Heather Gollnick

Professional Triathlete, 5x Ironman Champion, Coach,
Motivational Speaker, Business Owner.


Heather Gollnick is a dynamic personality who has been a driving force in the multisport world for over a decade. She is not only a highly decorated former professional triathlete but also a USAT Certified Triathlon Coach and Level III Cycling Coach. As a 5x Ironman champion, her records speak for themselves, but it’s her accomplishments off the course that make her unique. Heather is an author, coach, motivational speaker, successful business owner, and mother of three. She has been a guest coach and motivational speaker at a myriad of multisport camps throughout the U.S.

With all of her current activities, Heather has become a master of the work/play/train life balance. She relates with athletes on a special level and has a unique way of connecting with those athletes who are trying to balance sport, jobs and family, something she successfully navigated throughout her stellar career. Training with Heather allows you to tap into her knowledge of Ironman distance training and racing with the added confidence of knowing she’ll push you mentally to reach your goals.

Heather is one of the foremost authorities on “Mental Training” for sport. Her book TriathleteEQ (www.triathleteq.com) addresses the fact that endurance sports are as much a test of your emotional endurance ability as they are a test of your physical ability. Though most are aware of this, few actually know how to train for, and apply, emotional endurance skills during a race.  This very cutting-edge book provides you with both invaluable knowledge and EQ exercises to incorporate into your training, pre-race, and race-day plans to give yourself the optimal chance to perform at your best when it counts the most.

Heather has been successfully coaching athletes for over 20 years. Ranging from her work with high school cross country and track teams to developing athletes who have accomplished one of the top honors in the sport of triathlon – becoming an IRONMAN, she has done it all. 

Heather has coached over 100 athletes to successfully cross the line in an Ironman, including several Kona Ironman World Championship Qualifiers. In addition, Heather is currently the Head Men’s and Women’s Triathlon Coach at Liberty University.

Professional Highlights - - Owner IronEdge Coaching / 20+ years coaching experience - Co-Author: Triathlete EQ - Motivational Speaker - USAT Certified Triathlon Coach - Level III Cycling Coach - SGX Level I & II Certified CoachRace Highlights - Ironman Champion– IM Louisville 2007 – IM Arizona 2007 - Ironman Champion – IM Coeur d’ Alene 2003 - Ironman Champion – IM Wisconsin 2003 - Ironman Champion – IM Wisconsin 2002 - 3x Ironman World Championship / Kona Finisher - 37x Ironman Finisher - U.S. Long Course National Champion 2008 - Wildflower Half – Female Champion 2003 - Pucon 70.3 Champion- Winner of over 200 multisport events - OCR Female Masters Athlete of the Year 2017 - OCR Spartan Masters World Champion 2016 - 37x Spartan/ OCR Podium