ENERGYLAB Triathlon

all abilities  |  supportive |  inclusive

ENERGYLAB Triathlon is a Brisbane based Triathlon club offering online and group sessions for Adults and Juniors. The club was formed from a desire to grow the sport of Triathlon - to help athletes achieve their full potential by balancing training, work, family and friends. Our ongoing motivation comes from setting new goals, and supporting each other to achieve them. 

By being a member of ENERGYLAB Triathlon, you become a member of an extended family who all share in the passion for exercise. We are open to all abilities - from completing your first Triathlon, achieving your Personal Best, through to World Championship level athletes.

Our team of coaches and mentors are led by Mark Gleeson. They are all experienced triathletes who believe in being part of the session, where we can give immediate feedback to ensure the group remains safe and improve performance. We have a range of abilities, where the sessions are coached and tailored accordingly - to ensure no-one gets left behind.

Sessions (Brisbane)
 

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Group Pricing Options

  • ​$15 - Casual per session (includes pool entry)

  • $100 - for 10 Session Pass (includes pool entry)

  • $40/week - Weekly pass (includes pool entry)
    (this option is more economical if attending more than 4 sessions/week)

Online Coaching - Junior, Sprint, 70.3 to Ironman

ENERGYLAB Triathlon offers online coaching by Mark Gleeson for sprint distance, through to Ironman Triathlons and specific sports like running and riding. The program provides structure and utilises a data driven approach to modify the program based on the body's response to the sessions. This data is then used to develop a specific race plan based on Pacing / Hydration / Nutrition.  The online programs are developed to transfer knowledge and provide guidance to those that are looking to reach their potential - from achieving your Personal Best through to World Championship level. 

 

ENERGYLAB TEAM

MARK GLEESON

Head Coach

MARK has been participating in Triathlons for over 25 years and has covered all distances up to Ironman. Some of Mark’s achievements are:

  • 3 x Hawaiian Ironman Finisher (5 times Qualifier)

  • 15 x Ironman Finisher (PB 9:23)

  • Ironman Asia Pacific Age Group Champion (2017)

  • Ironman 70.3 Sunny Coast Age Group Champion (2017)

  • Ironman 70.3 Worlds Sunny Coast (2016 - 22nd out of 235 in 45-49 Age Group)

  • Sub 3hr Marathon

  • Triathlon Australia Development Coach

Mark understands the importance of having a flexible approach to training by maintaining the balance between training, work, family and friends. Mark believes in the importance of using your time wisely to achieve your individual goals, and at all times #trainwithpurpose.

Mark's Motto:  Talent only gets you so far, ‘Grit’ is the key to success - it requires persistence and resilience with a focused goal. Grit can be developed over time in a supportive environment with a mentor who can provide leadership and guidance. To achieve your potential in Triathlon, you can develop Grit through getting feedback and continual learning. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of the sport and providing guidance and support to help athletes reach their full potential - this could be from getting a Personal Best through to World Championship level. 

 

TARYN AXELSEN

TARYN comes from a non-competitive youth, only being consistently involved in Triathlons for 7 years and participating in running events up to marathon length. Since joining Energy Lab Triathlon in 2018, Taryn’s skill development has improved immensely resulting in some noteworthy results:

  • National Champion Olympic Distance (35-39) (2019)

  • 3rd Ironman Australia (35-39) and 4th Female amateur overall (2019)

  • 1st Springfield Marathon female winner (2018)

  • 3rd female Park2Park half marathon (2018)

 

Taryn has participated in all distances from Sprint to Ironman including 6 Ironmans, 18 Half Ironmans and 4 Marathons. In her spare time, she is a Lecturer in Statistics and Mathematics and is involved in community engagement encouraging high school students to become interested in mathematics.

Taryn’s Motto:  Firstly, have fun. Some sessions will test you mentally and physically but ultimately we have to have fun.  Secondly, I believe one of the key factors, often overlooked, is confidence - your ability to fully believe in your ability to achieve your goals. You may have all of the ability in the world but without confidence, you won’t have the belief to “shoot for the stars” and “step outside your limits”. When confidence is developed you have faith in your ability and your preparation, without expecting success. Focusing on winning rather than confidently performing at your best can lead to self-imposed pressure and a fear of failure.

Gleeso's Words:  Taryn has been with Energy Lab from the start, with her son Bailey. She is at sessions when it is cold and dark. She brings so much to Energy Lab, by demonstrating the behaviours required to be successful. Interestingly, success came to Taryn when she focused on continual improvement and not achievement. When I think of 'Relentless Pursuit of Continual Improvement' I think of Taryn, who consistently trains week in,  week out, all year round. I am excited to see Taryn become a Mentor with Energy Lab where she can provide encouragement, advice and guidance. 

JACQUELINE THISTLETON

JACQUELINE is an athlete who has almost a decade of experience in Triathlon. Having raced originally as an age group athlete in all distances, she took her professional licence in 2016. Although currently having a break from the racing scene since having her son Oliver in late 2018, Jacqueline is still actively training and excited about being a part of Energy Lab's coaching and mentoring team. 

With a background in surf lifesaving, the sport of Triathlon fulfils her love for multidisciplinary sports! A passion for swimming, having competed her whole life, combined with strong cycling & running, makes for a competitive triathlete. Some of Jacqueline's achievements are:

Age Group World Champion

  • ​Ironman 70.3 World Championships, Sunshine Coast (2017) - 30-34 Age Group Champion, 
    1st Age Group female overall

  • World Duathlon Championships, Adelaide (2015) - 25-29 Age Group Champion

Professional Triathlon Results​

  • Ironman 70.3 Cebu - 2nd Professional Female (2017)

  • Ironman 70.3 Liuzhou - 6th Professional Female (2017)

  • Ironman 70.3 Geelong - 7th Professional Female (2017)

  • Ironman 70.3 Ballarat - 4th Professional Female (2016)

  • Hervey Bay 100  - 1st Professional Female (2016)


Dedicated, honest, consistent and driven would be words that reflect on Jacqueline. Jacqueline is a strong supporter of female participation across all sports. She enjoys mentoring all levels of athletes to help them achieve their goals.

Jacqui's Motto: “Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out” – R. Collier.

Gleeso's Words:  I recall Jacqui racing at Ironman 70.3 World Championships at the Sunny Coast. I was heading down the hill from Alex and all of a sudden Jacqui passed me like I was standing still - all I heard was 'Gleeso' and then she ran off into the distance (to be the fastest female Age Grouper on the day). While she was pushing hard she still had time to encourage others - we see this at our sessions, where Jacqui is a constant source of encouragement. Jacqui sets the example on how to train - she is always first on the start line for the next interval. I am particularly excited for our Juniors and developing athletes as they can be mentored by Jacqui who has progressed through to being a Professional Triathlete. 

SUSAN LINDSAY

Beginner/All Abilities

SUSAN entered her first Triathlon at Bribie Island in February 2012 - halfway through that ocean swim, she swore she’d never do another Triathlon ever again!  Seven years later and three bikes down, Susan is well and truly addicted to the sport of Triathlon.  During those seven years she has advanced from Enticer distance, through to Olympic distance, where she has placed 3rd at Bribie Island Tri.  

Susan has a passion for diversity and inclusion in Triathlon and loves nothing more than to see people conquer their first Triathlon and the joy it brings them.  Now a little wiser and smarter, Susan is looking forward to working alongside Head Coach, Mark, to deliver a Beginner / All Abilities training platform that is flexible, adaptable and, most importantly, fun.  Susan is incredibly proud to be a part of a club committed to providing training for all abilities of athletes with the focus being on building confidence - both in training and on race day.

Susan understands the importance of finding the balance between being a single parent of two awesome kids, two opinionated cats and one incredibly disobedient border collie and her career as a Group Executive Human Resources for a group of independent schools.

Gleeso's Words:  Susan has overcome some incredible medical conditions to compete in the sport she loves. Starting out as a beginner in 2012, she has progressed through the sport and is now passionate about sharing her knowledge. ​Susan is such a kind hearted and giving person who is always willing to help. She will be amazing with anyone wanting to do their first triathlon or build confidence going into longer races. 

LISA TODD

Beginner/All Abilities

LISA competed in her first Triathlon in 2012.  She got involved in Triathlons as a result of having to stop playing Hockey due to injury.  Doctors said to her "either fuse your foot or stop playing hockey" - so she chose Triathlon!  

 

Lisa focused on sprint Triathlons until 2018, as she could not swim very well due to needing a shoulder re-construction, which she got in mid 2017.  She went full steam after that - racing in her first Olympic Triathlon at Noosa in 2018, then her first Ironman 70.3 at Western Sydney three weeks later. 

Lisa will focus on the Beginner / All Abilities and knows how to go from Beginner through to Ironman 70.3.  She balances her love of Triathlon with a corporate career.

Gleeso's Words: Lisa has an inherent Grit - she chooses a goal and focuses on achieving it. Lisa is the ideal person to help our Beginner and All Abilities athletes as she started out as a beginner back in 2012 and has gradually progressed through Triathlon. One story I have of Lisa's determination was when she did her first Ironman 70.3 at Western Sydney and it was amazing to see her focus on finishing - there was never a doubt. Lisa is goal orientated, she just loves targeting a race and then focusing on doing the training to get to the finish line. 

 

SESSIONS

 SWIM     
Monday        (6:00pm - 7:00pm)
Wednesday  (6:00pm - 7:00pm)
 
The swim sessions are Triathlon specific where we focus on technique and open water swimming skills. 

 

These sessions cater for someone new to swimming who wants to complete their first Triathlon through to those who are more experienced and want to improve their technique and open water swimming.

The Clayfield College Swimming Pool is 25m, with recently installed heaters (it is warm!).

Location: 
Clayfield College Swimming Pool 
95 Bayview Terrace, Clayfield (entrance on western side of pool)

 RUN 
Thursday  (5:30am - 6:45am)
Saturday   (6:00am - 7:00am)

 

The Run sessions are open to all abilities with everyone starting and finishing together.  These are coached sessions where you will receive feedback on your running to allow for self-adjustment of technique.

Thursday's Interval Session - the focus of this session is on technique by incorporating drills to improve running efficiency. The specific intervals will be a combination of easy and fast running which will allow you to put the drills into practice. There is a broad range of abilities at this group and is open to everyone.

 

Saturday's Threshold Session - this session is ideal to improve your distance running and the run off the bike. We finish the session with the Kedron Parkrun and coffee.

Location:   
THURSDAY - Kalinga Park, Park Avenue, Clayfield
(meet in carpark)

SATURDAY - Kedron Parkrun Start Area, Shaw Rd, Kedron

 BIKE  
Wednesday  (5:30am - 6:45am)
Friday           (5:30am - 6:45am)

 

The Bike sessions are designed by Gleeso who has 25 years of experience riding and racing bikes. The key focus of these sessions is group and individual riding catering for all abilities through to experienced riders. 

The sessions are conducted at Nundah Crit Track which is only open for cyclists, allowing us to target specific sessions without the risks of riding on the road. 

On arrival, the group warms up with a couple of easy laps of the Nundah Crit Track. We then break into groups of equal ability for the main part of the session, which is typically team based riding. We change the format of the session based on upcoming races and different athlete focuses.

Location:   

Nundah Crit Track, 111 Hedley Avenue, Nundah

 BRICK   (Bike+Run)
Tuesday  (5:30am - 6:45am)


​The Brick sessions are designed to be race specific and improve the transition from Bike to Run. The format of the session is to improve the transition technique, mount and dismount. 

From a performance perspective, we also do intervals which are designed to improve speed. The bike is non-drafting to teach everyone to maintain the draft distance. The run is typically at race pace. 

During the Triathlon season the Brick session is one of the most popular, as it is fun and high energy. 

 

Location:   

Nundah Crit Track, 111 Hedley Avenue, Nundah

ONLINE COACHING

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Sprint, Olympic Distance, Single Sport Specific

This program is designed specifically for short course Triathlons through to Olympic distance Triathlons (Noosa and Mooloolaba Triathlon).

 

The program is developed from a library of specific sessions and adjusted based on fatigue levels and areas of focus. The sessions are shorter in nature with a higher intensity. 

We also build a base of core, stretching and yoga which are a critical platform for short course racing.

Cost: $30/week

Mark Gleeson

#tbt to #im703SC at Mooloolaba last year

Half Ironman

The Half Ironman program provides structure utilising specific sessions to develop the speed and endurance required for a Half Ironman. 

 

The schedule and sessions are continually altered depending on life commitments, training load and the body's response to sessions. We focus on a training/life balance to ensure the schedule is sustainable and becomes part of life. 

 

We look beyond the race and ensure training is maintained to become part of life.

Cost: $40/week

Mark Gleeson

Ironman, Long Course

This program is for those athletes who are completing their first Ironman, through to those who are hoping to qualify for the Hawaiian Ironman at Kona. We focus on developing the training behaviours to have a sustainable training/life balance with a whole of athlete approach - incorporating Meditation, Core Exercises and Yoga. The program utilises the data from sessions to develop a Pacing/Hydration/Nutrition race plan.

 

The end result of this program is to take your knowledge of yourself and the sport to another level and prepare you for Ironman or Long Course races.

Cost: $50/week

Mark Gleeson

 

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CONTACT

ENERGYLAB Sessions:
  • SWIM - Clayfield College Swimming Pool, 95 Bayview Tce, Clayfield

  • RUN - Thursday - Kalinga Park Avenue, Clayfield

  • RUN - Saturday - Kedron Parkrun Start area, Shaw Road, Kedron

  • BRICK - Nundah Crit Track, 111 Hedley Avenue, Nundah 

  • BIKE -  Nundah Crit Track, 111 Hedley Avenue, Nundah

0409 362 281 (Mark)
ENERGYLAB Session Pricing:
  • ​$15 - Casual per session (includes pool entry) 

  • $100 - for 10 Session Pass (includes pool entry)

  • $40/week - Weekly pass (includes pool entry)
    (this option is more economical if attending more than
    4 sessions/week)

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