Armando Galarraga - Triathlon Coach
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First name: Armando
Last name: Galarraga
Gender: Male
DOB: 12th Jan, 1973
Email: [email protected]

Resides: Auckland, New Zealand
Nationality: Venezuelan
Language(s) spoken: English, Spanish
Time zone: New Zealand Standard Time (UTC/GMT+12 hours)

Qualification Awarded – Master’s Degree
Principal Studies – Telecommunications
Institution – University of Colorado at Boulder

Qualification Awarded – Bachelor’s Degree
Principal Studies – Economics
Institution – Rollins College

Experience in triathlon: 20 years
Triathlon coaching: 10 years

Major coaching achievements in the sport of triathlon:
Career coach of Joanna Lawn
7 Ironman titles
6 top 10 finishes in Kona, Hawaii
7 Ironman New Zealand titles
Many other wins

Sporting achievements:
2014 Winner – Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific, Auckland (40-44 Age Group Champion)
2013 Winner – NZ Long Distance Championships (40-44 Age Group Champion)
2011 Winner – NZ Long Distance Championships (35-39 Age Group Champion)
Qualifier – 4 x Ironman World Championships – Kona, Hawaii
Qualifier – 5 x Half Ironman World Championships
Fastest Finish – 9:08 Ironman Asia-Pacific Championships, Melbourne
Podium Finishes – 50+ Podium Finishes in USA, Europe, Asia, Pacific
Marathon – 2011 Auckland Marathon (02:49:00)


For over 20 years Armando has been training, coaching and winning with the biggest names in triathlon. His dedication, innovative approach and consistent top performances have given him an enviable reputation within the sport.

In a sport renowned for its privacy, Armando has been given unfettered access to some of the world’s best athletes. From working, training, to life with, this access has allowed Armando to hone his thinking, strategies and training.

Long-term training partner and husband of Ironman legend Jo Lawn, and also friend and advisor to three time World Champion Craig Alexander, Armando knows what it takes to survive, excel and win in the world’s toughest one day endurance event.

Armando’s coaching philosophy is centered around tailor-making innovative plans that cater for athletes strengths and weaknesses both physically and mentally.

He believes that the athlete/coach relationship should bring the athlete far more than just a training program. A true partnership brings value not only to then athlete’s performances, but also to those people who surround the athlete – their family, friends and business partners.

“Athletes are not just athletes, they are fathers, mothers, brothers, friends, colleagues, etc. Those that perform the best are those that keep all those things in balance. Coaches will either assist that balance or destroy it. I’m here for the whole athlete.”
Armando Galarraga

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