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Coach - Axel Reiser

Coaching Credentials / Achievements
  • Level 1 Tri NZ Coach (currently working on Level 2 accreditation)
  • Fully qualified Alpine, Telemark and Nordic ski instructor (ISIA accredited)
  • General coaching/instructor qualification (German qualification focusing on practical and theoretical coaching and instructing skills)
  • NZ Mountain Safety Council Risk Management Qualification
  • Member of the TRI NZ Youth advisory group
  • Professional involvement with instructing, coaching and guiding since 1998 

Services Offered

  • Consultations
  • Camps
  • Guided Runs and Rides (MTB!)
  • One on One or group technique analysis (swimming, running, biking, MTB, Nordic skiing)

Other key information

  • Happy to work with athletes of all levels and ages from first timers to elite athletes
  • Specialist for athletes interested in X-terra triathlons or ‘adventure triathlons’ such as Inferno Race Switzerland or the Norseman, Norway.
  • Lead Coach for the Canterbury Triathlon Club (CTC),Black Squad’ (‘Senior group of CTC Junior Programme)
  • Married with one child – I understand the demands of balancing family, work and training.
  • MTB and road bike guide for Pacific Cycle Tours (Christchurch based bike tour operator) – detailed knowledge of rides all across New Zealand

Racing Career Highlights

  • Top German XC and Steeplechase Runner (1990-1997)
  • 1st (2011) + 2nd (2012) @ Xterra Motatapu– 4th (2010) Xterra Rotorua
  • 2 x 4th @ Inferno Triathlon, Mürren Switzerland (2007, 2008)
  • 2x “Top 100 Finisher” Ironman World Championships Kona, Hawaii 
  • Sub 9hr ironman (8:52 at Challenge Roth)


My first experience of triathlons was a dash at a local Olympic distance race near my hometown in 1989. The “Ammersee Triathlon” was a bit of a legendary race at that time and I did not have any idea. I swam without goggles and rode on a borrowed bike and had never trained a run off the bike – autsch! From this initial experience I was “hooked”, … but went on to become a middle distance runner and did heaps of ski instructing and coaching. Since 1990, I have been ‘drilled’ in teaching and instruction techniques in various sports (amongst them swimming, athletics, gymnastics, skiing and wind surfing), but mainly during my ski 3-year instructor accreditation. I was lucky enough learn of some of the best athletes and coaches in the world how to analyse movement patterns and give feedback. This has helped me develop as an athlete and as a coach. I know from my personal experience that each athlete needs an individualized and personalized training regime and probably more importantly an empathetic coach who listens to their needs. I have a wealth of experience with cross training - those beneficial transfers between different sports - and how to manage them to achieve great outcomes. Most of it is based on personal experience from my running and triathlon career, which I balanced with MTB riding, skiing and mountaineering or tramping. I still believe that New Zealand is the ideal country to build in outdoor pursuits, such as climbing, XC or touring skiing, MTB riding or even mountaineering into endurance training. I am happy to help other to avoid those stupid things I wish I had done a little different – e.g. like trying to run a marathon straight off the plane coming back from a mountaineering expedition!
I have taught, coached, instructed, guided and worked with people from as little as 3 years old to as old as 75 across a range of sports since about 1998. Some I only met for hours, with others I have worked for years. After I came to New Zealand I gradually converted from a “multi sports-athlete” to a triathlete and fulfilled the dreams I ever had – in particular to race in Kona. There is one thing I still need to tick off my ‘bucket list’ – the Norseman Triathlon in the mountains of Norway!
Over the years and with being involved in such a variety of sports, I have a developed a great understanding of how to balance training, work, family and social demands. When I work with athletes I want them to have a programme that is going to ensure reach their goals whilst keeping their life in the balance that desire.
If you scratching your head on how to figure out the puzzle that is triathlon save yourself some time by getting advice from one of the team at Fast Forward.