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frostbite training


Group and/or individualized training to help athletes prepare to run in the Frostbite races in better time and injury free with the help and training of experienced coaches and fellow runners. Learn more.

Asheville Marathon & Half Training


Get ChiTraining, the official Asheville Marathon & Half at Biltmore Estate training program, and learn the ChiRunning technique to complete the Asheville Marathon, or half, pain and injury-free, preparing you for this particular elite course where civilized meets primitive. Learn more.

Asheville Triathlon Training


Training Program for beginner and experienced triathletes, offering expert advice and coaching for improved performance in swim, bike,and run events as well as with transitions through clinics and group training sessions, in preparation for the Asheville Triathlon. Learn more.

LPC Triathlon Training


iDaph teamed up with the Lelia Patterson Fitness Center to offer a group training program in the Asheville/Hendersonville area with more in-person coaching and a structured triathlon training. This program is recommended for the beginner to advanced Triathlete wishing to participate in all distance multi-sport races. Learn more.

Tell us about the training you want…


We’ve partnered with experienced coaches in Western North Carolina to help you reach your upcoming goals. We wish you much success as you begin your journey towards accomplishing your racing dreams! Contact us if you want sports instruction and coaching help or suggestions that you don’t find here!

Thomas Cason

Thomas Cason

Trail Boss

is a USATF Level II Distance Coach who graduated from Furman University with a BA in Health & Exercise Science followed by an MA in Education with an Emphasis in HES. Cason has lots of athletic experience with over 100 road/trail races wins in running career, and 15 years coaching experience at college level, with 12 years as head coach in cross country. He proudly coached over 200 college distance runners at Brevard, Davidson, Furman, and Lees-McRae colleges.

In college he was an all-Southern Conference Cross Country, Track, and Academic Team Member, and in Highschool he got all-State 3 times in XC and received 3A State Champion for 3200 Meters and 1600 Meters.

Thomas coaches for the Frostbite Races and the Dig the Du, “WNC’s Dirty Duathlon”.

Heath Dotson

Heath Dotson

HD Coaching

Heath raced as a Category 1 cyclist for nearly 12 years. In 1999, he helped found the Cane Creek/Subaru Elite team based out of Asheville, NC. During his tenure as rider, director and manager, this team became one of the top amateur/elite teams in the Southeast and succesfully campaigned internationally as well. Heath also raced for a season in Europe with Cercle Gambetta Orleans cycling, a top amateur team based just outside of Paris.

His cycling career was cut short by a somewhat rare condition that effects cyclists called endofibrosis of the external Illiac artery. Because of the medical community’s unfamilarity with the diagnosis at the time and the refusal of insurance to cover treatment, Heath took a few years off and focused on other pursuits. Cycling or competition was never far away from his heart or mind.

Heath took up running for aerobic conditioning and eventually, with some encouragement from friends entered a triathlon. From that point on he was hooked. A surgery to attempt to correct the vascular issue was largely successful, and Heath has since gone on to be one of the top Age Group triathletes in the region. In 2010, Heath earned a place on Team USA for the 2011 ITU Long Course Worlds. Heath still occasionally competes regionally as a cyclist and is a rider/mentor for the Industry Nine Grassroots Team based out of Asheville.

Heath was an early adopter of training with power beginning in 1995 with a Computrainer. He owned one of the first Powertaps, then known as eTune, and has been using and analyzing data with  an SRM since 2001. This knowledge and experience is invaluable when it comes to helping you reach your full potential high definition performance.

HD Coaching offers only Full service training. There are no 12-week calendar and a pat on the back plans here. All plans will be administered and monitored through Training Peaks. You get what you pay for, and that is personal service.

  • Unlimited e-mail access
  • Phone consultations on a bi-weekly basis or as initiated by athlete
  • Training plan modifications as needed (life happens)
  • Training Peaks Premium account
  • Power analysis through WKO+ (if applicable)

Contact Heathheath@hdcoaching.net and mobile: 828.280.3169 to see how he can help you reach your racing dreams.

Ryan Madamba

Ryan Madamba


  • A Certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
  • Certification as USA Triathlon (USAT) Youth & Juniors Coach.

Ryan is a father of two, who lives in Asheville, North Carolina where he trains and competes in local and regional events and has consistently placed in the top tier of his age group in Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons, and has been swimming competitively since 1978. Since Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, where he attended on a swim scholarship, Ryan has worked with Outward Bound, Wellspring Camps, and has worked with thousands of individuals in the health and fitness industry to help them find their passion in sport and identify how their personal fitness affects their overall quality of life.

Ryan will coach and train the youth in the kids portions of our races, and triathletes in the Asheville Triathlon and the LPC Triathlonwww.madambatraining.com

Danny Dreyer

Danny Dreyer

Chi Running

Co-founder of ChiRunning and ChiWalking, teaches revolutionary forms of moving that blend the subtle inner focuses of T’ai Chi with running and walking. His work is based on his study of T’ai Chi with Master Zhu Xilin and internationally renowned Master George Xu, and his 35 years of experience, running, racing ultra marathons and coaching people in intelligent movement.” He has taught thousands of people the ChiRunning and ChiWalking techniques with profound results.

Danny’s first book, “ChiRunning: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-free Running” was released April 2004 by Simon & Schuster. “ChiWalking: Five Mindful Steps to Lifelong Health and Energy” was released in March 2006. “ChiMarathon: The Breakthrough Natural Running Program for a Pain-Free Half Marathon and Marathon” was released March 2012 by Simon & Schuster.

Danny has been a featured speaker at the prestigious Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego Marathons, as well as at hundreds of other health and wellness events across the country. He has taught the ChiRunning and ChiWalking techniques to training groups such as the San Francisco Marathon, the AIDS Marathon, Team in Training, USA/FIT, AARP and many others. He has been on CNN, NPR and other news programs. He publishes a monthly newsletter and has been published in Running Times, Body & Soul Magazine, and others. He has received press in Time Warner’s Health Magazine, AOL, Shape Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Elle, Washington Post, New York Times, Web MD and hundreds of newspapers, journals and web sites across the country and abroad.

Dreyer is an accomplished Ultra Marathon runner (races longer than a marathon) and has raced every distance from a 10K to 100 miles. He has successfully completed 40 ultra-marathons since 1995, finishing in the top 3 in his age group in all but one. In August 2005 he placed second in his age group in the USATF National 50k Championships.

Danny coaches for the Asheville Marathon & Half at Biltmore Estate