“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out. For what is each day but a series of conflicts between the right way, and the easy way.” – unknown author
The triathlon club is a competitive sport in which Lopes of any skill level are invited to participate. All skill levels are welcome to join. The objective is to help athletes train and improve for personal benefit. Training takes place daily from Monday to Saturday, starting at 6 am and again at 5 pm. There also is interval training from 5 to 6 pm each Tuesday and Thursday.
The college triathlon club is focused on making each team member a better athlete by giving everyone the opportunity to compete in meets. Our team is a family. All students are invited to take part in a club that will build their skills and introduce them to new people.
Malcom McGuire, also known as Coach Mal, is entering his first year as head coach for the GCU Triathlon Club. He is a certified USAT Level 1 Endurance Coach and HSA Nutrition Therapist. McGuire also specializes in mentoring students and athletes, life coaching, daily/athletic nutrition and creating training programs that teach team members, at every level of the sport, to consistently perform at their best.
Coach Mal owns an extensive background in coaching and competitions. McGuire previously led the Arizona State Triathlon club where he helped guide the program to first-time finishes and a third place men’s podium at the USAT National Collegiate Championship in 2017. He has also coached many past clients and athletes to more than 60 first-time finishes in every distance of endurance racing. This includes one duathlon win, one Olympic triathlon win, one Spartan Ultra Beast sub 9-hour finish, two Ironman sub 11-hour finishes, 27 top-3 age group finishes and 12 top-10 overall finishes. His own athletic accomplishments include an Ironman amateur age group ranking of 7 (USA) and 29 (International). As well as being a three-time USAT All-American, Coach Mal has raced in multiple Ironman events and owns a top-10 overall/first in age group placement at every triathlon (7 total) in his first year.
McGuire resides here in Phoenix and owns and operates a professional development program to race Ironman at the elite level. Before coaching and competing, he earned a business degree from the University of Buffalo. His purpose as the head coach is to guide student-athletes; helping and teaching them how to balance the demands in life while instructing them about the foundation of proper training, nutrition and fitness.
Jacob Windauer is a Grand Canyon University student who coaches and races for the GCU triathlon club team. The program is growing quickly and aims to be established as a ranked USA Triathlon team by the fall of 2018. The team holds a lot of promise with many open positions available.
Coach Windauer has raced successfully as a triathlete for the past six years in the Northwest and currently races for an Olympic Development triathlon team based in Rocklin, Calif. He wants the GCU triathlon team to have an atmosphere that provides an opportunity for triathletes to reach their goals in the sport. These goals can range from completing a race for the first time to reaching the podium at national competitions. He wants to build a platform for competitive triathlon racing and make GCU competitive in male and female college divisions. His primary goal is to grow GCU athletes as individuals through a sport rooted in integrity and mental and physical toughness.
Coach Windauer is studying biology with an emphasis in pre-medicine and will graduate with honors in the spring of 2020. His twin brother, Nicholas, also races for the Olympic Development team and GCU’s triathlon team. Originally from Montana, Coach Windauer grew up playing soccer before transitioning to triathlon in 2013. His hometown’s small population of dedicated triathletes created a competitive atmosphere that developed his ability in the sport quickly. Since then, Coach Windauer has made podium at multiple Junior Elite and collegiate-level races, as well as several races in Arizona.