Coach Brian Wood

Team Discounts

Alex's Bike Shop- 20 % Discount on Soft Products and 15% on HARD goods.  

TUNES CYCLE SHOP- 50% off Bike Fits and Discount on Labor and Maintenance

Bicycle Generation- 15 percent off. 

Coach Racheal is a USA Triathlon Level II Elite Coach with a Youth and Junior Certification,, and Elite Mentorship Coaching Program Certification.  She is a USA Cycling Expert Level 1 Coach, Road Runner's of America Certified Run Coach, USA Track and Field Level 1 Coach and ASCA Level 1  and US Masters Swim Coach.  She has attended several Coaching Summits/Programs both for Triathlon and Cycling.   She has a Master's Degree in Exercise Science and Wellness, Bachelor in Health Education and Athletic Training.  She was a high school swimmer, soccer player and college tennis player.  She has quite a bit of experience teaching and coaching youth including having taught kindergarten through college level physical education, health, math and science classes.  She believes in BIG PICTURE thinking and training each athlete for the long term.    

The team practices  place a lot of emphasis on skill development, total fitness and centering workouts around PLAY.   Coach Racheal is also an adventurer at heart, loves taking the path less traveled and exploring.  Athletes on team learn to be one with their training as well as being introduced to new and fun skills for cycling and triathlon.  She strives to get her athletes ready for competing at top levels, including learning skills needed to race draft legal racing.   All workouts are based on AGE appropriate training and high volume is avoided.

Coach Racheal has coached several athletes to Florida Regional Championship Age Group Titles,  Podium finishes at USAT Youth Nationals, IronKid's FL Championship Age Group Titles,     IronKid's National Age Group Title along with numerous age group wins for her athletes and the team.   She prides herself in helping these athletes to be successful at triathlon as well as balanced in their training.  The goal in all the training is longevity in the sport, taking care in keeping her athletes healthy and avoiding burnout.   

Coach Racheal is also an accomplished triathlete with success in both short and long course racing.   She knows what it means to train at a high level and get results without breaking down with overuse injuries.   A few highlights include USAT Number 1 ranking in 2001, 2002 World Champion Ironman Kona for Masters (40 and over age group),  6 time podium finisher at Ironman distance (3 Kona, 3 IM FL),  4x Sun Sentinel  South Florida Athlete of the Year,  1998 Sprint Distance National Champion and TEAM USA member with a 7th place finish at World's in Montreal in 1999, XTERRA SE Regional Champion and competed in XTERRA World Championships in Maui Hawaii.  Having raced all disciplines well, she understands the progression needed to develop into a successful athlete at various times in athletes lives.  She has also had success with her coaching being named one of the Southeast Regions Top Coaches in 2008.  

​​Coach Racheal Wood

about ​us


Youth and Junior Triathlon is a rapid growing sport that is perfect for young athletes!  It provides them with a chance to be well rounded and to develop a high level of fitness.   South Florida Lightning Team was established in 2011 to help offer developmentally specific  youth and juniors triathlon training and coaching in the Broward/Palm Beach Area.   

History of the TEAM:  The team started when Racheal was contacted by a local parent to coach a young athlete.   It felt like a natural fit having a vast level of experience working with youngsters with a teaching background in health, wellness and physical education.   Coach Racheal decided to complete the Youth and Junior Certification and the team was formed.   Over the years, many of the athletes went on to be constant podium finishers at the local, state and national level.  The team offers highly structured practices with opportunities for more personalized coaching. 
Athletes receive guidance through the process with info on gear selection, racing and training info such as appropriate race selection and proper racing strategies.

The team practices  place a lot of emphasis on skill development, total fitness and centering workouts around PLAY.   Coach Racheal is also an adventurer at heart, loves taking the path less traveled and exploring.  Athletes on team learn to be one with their training as well as being introduced to new and fun skills for cycling and triathlon.  She strives to get her athletes ready for competing at all level of competitions, including learning skills needed to race draft legal racing.   All workouts are based on AGE appropriate training and high volume is avoided.

Coach Racheal has coached several athletes to Florida Regional Championship Age Group Titles,  Podium finishes at USAT Youth Nationals, IronKid's FL Championship Age Group Titles,     IronKid's National Age Group Title along with numerous age group wins for her athletes and the team.   She prides herself in helping these athletes to be successful at triathlon as well as balanced in their training.  The goal in all the training is longevity in the sport, taking care in keeping her athletes healthy and avoiding burnout.   

For Club membership and training opportunities, please visit Training Opportunities Page.   For team membership opportunities under the team info and membership page.  


If you are interested in being a part of the South Florida Lightning Club or ELITE teams, please contact Racheal at rachealwood@gmail.com or 954 263 4588

Coach Brian Wood is a valuable part of TEAM LIGHTNING coaching squad.  He is an avid cyclist with over 40 years of experience riding and working on bikes.  He is the team bike mechanic and handles a big portion of the cycling coaching.  He is a wonderful teacher with over 20 years of teaching experience.   He has taught many of the athletes on the team how to be skilled, efficient, fast and educated cyclist.   He is also an outstanding athlete having run cross country and track in high school and raced as an Expert Mountain Biker Racer here in South Florida.