Age Grouper for Life is a podcast geared towards helping age group triathletes optimize their training and racing of multisport events.  Podcast hosts Colin Cook and Elliot Kawaoka are USA Triathlon certified coaches that will help give you ideas on how to become a better athlete and embrace the triathlon lifestyle.  They understand the challenges of training with families, full time jobs, and everything else that is going on in life.


Colin Cook

I was born in Pepperell, MA, but currently reside in Bedford, NH. I grew up loving all sports but primarily was focused on hockey. I played hockey through college and will always love the sport of hockey. However, after graduating from college, I started working at a desk job and stopped being as physically active as I used to be. I would go to the gym and workout, but had a hard time staying motivated and just didn’t have that drive I always had growing up. After following this path for a while, I decided to run the Boston marathon. During my training for the marathon, I decided that triathlons would be the next obstacle for me to tackle.

As soon as I started training for my first triathlon, I developed a tremendous passion for the sport. I really enjoy the variety in the training and the devotion it takes to obtain my goals. I love training and the triathlon lifestyle. I continue to train and devote myself to triathlon. As a result, I am also looking for new and innovative techniques and technologies for myself and my athletes to improve.

I currently coach athletes throughout New England. I really enjoy helping people and get tremendous satisfaction out of seeing my athletes succeed and meet their goals.

Colin Cook

Elliot Kawaoka

I began competing in triathlons in 2009 after spectating and volunteering at Ironman Arizona. I was instantly hooked. I love everything about the sport: the athletes, the competition, and the supporting endurance community. Iron-distance triathlons appeal to me the most because it’s at these races where I truly feel like I’m pushing my body to its absolute limits. I love “digging deep” and seeing how my body reacts to the race’s harsh demands.

Before triathlon, I was a competitive baseball player. I grew up in Seattle and am a diehards Mariners and Seahawks fan. I was a middle infielder for my varsity baseball throughout high school. I played the piano for 16 years and was also lead alto saxophone player for my high school jazz band (yep, I was a huge band geek). I moved to Arizona for college after living in Seattle for 18 years. I graduated with an accounting degree from Arizona State University and decided to live in Tempe because I still don’t miss the rain at all!

Before 2009, I never swam, bike, or ran. I am a very competitive individual and have an “all-or-nothing” personality. I want to be the best. I have worked incredibly hard and have become an elite age grouper. Most recently, I won my age group at Ironman Canada in Whistler. Over the past three years, I’ve had the privilege of racing the Boston Marathon twice, 70.3 World Championship, and qualified for the Ironman World Championship in Kona two times.

My long term goal is to cross the finish line at Kona holding hands with my favorite triathlete, Linsey Corbin.

Elliot Kawaoka