Ryan Bolton is the owner and founder of Bolton Endurance Sports Training (BEST) and the High Performance Manager at USA Triathlon. After a successful college running career as an All-American and Academic All-American, Bolton focused on triathlon with the goal of competing in the Olympic Games. His running prowess combined with a strong background in swimming and cycling provided a solid foundation for his successful career as a professional triathlete. In 2000, Ryan represented the United States in the Sydney Olympics and then went on to compete at the top level in long course triathlon racing. His race resume includes many international victories in Olympic, Half, and Full Ironman distances. Ryan was coached his entire career by Joe Friel and Joe remains a close mentor to this day.
After retiring from racing in 2004, Bolton received a M.S. in Human Nutrition, with an emphasis on stress metabolism, in 2006. This degree, combined with his B.A. in Exercise Physiology and his long-term background in endurance sports, has provided Ryan with key skills to be a critical adviser to the USA Triathlon High Performance team and also coach World Class professional runners and triathletes, Olympians, and amateur runners, cyclists and triathletes from around the World.
It can be helpful to consider things from the athlete’s perspective. Ryan Bolton was coached by Joe Friel for the duration of his career as a pro triathlete. He reflects on what made that relationship work and the lessons he took from it in establishing his own coaching business.