Welcome back to the norm

Welcome back 37 year-old assistant orthopaedic surgeon and father of four (!) Norman Yamada, who this year will be racing sprint, Olympic and half iron distance triathlons.

Based in San Ramon, California, 2012 was Norm’s first season of coached triathlon training in which he targeted Vineman 70.3 as his key race.

This year, as well as returning to Vineman 70.3, he will tackle the infamous choppy Bay swells during the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.

As with many athletes Norm is a family man and juggles commitments at home with a busy working life.

Norm took some time out towards the end of last season to support his wife in welcoming their fourth child.

The Yamada Family with new arrival Hana Miyoko Yamada

The Yamada Family with new arrival Hana Miyoko Yamada

Norm said: “My wife was really supportive of my training last year but once things at home had settled down I was keen to build on the fitness I achieved in 2012.

“Toby has helped a lot by modifying my training sessions so I can train more at home and spend as much time as possible with my family.”

Coach Toby said: “Norm is lucky, he has a very supportive family. With such pressures on his time, building peak fitness is a challenge and like many athletes with busy schedules we go for a quality rather than quantity approach.”