Meet Jonathan Mayer, Full Circle Coaching Rockstar Triathlete
Profession: Investment Banker
Why you chose FCC to help you on your triathlon/health and wellness journey? I needed a holistic approach to training and better help and I loved Coach Erinne’s approach and I loved the family environment when I met the coaches and athletes. I have fun being around everyone involved with Full Circle.
What is your “A” race for this season? Las Olas Sprint with my older daughter (we do an annual Sprint) and the Trilogy.
Please share your BIG goals: Finish a 70.3! Tell me about your successes so far: Getting stronger and healthier this year has been a success in its own right. I learned from Erinne to focus on core health and build up strength. I’m slowly doing that and feel better when I work out. I was also pleased to have a great swim in the Miami 70.3 and felt great accomplishment, even though I didn’t finish the race this year.
What were some of your biggest Improvements in performance for the each of the following?
Swim: While still strengthening, had my best ocean swim in the Swim Miami Beach over the summer.
Bike: My pace and strength have increased. I have a higher ceiling, but my distances are extending without laboring toward the end.
Run: I have been able to extend the distance of my weekly runs without pain — a big challenge before I joined Full Circle!
Nutrition/Health: After dealing with stomach issues and cramping, my diet modifications and increased stretching have improved my health and flexibility this year. I’ll continue these efforts.
Please include any Personal Records and Goals achieved.
Name 2 or 3 things that have made the biggest difference in your journey: Better nutrition (including more all-natural ingredients and supplements), strength training and stretching have all led to growth this year).
What excites you the most about being involved in triathlon? In 2011, I was hit by a car while on a long bike ride. After several surgeries, a doctor told me I would not be able to raise my left arm above my shoulder. I started rehabbing in 2012 and completed my first triathlon in 2013 with my 12-year old daughter. I was hooked by the knowledge that training allowed me to overcome medical adversity, by the ability to push myself further, and to be in an environment of physical and mental health. I am training every day, even if I have to fit it in around car pool drop off or work. I love knowing that I’m getting a little faster and stronger every day. And I love that it is not work, but it’s just fun and rewarding.
What would you say to another person who was on the fence about joining our training program? Being involved with Full Circle coaches and athletes enables personal physical and spiritual growth in an environment that is fun, supportive and long term. You don’t have to be an IronMan to be a Full Circle Rock Star. It’s the best place to get stronger and enjoy the experience.
Coach Erinne’s Notes:
Jon came to me with a big dream of doing a Half Ironman and he had a few special considerations. He was in pain when he ran after a serious bike accident and he had diabetes. We started with a strength and nutritional evaluation before starting any serious endurance training. We switched out a lot of the high sugar sports nutrition and used real food to help stabilize his blood sugar before, during and after training. The strength and stretching allowed Jon to get out of pain and build a solid foundation to start building his endurance. Although he did not cross the finish line at the race, he has had some huge wins in the form of health and wellness, which I feel is a better jumping off point. The goal is now even more within reach- he will get there soon I am certain- Way to go Jonathan- you are a true Full Circle Rockstar!
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