Meet Carolina Calderon, Full Circle Coaching Rockstar Triathlete
Profession: Nuage Designs
Why you chose FCC to help you on your triathlon/health and wellness journey? I met Erinne 3 years ago during a race clinic ( I was doing the swim part of a relay) and really liked her style of coaching. I had never done a full triathlon before. I was afraid of riding bikes so I really needed someone to guide me all the way.
What is your “A” race for this season? Augusta 70.3- Sept 2016
Please share your BIG goals: Be able to finish a 70.3 distance …. and I DID!!!!
Tell me about your successes so far: The road to success started with my mind first, then my body. I had to switch to an “I CAN and I WILL” mindset first and overcome the fear of riding bikes. For me success was to learn how to ride a bike clipped in, and run more than 2 miles without stopping or walking. Coach Erinne’s and her assistant cycling coach Dennis’ dedication are part of this success. I have to thank them for SOOOOO much. They really took me under their wings and pushed me always further than I ever thought possible.
What were some of your biggest improvements in performance for the each of the following?
Swim: More efficient and powerful without wasting so much energy. That is a work in progress but I have reduced my time in the 400 and 200 test by 1 minute each.
Bike: CONFIDENCE!!! I have gained confidence and that has helped me concentrate on my strength and speed. The Ultimate Triathlon Camp in Clermont really made a big difference!
Run: I was able to run a 5k in just under 31 min. I have improved on my run form and endurance.
Nutrition/Health: I have lost 12lb since December 2015 and feel stronger than ever.
Please include any Personal Records and Goals achieved: Just finished my first 70.3 race!!!!
I also PR’d in my last 5K. I feel healthier and stronger.
Name 2 or 3 things that have made the biggest difference in your journey:
* My fellow FCC athletes, without their friendship, encouraging words and positive attitude this journey would not have been possible at all.
* Coaches knowledge and dedication, knowing they are always there for me, always pushing my limits and showing me the right way of doing things.
* Attending the Ultimate Triathlon Camp in Clermont, FL. My bike skills improved from not knowing how to ride to be able to ride 50 miles on the rolling hills and keep up with the group.
What excites you the most about being involved in triathlon? That it has 3 disciplines, which makes it entertaining and more challenging. Every day is something different, it really excites me to see how my body adapts to changes.
What would you say to another person who was on the fence about joining our training program?
Don’t think twice…. The only risk you take is that you might never want to stop.
Coach Erinne’s Notes:
Carolina is a tried and true Rockstar Triathlete. She is a mom and wife and works hard at her job but still made the commitment to achieve her dreams of doing a 70.3. She did not believe that I could create a program that would fit into her life, but we did and she hit 80% of the training to accomplish this awesome goal. She overcame some major fears on the bike and worked through a few injuries to get to success. Super proud of you Carolina- this is not the end- only the beginning!! ROCK ON GIRL!!!!!!!!
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