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Coach Kate Johnson


Kaneohe, Hawaii

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Cycling disciplines:

Road, gravel, mountain bike, multi-day, triathlon, off-road triathlon

I coach because helping other people reach their goals not only gives me great joy, but also grows me as a person. I love riding my bike, and I love to see others experience that same love and happiness.

My coaching philosophy is one of health and lifelong learning. I value education and expertise, as well as experience. Each person is unique and individual, and as such my coaching approach is to get to know the athlete as a person; working together, we discover the best ways to develop and grow in the areas that we identify.

I value technology that adds to athletic growth and experience, and I strive to stay on top of the latest research on athletic training.

Coaching is a team activity where both the coach and the athlete have responsibility to communicate and interact with one another. Lastly, but not least, it is about enjoying the process and journey we take together as coach and athlete, no matter how difficult it may be.

Off the bike, I have performed with Richard Carpenter both as a backup singer and as a clarinetist, and I am a full-time musician (clarinetist) with the Royal Hawaiian Band.

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Certifications and achievements:

  • Precision Nutrition Certified Coach

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Athlete Testimonials

I really enjoy working with Kate. I have had two prior one-on-one coaching relationships with other training organizations and this is by far the best, heads above what I have done previously. I am always impressed with Kate's depth of knowledge and experience; she is the perfect coach for me. I tell others about her, and have encouraged them to sign up!   - Bill H.

Kate is knowledgeable, responsive, and funny!   - Mary C.

I'm very happy with coach Kate - she is always quick to respond and she makes me feel like i'm the only athlete she is coaching - our Zoom meetings never feel rushed and she adapts the training to my needs. Even if I don't have a race goal, she helps keep me enthused and healthy.   - Lynda T.

This year Coach Kate helped me improve my resilience & confidence to handle longer races from the 30mi range to the 50+mi range. She also presented a year end review that helped me see where I started to where I am today. I appreciate her ability and expertise to make changes to my training schedule when life threw some wrenches into it this year.  She didn't miss a beat and kept me on track. Thanks, Coach Kate, and to everyone at BaseCamp Coaching!  - Kim T.

I'm so happy to have found Kate! She's been able to give me attainable cycling goals through some pretty intense life changes. Her knowledge and solid coaching advice has saved me!   - Frankie H.

Kate has done a great job of reading me as an athlete and supporting my growth and addressing any limiters. Coach Kate has really helped me transition away from BC online this year and is whipping me into exceptional shape with the plan progression based on my goals. It is a great experience. Thank you.  - Beth C.

Recent Athlete Achievements
  • Beth Collins finished 7th in her age category at the 2024 Barry-Roubaix 62-mile race

  • Tracy Ellwein finished 1st in her age category and 3rd overall in the 2024 Real West Gravel short course

  • Tracy Ellwein finished 2nd in her age category and 4th overall in the medium course at Gorge Gravel 2024

  • Brent VanKeulen finished both the 2024 Gran Fondo Flanders and the 2024 Paris-Roubaix Challenge

  • Karoline Droege finished her first attempt at the SmokeNFire 400 in 3 days, 18 hours, and 35 minutes

  • Bill Hollman finished 3rd (out of 12) in the 70+ category at the 2023 Mt Baker Hill Climb

  • Michele Sorenson won her age group and had the fastest overall bike split at the 2023 Na Wahine Triathlon

  • Beth Collins finished the 2023 MS Crusher 175 in 19:23

  • Lydia Armad went sub-6 in her first IRONMAN 70.3 Rio de Janeiro, finishing 31 out of 65 in her age group in 2023

  • Lydia Armad finished 3rd in her age group at her first Olympic-distance triathlon

  • Tracy Ellwein finished 2nd in her age group GC at the 2023 Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder

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