Triathlon Coaches


Elaina Mertens

PO Box 707
Dubuque, Iowa 52004
Phone: 3192172297


Education: Graduate degree, Graduate science or exercise-science degree, Undergrad science or exercise-science degree
Certifications: None
Services: Online coaching, Regular track or group run workouts in person

General Info

General Info: Dr. Elaina Mertens began coaching and personal training in 2007, and can offer you a customized fitness plan to make your goals a reality!

Elaina has worked with many athletes of all ability levels to personal bests in triathlon and running events of all distances. Elaina holds her Ph.D from Springfield College in Exercise Physiology, and her BA in Health and Wellness from Coe College. She is an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (E-PC), and holds her Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA.

Elaina was an Age Group National Champion for Long Course Triathlon in 2013. She competed for Team USA at the 2011 Long Course World Championships, and currently competes at triathlons of all distances, as well as many running races throughout Iowa.

Elaina has published and presented research related to performance factors for distance runners and triathletes. Her passion is your success!
Rates & Fees: Package prices vary from $45/ month - $150/ month.


Triathlon Coaching: detailed, weekly training, ongoing email or phone communication, weekly nutritional advice or assessment, race strategy and nutrition tips.
Training Camps Offered: Summer weekly track workouts- all are welcome!
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