Leading the staff is owner and Head Coach Sharon Johnson. Sharon is a USA Triathlon certified coach, one of the areas few Level 2 USA Cycling Coaches, and a RRCA certified run coach. She has an extensive background in strength, swim & cycling training, sport specific technique, and is currently a track coach for the Merrimack Valley Striders. Sharon is consistently named as a USAT All American Triathlete. Some of her most recent accomplishments include a 2014 3rd place finish at the World Championships in Edmonton, 7th place at 2015 USAT National Championships and 2015 Queen of the Mountain at one of the areas premier cycling events, B2VT. She coaches athletes in all disciplines of all levels.
Owner and coach, Lisa Corbett is an avid life-long, endurance athlete. She is a USAT certified triathlon coach, a USA Cycling Level IIcoach, a RRCA certified run coach, a Certified Sports Nutritionist and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Always passionate about health and fitness, Lisa recently earned a BS degree from the University of Southern Maine in Health Sciences with a focus on exercise and nutrition. She participates in races of all distances and is a 4-time Ironman finisher. She has qualified for Age Group nationals multiple times and was her age group winner at the 2013 Rev3 Iron distance triathlon. Lisa enjoys coaching and encouraging athletes of all abilities.
Owner and USA Cycling Level II certified coach, Ann Domigan, brings a wealth of athletic and small business experience to the Breakaway team. A high school basketball player turned runner Ann has completed 2 Ironman races, 16 marathons and qualified for Boston 9 times. She discovered the sport of triathlon over 10 years ago while recovering from a running injury. A naturally talented, hard-working and extremely determined athlete you will see her on the podium quite frequently. She has qualified for USA Triathlon age group nationals multiple times. Her enthusiasm and energy inspires others to compete and achieve new goals.
Coach Fabio Piergentilli has been bicycle racing for the past 20+ years of which 5 were on the Trek/VW semi pro team. His best discipline is climbing. He is currently racing in the USCF Masters category.
He started racing in the U-Mass Lowell collegiate team where he won several races and became the team leader. In addition to competing at the collegiate level, he raced in the USCF category 5 level. Fabio earned his category 2 upgrade after 3 years of racing. He joined the Galaxy Sports Marketing semi pro team which later became Trek/VW. He raced in the pro field for 7 years. He competed in Road Races, Criteriums and Time Trials. He also competed in the national level Fitchburg and Killington pro stage races.
He won the Mt. Washington road race in the masters category and had many top ten finishes in both USCF road races and criteriums.
He grew to respect bicycle racing for not only its requirement of a high fitness level but also for its strategic element and its requirement of good bicycle handling skills. It is not just brute force. Knowledge of your competition and the race are key ingredients towards attaining good results.
For fitness, time trialing was one of the most important parts of my training. I did it at least once a week. It not only helped my fitness but also helped me get the best position possible on my bike. Having data week to week and experimenting with position, pedaling style and cadence helped me find that sweet spot(minimum effort / maximum speed) that is different for every cyclist.
Amy’s Quinlan is an avid cyclist with a lifelong history of athletic achievements. Before her involvement in national level triathlon competitions, she was a semi-professional soccer player with the NE Phantoms and voted NH amateur player of the year in 1996.She is certified as a personal Personal Trainer, USA Cycling Coach Level 3, and USA National soccer coach. Amy’s love for competition, helping others achieve goals coupled with her keen eye for proper form and sense of humor make her a great addition to the coaching staff.
Armand Pantalone, owner and operator of both the Speed Merchant Aero Research and Testing (SMART) Wind Tunnel and Bike Shop in Plaistow, NH will be providing bike maintenance & other cycling services at Breakaway.
Armand has been a competitive cyclist for over 25 years. He has been a race promoter and is currently a sponsor of 3 New England Road Racing Teams and 1 Triathlon Team, as well as the main sponsor for a 2016 Team in the Race Across America (RAAM).
Armand owns more than two dozen bikes himself, every one of which he has personally built or assembled. He is a bike mechanic as well as bike builder. He can build, maintain or upgrade all types of bikes, road, time trial/triathlon, cyclocross, and mountain bikes.
Armand will be at Breakaway on Wednesday evenings to provide our clients’ with onsite bike maintenance. He will also consult on cycling related needs including aero positioning, equipment choices, and test sessions in the SMART Wind Tunnel.
Steve is a triathlete first and a yoga instructor second. His classes honor the mind body connection of yoga while staying grounded in how we use our bodies during endurance sports. Each class will provide an opportunity to improve mobility, posture, balance, proprioception and total body strength. Variations of the poses will be offered, such that classes will be appropriate for different bodies and phases of the training cycle.
Steve is a middle of the pack age group triathlete racing up to half IM distance. His yoga training includes 200 hour RYT at the Yoga Loft in Willington, a 300 hour RYT at Home Yoga in Andover, and a 5 day intensive with Sage Rountree on “Teaching Yoga to Athletes” at Kripalu.