Emma Briggs


Assistant Coach

Current Location:  Folsom, California

Hometown:  London, England

Education:  Masters degree in Math from the University of Warwick, UK

A Little About Emma

Emma has been immersed in the sport of triathlon for over ten years, competing in races of all distances from sprint to IRONMAN, including both IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships. She is an avid student of the sport and loves to help other athletes to achieve their goals and push their limits. Alongside coaching, Emma runs a triathlon travel company, Endurance Explorers. Before diving full-time into the endurance sports world, Emma worked for the British Government in a number of management positions, most recently at the British Consulate in Chicago.

Coaching Experience

  • 2018 - Present:  Purple Patch Assistant Coach

  • Several years experience coaching athletes of all abilities from complete beginners to Kona qualifiers mostly through Chicago Tri Club and Sacramento Tri Club.

Athletic Highlights and Interests

  • Two-time Kona qualifier/finisher

  • 70.3 and Xterra Worlds qualifier

  • Five-time finisher of the American Birkebeiner

  • Haute Route finisher (Alpe d'Huez 2017)

Why Purple Patch Fitness?

"I love helping others to achieve their goals and to enjoy the triathlon lifestyle/journey. I have bought into Matt's philosophies across the Four Pillars of Performance for many years. Self-coached to IM success using his first book. Big supporter of more swimming, shorter long runs, and keeping things fun."

Did You Know?

"In my previous life, I was a British diplomat based at the British Consulate in Chicago. Also previously worked as a Chief of Staff equivalent to a British Government Minister. Co-founder/owner of Endurance Explorers, a small triathlon travel company with husband Kyle."

Support Crew

"My husband, Kyle, is a Battalion Chief at San Rafael Fire Department. #1 training partner, travel buddy, and IRONMAN sherpa. He is also Head Chef of our household and business!"

Kim Kisslo