Rockstar Triathlete Matthew Humphrey
When I met Matt for our first swim lesson he had very little experience swimming, biking or running and told me about the bet with his brother to race an Olympic distance triathlon. Of course I wanted to help him to win against his brother! Little did I know how competitive he would be. I normally recommend a few sprints before an Olympic and a few Olympics before a 70.3, but not with Matt- He is leap frogging up the race distance ladder and actually doing great! After a few important lessons about slowly progressing in the speed work and bike handling skills- He is a true Rockstar Triathlete. Super inspired by your will to challenge yourself and keep striving for more- Let’s pick that Ironman and get to work. Thanks for choosing Full Circle for your journey!
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Why you chose FCC to help you on your triathlon/health and wellness journey? Initially, I didn’t know training groups like FCC existed for triathlons. In what started as a challenge from my brother, we decided to attempt an olympic triathlon. I met up with Erinne to get a swim lesson and she told me a little bit about the team and what she offered. Realizing how little I knew and how far I had to go, I jumped at the opportunity.
What is your “A” race for this season? I just completed my “A” race for this season, Augusta 70.3
Please share your BIG goals: First and foremost, my goal has always been to be consistent with training. The ultimate goal is to complete a full distance Ironman. I just signed up for Ironman Texas this morning! 🙂
Tell me about your successes so far: I completed three races this year, all of which were first time accomplishments. A sprint, an olympic, and a 70.3.
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: I went from not being able to swim 200m to becoming a very comfortable swimmer.
Run: On my first mile test I couldn’t finish it without walking. I told Erinne I was never going to be a good runner because I had too much pain in my knees and feet. Two weeks ago I ran a 7 minute mile. Pain FREE!
Bike: I successfully survived my first bike crash 🙂 with no broken bones!
Name 2 or 3 things that have made the biggest difference in your journey:
1. Erinne and her coaching have definitely been the biggest difference maker in my journey. Not only hearing the “what” but the “why” has made me feel super comfortable in my training.
2. Getting the chance to race with Kerry Gruson. I highly recommend participating in one of the relay races with her. She has an amazing outlook and the energy you feel during the race is contagious. I thought of her often during my Augusta 70.3.
3. My support system. Having my brother to race against and my fiancee to support me at home has made all he difference. Anyone in this sport knows that it’s not just you making huge lifestyle changes and sacrifices.
What excites you the most about being involved in triathlon?
Most of all, I love that your goals should be constantly changing and evolving. I love that you have to be honest with yourself about your training because once you get out on the course it matters. Lastly, I love the camaraderie of the training and watching other people accomplish their own goals.
What would you say to another person who was on the fence about joining our training program?
Kerry Gruson has a great quote, “Without a recipient, there can be no giving; so I don’t see needing and asking for help as implying weakness. Receiving with grace is as crucial and honorable as giving.” Letting someone help you with your journey makes it more special, not less.
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: http://www.scheduleyou.in/5ZIsVaU
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.