Coach Rachel Sears Casanta

                                                                 

 

Rachel Sears Casanta, is an endurance sport coach working with runners, cyclists, triathletes and multisport athletes.  A former professional triathlete, Rachel is the co-owner of Hypercat Racing (endurance sports coaching company) and Hypercat Cycleworks (full service bike shop) based in Ventura, Calif.    


Education
Rachel earned a Master’s degree in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco. She completed her undergraduate study at Syracuse University and earned a bachelor’s degree in TV/Radio/Film Production from the renowned S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and International Relations at the Maxwell School of Public Administration.  She maintains coaching certifications from USA Triathlon (Level II & Youth & Junior), USA Cycling (Level II), Ironman University, Slowtwitch Coaching Power Certification, Training Peaks (Level II) A.C.E.  and is a Precision Nutrition Level I Certified Coach. 

  
Racing Experience

Rachel competed as a professional triathlete for twelve years racing at distances ranging from sprint to Ironman.  She tackled events across the globe including Ironman Canada, Ironman Western Australia and the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. She represented the USA at eight ITU world championship events in the sports of duathlon and triathlon.  In 2010, Rachel was a member of the US Elite Team that secured a gold medal at the ITU Long Course Triathlon World Championships in Immenstadt, Germany.  Weeks later she competed on the US Elite Team that brought home silver from the ITU Duathlon World Championship contested in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Throughout her personal athletic career Rachel has coupled her raw experience as an athlete with the art and science of coaching.  She coaches athletes of all ages and fitness levels, both in person and virtually. Her athletes have earned national titles and qualified for world championship events from the sprint distance to Ironman.  For eight years Rachel created the training programs for the Team USA Duathlon squad in preparations for world championship events.

 

Rachel racing at Ironman Hawaii
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Endurance Sports Industry Contributions

An enthusiastic and passionate speaker, Rachel has presented clinics and seminars for groups including USA Triathlon, Genentech, See Jane Run, Sports Basement, Lululemon, and the Washing State University Sport Management club, Syracuse University Alumni Speaker Series, the Golden Gate Triathlon Club and the San Francisco Triathlon Club.  Her articles on multisport related topics have been published in FreePlay magazine and she was also a writer for American Tri magazine. Rachel authored a chapter in the book, The Women’s Guide to Triathlon, published by Human Kinetics in June 2015. Rachel was featured in a documentary about the Wildflower Triathlons and has appeared in two open water swimming videos: “How to Swim from Alcatraz” and “From Lane Lines to Shorelines: Guide to Open Water swimming.” In addition, Rachel appeared on the news magazine show “Bridge Street” on WSYR-TV Channel 9 in Syracuse, NY.


 

In January of 2011, Rachel and her husband Philip relocated from the San Francisco Bay Area and celebrated the grand opening of the Hypercat Racing bike shop, bike fit studio and coaching company in Ventura, CA. In June 2012, Rachel and her husband Philip welcomed their son, Giovanni into the world. In July 2015, the Casanta’s welcomed a baby girl, Francesca.  In addition to being a mom, managing Hypercat Racing, coaching, training and racing, Rachel stays busy helping care for their menagerie of pets including Zola the chihuahua, Fleur the cat, a pair of aquatic frogs, a tank full of fish, lizards, snails and an ever evolving menagerie of creature friends.

Mom and little dude in pool
Rachel post race and little lady

Professional Coaching & Related Multisport Experience

  • 2020 - Panel Speaker at Endurance Exchange Conference
  • 2020 - Mentor - TBIW (Triathlon Business International Women)
  • 2019-2020 - Triathlon Business International Board Member
  • 2019 - Founder of Women on Wheels Ventura County Cycling Club
  • 2017 - TriEqual Change Makers Committee
  • 2015 - USA Triathlon SW Region Youth Coordinator
  • 2015 - USAT-SW Region Kids Committee Chair
  • 2013 - USA Triathlon Women's Committee
  • 2011 - USA Triathlon Youth National Championships Pre-Race Clinic - Swim Coach
  • 2009 - Assistant Coach, XC / Track & Field, Albany High School - Albany, CA
  • 2009 - Coach, San Francisco Triathlon Club Ironman Training Programs
  • 2008 - Head Coach, Boys & Girls XC, International High School - San Francisco, CA
  • 2008 - Presenter, Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, Course Review - San Francisco, CA
  • 2006 - '07 Head Coach, Track Program, San Francisco Triathlon Club
  • 2005 - Coach, Subway Endurance Kids, Endurance Challenge Camp - Kauai, Hawaii
  • 2004 - Guest Speaker, Tiger Trails XC Camp - Berkeley, CA
  • 2003 - '04 Coach - TriCalifornia Camps & Clinics
  • 2003 - 2008 - Author, Team USA Duathlon Worlds Team Training Program
  • 2003 - '04 Co-Head Coach, XC, Lick Wilmerding High School - San Francisco, CA
  • 2003 - Head Coach, USA Triathlon Collegiate Triathlon Training Camp, Clermont, FL
  • 2003 - Coach, Reebok "Team Vector" - Triathlon Team - Fighting ovarian cancer
  • 2001 - Volunteer Coach, Duathlon, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training
  • Founder & President, Hypercat Racing (founded in 2001)

 

Certifications, Associations & Sport Involvement

  • IRONMAN Certified Coach
  • USA Triathlon Level II Certified Coach
  • USA Triathlon Youth & Junior Certified Coach
  • USA Cycling Level II Certified Coach
  • Slowtwitch Coaching Power Certified Coach
  • TrainingPeaks Level II Accredited Coach
  • Precision Nutrition Level I Certified Coach
  • American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer
  • Member of Fund Her Tri Coaches Alliance
  • USA Triathlon Southwest Region Administrator, 2009 - 2018
  • USA Triathlon Certified Official - Cat 4
  • Founding member of San Francisco Triathlon Club
  • 2002-2004 - Contributing Writer - American Tri magazine
  • 2001-2002 - Co-Chair - USA Triathlon, Duathlon Commision
  • 2001-2003 - Southwest Region Representation - USA Triathlon Duathlon Commission
Coaches at Slowtwitch Coaching Clinic
Athletic Highlights
  • Former Professional Triathlete / Duathlete
  • 8-time world championships Team USA competitor
  • 4 time Ironman competitor professional field, including Ironman Hawaii
  • former duathlon age group world champion (standard distance) / Bronze medalist (long course)
  • scholarship runner in cross country & track for Syracuse University
  • 35+ years of competitive running experience with career wins at 400m to the marathon
  • 20+ years of triathlon racing experience, 12 professional
  • 2002 - Inducted into Sports "Wall of Fame" - Paul V. Moore High School, Central Square, NY.
  • 2002 - Honorable Mention - USA Triathlon Elite Duathlon Rookie of the Year

Education

  • University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
    Masters in Sport Management
  • Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
    B.A. International Relations & TV/Radio/Film Production

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Rachel Sears Casanta
Endurance sport performance coach working with runners, cyclists and multisport athletes in the disciplines of aquabike, aquathlon, duathlon and triathlon based in Ventura, California.