WannaTri is the collective coaching effort of husband and wife, Seth Nickerson and Sarah Simons. We still both actively compete in the sport and have each completed multiple Ironman events, multiple marathons, and every shorter distance as well. In addition to years of racing experience, we also have years of coaching experience. Sarah is a Level 2 Master’s ASCA, a Level 2 US Masters Swimming Certified Coach, and the first ever USA Triathlon Level 2 Coach with the Endurance Specialty. Coach Seth is a Level 3 USA Cycling Licensed Coach and is also USA Triathlon Level 2 Endurance certified.
More importantly, as busy professionals we understand the time-crunching demands most adult athletes face. We’ve found success balancing jobs, family, training and racing, and look forward to helping you do the same through smarter training customized to your schedule and your skills. Coaching and triathlon are our passions…fitter, faster, and further.
I grew up in Idaho with a love for the outdoors. I lived to mountain bike, snowboard, and play soccer. My first exposure to triathlon was watching those first epic Ironman races on ABC’s Wide World of Sports.
While I’ve been pedaling bicycles for as long as I can remember, it wasn’t until a senior at Washington State University, that I discovered running. I remember my first few runs as being incredibly tough, but I always looked forward to the next one.
Shortly after I graduated, I moved to Portland, Oregon. It was here I bought a racing bike and rode whenever I had the time, no matter the weather. At this time I also began competing regularly in running and road cycling events.
My multisport career began in 2006 when I moved from Oregon to Scottsdale. The first event I ever competed in was the Fountain Mountain Olympic triathlon (last one held), and I was hooked!
I’ve learned how to successfully integrate Ironman training while working multiple jobs. Believe it or not, my best performance in an Ironman was during a period of my life when I was the busiest; working more than one job and helping raise an infant daughter.
I have found triathlon to be an incredibly rewarding addition to my life, and now I look forward to sharing my knowledge with the athletes I have the privilege to work with.
Growing up in Colorado, I spent a lot of time hiking and skiing. In junior high, I began cross country running. Although not particularly fast, I was the team metronome and took to heart my coach’s advice that when I got older I should look at doing longer distances including a marathon as I might be better suited for long course. After a decade of figure skating, I finally took his advice.
After completing multiple marathons, I started to look for something a bit longer. My choices were ultra distance marathons or a half ironman. Hence my introduction into multisports. Since 2005, I’ve focused on the long course triathlon distances including multiple Ironman distance races.
I don’t remember a time when I couldn’t swim, including getting my scuba certification at 14, though I never swam competitively as a child. Coming into competitive open water swimming as an adult has given me perspective on how to teach first time triathletes how to achieve a solid swim time even with a late start and I continue to PR each year. I truly believe that swimming is a skill that you can improve on year after year and enjoy your whole life.
Whether it’s helping someone complete their first 5K, their first open water swim, or continue to improve their Ironman and marathon times, I have found coaching and helping others embrace a healthier lifestyle to be an incredibly rewarding experience. We look forward to sharing our extensive knowledge with you.