Coach Denise Whitson

Don't Set Limits!

Triathlon has had so many positive impacts on my life that I want to share it with others through coaching. I didn't become an athlete until much later in life, spending my youth avoiding all types of exercise. After struggling with my weight, I started working out to help keep it under control. One thing led to another, and even though I couldn't swim when I started, I have now completed over 15 triathlons including both half and full Ironman distances.

Everyone has different reasons for wanting to do triathlons and different goals. I want to help you meet them.

Personal Gallery


"As a 1st time Ironman in training, I knew I needed a coach. Denise was a godsend for me. Throughout the entire year, she was there to help and guide me on my quest to becoming an Ironman. I had a lot of issues that she dealt with. Luckily Denise was there to pick me up and say that no matter what happens I will be able to finish the race. She was able to tweak my schedule so that I could pick up more biking and swimming. Without a coach to provide a voice of reason, I would have quit long before the big day. I would have been truly upset with myself for not finishing and I'm so glad that I had a coach who believed in me. Lastly, Denise provided lots of guidance for all of my nutritional issues during training. Plus, she was able to talk me off the ledge several times during the year when the training seemed insurmountable."
— Nikki

My Message To You

"If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good."
— Dr. Seuss

"Happiness is pushing your limits and watching them back down."
— New Balance ad

"Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still."
— Chinese proverb

Contact Info


USA Triathlon, Level 1 Coach
B. S. in Nutrition Science
NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Coaching Experience

Strength: nutrition
Years of experience: 5

Notable Races

  • Iron Distance Triathlons
    • Ironman Arizona 2013
    • Ironman Florida 2012
    • Ironman Coeur d'Alene 2011
  • Half Iron Distance Triathlons
    • Buffalo Springs 70.3 2013
    • Ironman 70.3 New Orleans 2012
    • Ironman Texas 70.3 2011
    • Ironman Austin 70.3 2010
    • Ironman Kansas 70.3 2010
  • Olympic Distance Triathlons
    • US Open Olympic 2011, 2010
    • TexasMan Olympic 2010 - 3rd F40-44
  • Sprint Triathlons
    • Disco Sprint Triathlon 2012
    • Spring Fall Classic Sprint Triathlon 2011 - 1st F40-44
    • King Tut Sprint 2010 - 3rd F40-44
    • Benbrook Women's Sprint Triathlon 2009
    • Take on the Heat Sprint Triathlon 2009
  • Other Distance Triathlons
    • Redman Full Aquabike 2013, 2012
    • TexasMan X-50 2011
  • Running Races
    • Tour de Fleurs 20K 2010, 2009, 2006
    • New Year's Day 5 mile 2010 - 3rd F40-44, 2009 Finisher
    • The Dallas Half 2009, 2006
    • Marathon2Marathon 2009 - 2nd F40-44
    • Big D Half Marathon 2009
    • Dallas White Rock Marathon 2006
  • Adventure Races/Duathlons
    • Spartan Trifecta 2014
    • Muddy Buddy 2011 - 1st Co-Ed 86-95, Finisher: 2010, 2009, 2008
    • Two White Dogs Duathlon 2010 - 1st F40-44, 2009 - 2nd F40-44
    • Texas Motorspeedway Duathlon 2010
    • Blazing Saddles Duathlon 2009 - 1st F40-44
    • Summer Solstice Duathlon 2009 - 2nd F40-44
    • Bronda's Duathlon 2009