capacity. The second phase transitions into threshold and lactate threshold. It allows your body to smoothly adjust to a harder work regimen. In the last phase we work on anaerobic threshold and VO2 max, utilizing the capacity that we’ve built throughout the season. The progression comes from great coaches such as Bruce Gemmel, Bob Bowman, and Jon Urbanchek. It follows a logical seasonal progression incorporating all energy systems and aspects of training creating well rounded swimmers.
Alex graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy in 2012 Cum Laude as a member of the Anthony Wayne Legion Guard with his AA in Business Administration. He served for three years in the National Guard. After taking time off school to pursue a career as a professional triathlete he decided to finish his bachelors at Fort Lewis College where he graduated in April 2016. He continues to race Xterra triathlons as a professional with hopes to compete at the World Championships.