Coach Profile: Mathias Hecht
Mathias Hecht is one of Switzerland's most decorated triathletes. A member of the Swiss National Team for 16 years, during his career he was a high-level ITU racer as well as Top 10 Ironman World Championship finisher. Mathias runs his Trisutto.com coaching program in Willisau, Switzerland and speaks English, German and French.
Description of Mathias Hecht
I have been racing triathlons since I was 12 years-old and the sport has been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember. I grew up racing ITU Olympic distance races, joining the ITU circuit as a member of the Swiss National team for 16 years. During this time I proudly represented my country at Junior, U23 and Elite European and World Championship competitions. In 2005 I switched to Ironman distance racing with my first Ironman a 3rd place at Ironman Western Australia. Since then I have gathered another 11 full distance Ironman podiums all over the world, with highlights including my 8th place finish at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii 2008 and winning Ironman St.George in 2011 with a new course record. As an athlete who raced the Hawaii World Championships 6 times I know what it takes for my athletes to get there too. In addition to my own career, I have taken steps necessary to develop my business and coaching career. From my home base in Willisau I have been running my own swim coaching school with great success. Over the last couple years I have been working with age group athletes, with two of them already qualifying for Kona - and one of them making it into the Top 10 overall at Ironman Switzerland as an age group athlete! I enjoy helping age group athletes with their journey and to ensuring that they are at their best on race day. Being coached is an investment of their time and also mine, so I give it all the effort I have and expect the same in return. Coaching has also given me the chance to give back from what I learned in the 23 years doing this sport. I have been known as a hard worker in the triathlon scene for some time and I will definitely be known as the guy who goes the extra mile as a coach as well. It drives me to get the best out of my athletes as much as I wanted to get the best out of myself in my career as an athlete.
Why do you work with Trisutto?
My interests have always been wider then just being a pro athlete. In addition to my own racing career, I have run my own business importing sport’s products, finished University with a degree in Economics and Sport Management, while also managing my own swim school in Willisau for 5 years. I’ve been coached and worked directly with Brett Sutton for a long period, first as part of the Swiss team and later as a TeamTBB athlete. My goal is to become Switzerland’s top high-performance coach. I’m proud to join Trisutto.com use the principles of training that have been so successful with the sport’s best.