Rockstar Triathlete: John Hourihan – It Wasn’t a Good Fit

Coach’s Notes:

John, Your results speak for themselves.  So very proud of your commitment to the process and trusting me with your return to triathlon and you did amazing. With only one, little setback while doing speed work a little faster than planned, you recovered well and never looked back.  Picking one of the hardest 70.3’s there is as a comeback race is no joke.  I can’t wait to help you on that PR for next year 2019!  No more sitting on the couch;  Way to go Rockstar John Hourihan!

Age: 63

Profession: Founder & Managing Partner of Private Equity firm.

Why you chose FCC to help you on your triathlon/health and wellness journey?  Was looking for a local coach and trainer or group in Miami to help me get off the couch in June and back to a fitness regimen. I had heard about Full Circle Coaching and thought it would a good fit. It wasn’t… “It was a PERFECT fit!”

What is your “A” race for this season?  My A race was St. Croix International 70.3 Triathlon on December 2nd, 2018

Please share your BIG goals:  When I started with FC in June I as 204 lbs, longest run was 4 miles . I had not been on my bike of over a year and swimming was just leisurely laps. Also, 2018 marked the 10 year anniversary of having a bone marrow transplant for recurrent lymphoma.

In 1988, 30 years ago I participated in the 1st St. Croix Triathlon. As a resident of the USVI I wanted to support this iconic race as both a competitor and sponsor.

My goals were: 1) get healthy, 2) commit to a six month training/nutrition plan and 3) finish the race within the time limit and still standing/breathing and 4) be a sponsor to “rebuild” our St. Croix race on its 30th anniversary and importantly after 2 Cat 5 hurricanes hit the Virgin Islands in 2017 with proceeds to benefit local charities.

Tell me about your successes so far:

Mission accomplished! On December 2nd I weighed in at 182 ( 22 lb loss on my 6’2” frame) , finished 2nd place in my age group (7:01:49) and importantly my sponsorship contributed in providing $30,000 to local charities.

What were some of your biggest Improvements in performance for the each of the following? Swim: Bike: Run: Nutrition/Health: Please include any Personal Records and Goals achieved:

Swim: While I had a swimming background in college 41 years ago, the structured pool workouts with other FC tribe members helped push me. Also, Erinne’s focus on technique and flexibility helped a lot.

Bike: Improved strength and really tuned into RPE and corresponding cadence which all translated into more power.

Run: My weakest discipline but with weight loss and better technique, I had  huge endurance gains made so 12 mile training runs were not frightening anymore.

Nutrition: Huge improvement as evidenced by weight loss and performance at the St. Croix race. I’m now a big believer in Perfect Aminos, lo-carb and “greening” each meal.

Name 2 or 3 things that have made the biggest difference in your journey:
1. Commitment to the plan and process.

2. The support of Coaches Erinne, Dennis , Dani and all the new friends I have met through training with FC…”the tribe”!

3. Of course, support from my wife, Olga !!!

What excites you the most about being involved in triathlon?  A wonderful community of dedicated athletes .

What would you say to another person who was on the fence about joining our training program?  Just do it…it works!

P.S.  This could be you!  If you are interested in learning more about Full Circle Coaching, call us at 786-586-6057 today or click this link to schedule a complimentary triathlon strategy call:

Erinne Guthrie is a USA Triathlon Level II Certified Coach since 1999 and Chief Motivating Officer at Full Circle Coaching, LLC since 2010. She has been training, racing and coaching triathletes since 1997.  She is also a CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 3, USMS Level 2 Master’s Swim Coach, competed in both Sprint Draft Legal short course and ITU Long Course World Championships on Team USA 2016 and 2018, 150+ triathlon, Motivational Speaker, Mom and much much more.

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