Rockstar Triathlete Liz Rodriguez

Rockstar Triathlete Liz Rodriguez

Coaches Notes: Liz was a complete newbie to triathlon. Having never swam or run much and a little biking we had to start from scratch. As is the case with people new to the sport, the excitement can take over and they end up doing too much too fast too soon and have a little injury or set back, which is exactly what happened. Shin splints, UGH! O.K. dial it back on running get stronger swimming and biking while we strengthen the legs and core to be able to handle the stress of running. I have a great protocol for this and although it takes time it works! She was able to finish not only 1 but 2 triathlon runs with good bikes. The swim for someone who is brand new can take time and this is not what an excited triathlete wants to hear. I have a system to get adults swimming in triathlon as fast as possible but you must do the work. Liz is getting better every race after she chose to believe she could do it. That was really the biggest deciding factor and again we used some Tapping or Emotional Freedom Technique to help build her confidence and get her out there. Way to go Liz, just the beginning for your triathlon dreams! You are going to KILL IT BADASS!!!!!

Age: 32
Profession: CPA – Sr. Tax Accountant at Bacardi

Why you chose FCC to help you on your triathlon/health and wellness journey? 
FCC (Erinne Guthrie) was recommended to me by a coworker. The very next day, coach Erinne and I had our first call. I felt she understood what Iwanted and knew how to get me there. The following week I started the trial period and have been with FCC ever since.

What is your “A” race for this season? 
My “A” race will be Escape to Miami Olympic distance triathlon in September. For now I’m focusing on the sprint, but if my endurance has improved by then, I might sign up for the international. We shall see.

Please share your BIG goals: 
My main focus is to get stronger, faster and wiser with each race. I want to push myself to see how far I can go so I can look back in a year and seehow far I’ve come alongI want to look at my performance and think to myself “Damn, you’re a badass…you killed it!” Throughout this training season I’ve realized I am my only limit.

Tell me about your successes so far: 
The biggest success I’ve had this far is completing my first triathlon. The Mighty Mujer Triathlon was an excellent choice. It was the perfect race to kick off this tri-season.

What were some of your biggest Improvements in performance for each of the following? Swim: Bike: Run: Nutrition/Health: Please include any Personal Records and Goals achieved:
Swim: I still struggle with the swim. This is going to be my main focus this summer. On a positive note, even though I’m not a great swimmer, I know I can make it out of the water and still have the energy to finish the race!

Bike: This is where I get to redeem myself!!! Throughout the training season I’ve gotten stronger and faster on the bike. In the MMT, I was able to ride 10 miles in 30:50. Going forward I’d like to bring that time to under 30 minutes. Given I’ve only been riding for 3 months, I’m confident I can improve this skill as time passes.  

Run: There is a lot of room for improvement in my run however, it’s a much slower progress since I have to manage training with shin splints. With Erinne’s guidance I’ve learned to listen to my body and determine when to push and when to pull back.

Name 2 or 3 things that have made the biggest difference in your journey:
1. Learning what a mantra is and how to use it!! It honestly gets me through those moments when I just want to stop.

2. Accepting my main goal for my first races should be to complete them rather than to have record breaking time. It’s allowed me to focus on the quality of my performance and identify areas that I need to work on.

3. Form! Form in my swim, form on the bike and form in the run. Being conscious of my body posture, my form, and technique have made a big difference in each discipline.

What excites you the most about being involved in triathlon?  
Bragging Rights!!!! I’ve wanted to train for a triathlon for several years and I’m finally doing it. This has been a dream come true for me. Anytime I’m not 100% in, I think back to this quote – “A dream doesn’t become a reality through magic; it takes, sweat, determination and hard work.” Success won’t happen on it’s own, I have to make it happen!

What would you say to another person who was on the fence about joining our training program? 
I would say without a shadow of a doubt to give it a try! I could have gone online and printed a training schedule from some random website. I chose to test the waters with Full Circle Coaching. If I hadn’t joined the team, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Being on this team has kept me accountable, committed, and truly motivated. The energy and positive vibes in this group drive you to want to do your best every single time. Even those days you aren’t at your best, the team comes in with positive reinforcements and picks up your morale. The Coaches are amazing! So knowledgeable, friendly, and always willing and available to help you be the best athlete you can be. They truly care about you! I’m proud to say I belong to the Full Circle Family!!!!

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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