Jeff Cuddeback and I started the triathlon together, in 1983. I was a football player at the University of Central Florida and took on this "triathlon" as a whim. Five seconds after finishing the first annual Clearwater Triathlon, I retired from football and became a serious triathlete. I have always been the run through a wall pain loving type of athlete. Training with Jeff daily, I met the REAL MR. PAIN! I am a 12 time All-American triathlete and Ironman qualifier at Gulf Coast half-iron when it was top two (Jeff was first of course), or nothing. Jeff is the only amateur on my radar that I could never beat, and there is a reason. He knows how to efficiently gear up for a race, commit, and reach his goals. We all have our strengths and life paths. Jeff's is to be a successful triathlete and help others do the same. He knows what it takes and you will feel his confidence. Beyond that, Jeff is the most amicable and personable elite triathletes, and people, I have ever known. You would never know he is the MAN! Let him train and inspire you. Then have a beer with him. Both will be an experience not forgotten.
As a former collegiate rower and competitive cyclist, I know what it means to hurt. With an interest in triathlons which could be described as casual at best, I decided to try Ironman in 2002.
I knew in November of 2001 when I made this decision that this journey would require a lot of training. Given the time I would invest in the sport, I wanted to make every workout count. I contacted Jeff and based on his experience working with athletes of differing levels and commitment, not to mention his success in Hawaii, I made the choice to hire him as a coach. My personalized training schedules that Jeff provided allowed me to focus strictly on training, free of the stress and worry that comes with wondering if the program you have put together will work. Jeff also provided experienced, invaluable feedback regarding nutrition and race tactics, both of which are essential in Ironman.
While I was the one that had to get up early every morning and put the time in during those long, hot summer weekends, Jeff made sure my time out there was well spent and would prepare me for my ultimate goal: finish the Florida Ironman!
-Mahalo, Randy Scheid
A mutual friend introduced me to Jeff Cuddeback in 1994 and although I heard his name mentioned and saw him at some of the races, I didn’t meet him again until April 2002. I was a jogger and step aerobics freak back then, and thought the triathlon crowd were a little to extreme or just plain crazy. Down the road though, in 1998, I joined that crazy crowd and did my first sprint triathlon, I was hooked. The next couple of years, I stepped up to Olympic and Half Ironman distances. All the while wishing I had the strength and ability to do a full Ironman.
Finally in 2001, I decided I was going to do it. It took me a full year to get up the nerve to actually click “submit payment” on the registration form for the 2002 Great Floridian. In a panic, I decided I would need some serious help as I had past health problems with allergies and chronic fatigue, not to mention the fact that I had no idea how to tackle Ironman training. With my tendency to “overdo” I knew I would need guidance. I had heard by word of mouth that Jeff was coaching and that he had helped athletes reach their optimal fitness and race performance levels. I thought he only coached the Elite athletes, so, when I heard that he was also coaching the average age grouper, I wanted in.
I decided to re-introduce myself and ask for his help. At the next race I saw Jeff and inquired about his program and asked his opinion of my ability to complete the biggest race of my life. He was instantly supportive and calming to me. He was easy to talk to and a virtual wealth of information. He knew what he was doing and he had the credentials to back it up. I knew he was highly respected in the triathlon community. Also, I knew he had won Kona, the Nationals, the World Championships, as well as most all the races he entered. I didn’t know, however, that he was the ONLY triathlete in the history of triathlon to be a Triple Crown holder. Jeff holds several degrees to include a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Gettysburg College, a Masters of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Central Florida, and a Masters of Arts in Exercise Physiology from the University of Central Florida.
From the beginning of my Ironman training, to the finish line, Jeff was there for me. I felt completely comfortable in calling him with any question or concern, no matter how silly I thought it might be. He was a voice of reason and a great source of strength for me. Working with Jeff has been like being a part of a team, a winning team. He was on my side and was so positive, that in no time he had me believing in myself, and that I would finish that race in excellent shape to boot. His program challenged me and made me stronger. I felt like I was his only client. Jeff broke down each workout specifically and simply, so that I understood what each was for and what to go for during that workout. He taught me about nutrition and that works in training and in a race. He boosted my spirits when I felt discouraged, and he charged me up before races during training. He was with me from beginning to end, and trust me; I heard his voice in my head quite a bit that day, especially during the run. He was waiting at the finish line for me with a big proud smile that I will never forget. He told me that I was an Ironwoman now. I think he was as happy as I was that I had finished strong. His genuine caring attitude and personality makes him a winner in more than just triathlon racing. Jeff Cuddeback is brilliant, innovative, and one of the best coaches around.
Great Floridian Ironman Finisher
40-44 age group
Being coached by Jeff Cuddeback is by far the best thing that has happened to me in triathlon since I started racing in 1999! I met Jeff at St. Anthony’s (2002) and knew immediately I wanted to work with him. I knew this because when we met I was diagnosed with exercise induced asthma and experiencing a lot of difficulty. This did not detour Jeff from helping me. He was just as determined as me, if not more, for me to race successfully. Jeff’s legendary record as a triathlete and his knowledge of the sport make him an incredible coach. However, I feel it is his support and dedication to me (and each of the triathletes he coaches) that sets him far apart from other coaches!
3rd Place Great Clermont
30-34 age group
I've been involved in the sport of Triathlon for roughly 5 years. For the first 3 years I put together training programs based on what I read or heard in conversation. My results were okay and improvements came slowly. I hooked up with Jeff in the spring of 2001.
We worked together for 5 months prior to competing in my first Ironman. From the weekly training programs to nutrition education it worked out great. Having a written program removes all of the guess work and lets you focus on the training sessions. Improvements came quickly in all 3 disciplines. After a very successful Ironman experience I have continued to use Jeff as a coach and advisor. I would highly recommend Jeff's services to anyone looking for a better triathlon experience.
Age group 40-44
As a long, long time reasonably successful triathlete (Hawaii 1985 and a bunch of age group wins over the years) I found myself not-so-much slowing down relative to my competition as stuck about one slot short of qualifying again for Hawaii. At age 61 it seemed strange to think about a coach but I had heard about Jeff and his training methods and was interested. Jeff is obviously a superb athlete but that alone does not make a coach and it was his other qualifications that made me decide to sign up with him.
We started a training program after several discussions about goals and capabilities that was much different than my previous training schedules which I thought had worked well in the past. I have been amazed at the results. I have felt better than ever before and have had a great year:
Tri-America Clermont – Age Group 1st
Gulf Coast Triathlon (1/2 Ironman) – Age Group 1st
Ironman USA Lake Placid – Age Group 5th (A better race than that sounds)
Ironman Florida – Age Group 2nd and a Hawaii slot – Ironman Personal Best by 17 minutes.
This was more that just feeling good. This was the result of Jeff’s personally tailored coaching. A personal best at age 61 is a tribute to Jeff’s ability as a coach to allow the best an athlete has to come out. Looking forward now to Hawaii 2005.
Jensen Beach, Florida
I have been racing triathlon for more than half my life. Back then I was knocking heads with the big four of the sport, Molina, Tinley, Scott, and Allen. Other than those four I was one of the first ones in the sport to beat any one of them. I don’t mention this to toot my own horn but rather to show that and old dog like me who thinks he knows a thing or too about training, can still benefit from a knowledgeable coach. I found such a person in Jeff Cuddeback. I remember Jeff from the early days of racing and we often competed with each other. In the past, I have wasted my time and energy in over-training, nutritional mistakes, and peaking, etc. Now, I have complete confidence that Jeff will allow me to reach my highest potential in the most direct route.
After a serious bike crash with a fracture, my running was severely limited. Jeff was able to personally tailor a progressive schedule that would gradually bring me back to a competitive level; the result of which I qualified for Hawaii Ironman 2005. I know of no one else who accurately understands the limitations and strengths of each individual athlete and can then tailor a program to maximize his performance.
As an officer in the post 9/11 military, we're overseas often and only have a few shots to get in peak shape for our "A" races. I had a few months of stability (no deployments) and came up with a goal to improve my ironman time by a full 1.5hrs. Most people thought it was too high of a goal. After a long discussion with Jeff, I found he was the only individual out there, besides myself, that believed it was indeed possible. He quickly devised a plan to get us there and I jumped into it with all my energy. Although he coaches the entire spectrum of athletes from elite to age grouper, I felt that I always ranked at the top of his priority list. In just three months of working with Jeff, I dropped my 1/2 marathon PR down to 1:19, attained a personal best 10K of 34:20, popped of a 2:10 olympic distance race and got my Ironman PR down to 10:54.
The best part of the entire experience however, was the fact that I didn't reach my goal of going "sub-10hr" in the Ironman. Despite personal frustration, Jeff showed me exactly why I came up short and pointed me towards the direction of improvement. Without his guidance, I would've likely thrown in the towel and fallen back into my sub-par training habits. Instead, I'm more motivated than ever and am anxious for each and every race to demonstrate my new-found talents.
Thanks for your guidance Jeff-
I started training with Jeff in February of 2005 after being referred to him by a fellow triathlete. I called to talk to Jeff and see what his philosophy was. I was so impressed by his questions, comments and ability to communicate, that I “signed on” with Jeff immediately. It was one of the best decisions of my triathlon career.
Jeff worked with me on goal setting, nutrition, mental toughness, strength training, training schedules and race “savvy”. On several occasions I was able to train with him for individual pointers. He is “always” available by phone or email for any questions, or in case you need some support pre or post race, or just for general training issues and questions. With Jeff’s training I improved in ALL 3 disciplines! He helped me work on my weakest events, made me stronger mentally and physically, and kept encouraging me to have the mental toughness to train to race and win.
Jeff provides the most “complete” coaching experience you will ever find. He is Very Positive and supportive and his mental attitude is infectious. You feel like you could conquer the world when you hang up the phone from just talking to him. He is very professional and extremely knowledgeable about all areas of the sport. What makes Jeff stand out among his peers is his knowledge and experience along with a unique ability to “communicate” and listen to his athletes. He not only “knows” what will work – he can “teach” you how to reach your own goals – no matter what level or age you are. Wherever you are in the sport – Jeff Can take you to the next level!! I have a family and work full time. With Jeff’s approach to quality workouts vs. quantity, I was able to train for 2 Ironmans the same year and still balance my other responsibilities. I had several PR’s in my first year of Jeff’s coaching, but the best was my Ironman Florida PR of 50 minutes!! I would not have believed that it was possible to improve that much in less than 1 year’s time due to coaching.
Jeff really loves helping people attain their goals – and it shows. When you’re talking with him he makes you feel like you are the only person he has – and that he has all the time in the world to help you over your real or “imagined” hurdles. My family could not be at Ironman Florida in 2005. Jeff was there at the finish line for me….I had the race of my career with a PR by 50 minutes…and yet had not qualified for Kona. Jeff made me feel like I was still a “winner” as he looked me in the eye and said, “I’m Proud of you”. When a coach does that – you will find you can train harder and can try harder than you ever thought you could. If you want to race your best, find balance in your life, and really learn to appreciate those around you, you need Jeff as your coach. Not only am I a stronger triathlete – I am a more rounded person thanks to him…
My first year with Jeff was my best year ever in triathlon.
Ralphs ½ IM 12th age group
St Anthonys 6th age group
IM Arizona 6th age group
Madera Beach Sprint 2nd age group
Clermont Sprint 1st age group
Clermont Sprint 1st age group
Mad Beach Sprint 2nd age group
Duke Liver ½ IM 1st age group
IM Florida 6th age group PR by 50 minutes