Rockstar Triathlete, Monica T. Burns

Rockstar Triathlete, Monica T. Burns

Coaches Notes: Monica is an experienced triathlete that came to me originally to help with energy and fatigue from training for long course triathlon.  She had another coach and was putting in the time training but lacking energy and not getting any faster.  We started with a full nutrition and lifestyle analysis.  After 3 months on the new nutrition and supplement program that I suggested she started getting her energy back and feeling stronger. 

We used a combination of healing foods, essential oils and whole food supplements to help her. Yet, she still was not getting any faster and frustrated because the training wasn’t allowing her to reach her true potential.  She then decided to sign on for the full VIP package with me which included video analysis in swim and run and metabolic testing in all 3 sports as well as some functional strength training.  As a talented physical therapist she is very knowledgeable but everyone can benefit from a video analysis.  Video doesn’t lie.  We were able to identify some critical form pieces that were preventing her from reaching her goals. The testing allowed us to use heart rate, pacing and power to train the energy systems she needed to get faster without guessing at how hard she was working.  It’s not rocket science and giving these numbers energy and attention during training sessions helped build her confidence to be able to swim, bike and run faster and stronger than she ever has before. 

All of this along with some mental skills and reprogramming from past negative race events using “Tapping” has allowed her to become a more confident and balanced triathlete. 

I am so happy Monica that you trusted me with your journey and the rewards have been amazing. It’s only be been 5 months!!! I cannot wait to see your future epic improvements! Super Proud of you! – Coach Erinne Guthrie

Age: 42

Profession: Physical Therapist

Why you chose FCC to help you on your triathlon/health and wellness journey?  I chose FCC because Coach Erinne brings a holistic approach to her coaching.  Triathlon is a lot more than a sport, it translates to all other areas of life.  A holistic and well-balanced approach to training is key.

What is your “A” race for this season?
My “A” race this season was ITU World Championship Age Group Long Distance in Pontevedra, Spain.

Please share your BIG goals:
My goals include constantly improving my skills in maintaining a healthy balance in life, to constantly improve on my triathlon skills, and to hopefully inspire others to be a better version of themselves in the process.

Tell me about your successes so far:
Qualifying for ITU Worlds was a big success for me.  Racing it and conquering the cold water (57F) after experiencing hypothermia last year, was an enormous personal success.  It took a lot of mental grit to accomplish that swim and many many many hours swimming to improve technique and efficiency.  It has been a huge breakthrough to overcome the fear of cold swims and swim panic too.

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:

I have improved my ability to “run”, in order to actually be able to run an entire long course leg and do it with a negative split.  Swimming efficiently and confidently has been a game changer.  Zone training on the bike has been a huge gain as well.  Learning to respect training and racing zones to reap benefits up ahead has been a big improvement.

Name 2 or 3 things that have made the biggest difference in your journey: 
1.  Nutrition improvements during training, racing and day to day.

2. Swim efficiency gains.

3. Mental skills.

What excites you the most about being involved in triathlon?
In triathlon I am able to explore my limits, to overcome and push boundaries and achieve goals that I once believed where unattainable.  The lessons learned while training and racing transfer to other aspects of my life, and I fell in love with that journey.

What would you say to another person who was on the fence about joining our training program?

Don’t be afraid to fail, be afraid NOT TO TRY.

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, Member of Team USA and Competed in over 150 races.  She is also a CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 3, USMS Level 2 Master’s Swim Coach, Metabolic Efficiency Expert and Motivational Speaker, Mom,  and much much more.

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