Rockstar Triathlete; Monica Rizo

Rockstar Triathlete; Monica Rizo

Coach’s Notes: Due to Covid I had to be creative with my online coaching and get my athletes what they needed virtually. When I offered my first online only coaching program (The 8 week Sprint Triathlon Finish line Program) Monica jumped in and we were able to get her what she needed until we could meet. I’m so impressed with her accomplishments and to be committed even when she can’t make it to class, she does her online training on her own. The weekly Zoom calls helped her be able to improve in all 3 sports. Monica congratulations on all your accomplishments, but this is just the beginning! I’m looking forward to what’s next. Another podium, Olympic triathlon and maybe even a half IM!!! Lets do it girl!!!

Age: 55

Profession: Office/HR Manager

Why you chose FCC to help you on your triathlon/health and wellness journey?

In 2018, a friend convinced me to do the Huntington Disease Sprint Duathlon with her, for fun, and that is where I met Erinne, when she was giving the Pre-race Clinic. After that race I was dabbling with the idea of someday doing a Triathlon, but my biggest fear was the swimming portion with the big crowds of swimmers. I followed coach Erinne and FCC in social media and loved the fact that her methods were so comprehensive and with a holistic approach.

May of this year, Erinne offered a Q&A Webinar about Virtual Triathlon Training so, I decided to register. I was in a rut at the time not wanting to get up in the mornings to exercise nor go running. After listening to Erinne and all the testimonials (especially Vicki Koller’s) I decided to bite the bullet and give it a try…..and I loved it!!!

What is your “A” race for this season?

The Mack Cycle Trilogy races and Escape to Miami. For now I’m focusing on the Sprint races, but want to work on improving my endurance in all 3 disciplines in order to do an Olympic distance.

Please share your BIG goals:

Improve my running skills in order to run a Half and Full Marathon without having to take walk breaks. Someday do a half Ironman (not sure which one yet, nor when).

Tell me about your successes so far:

Completed my first Sprint Triathlon, and the cherry on top was that I podiumed, 3rd place in my age group……even with a horrible run! I’m still a work in progress, but I feel stronger and see the improvements.

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: First and foremost, being able to do an open water swim around a group of swimmers with waves and currents. I believe my swim form has improved, therefore gliding better through the water. Working on endurance and speed.

Bike: I started riding my bike again last year, but with FCC I have been learning a lot on the use and selection of the proper gears, cadence, drafting correctly, etc. Working on endurance and speed.

Run: I had a high heart rate in running when I started with FCC, but with speed and strength training, learning how to change my cadence, and pacing myself have helped me tremendously.

Nutrition/Health: Learning how to make better choices before, during and after a workout.

Name 2 or 3 things that have made the biggest difference in your journey:

1. The mentorship and wealth of information that Coach Erinne and her team of coaches offer. Erinne really cares about her athletes and always makes herself available to all of them no matter the question you may have.

2. Meeting new people and training with an awesome tribe that I’ve met through Full Circle. They’ve been so welcoming, supportive, kind and so much fun to be around.

3. Having a training plan that is fit for me and consistency in the training.

What excites you the most about being involved in triathlon?

I love being able to challenge myself and see improvements. There is nothing like getting to the finish line and knowing that you made it! It is also great to be part of a group of people that share the same passion and are nothing but supportive and encouraging to one another.

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

Try it, you have nothing to lose, only gain. You’ll gain a great experience, the tools and knowledge for a healthy, active life and the camaraderie. It has been one of the best decisions I’ve made.


If you are interested in learning more about Full Circle Coaching, call/text us at 786-586-6057 today or better yet, click this link: to schedule your FREE Triathlon Breakthrough Session. This is a complimentary 30 minute session to ask me anything about triathlon, health and wellness or holistic lifestyle/ nutrition.

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 Master’s Swim Coach, Motivational Speaker, Metabolic Efficiency Specialist, Mom and much much more.


  • George Reeves Posted September 11, 2020 3:29 pm

    Monica, we’re all very proud of you and the Reeves family will always support and enjoy your progress with you and your family

  • Egon Posted September 11, 2020 7:40 pm

    we, your parents, are very proud of you.yet a little concerned that you might overdo it and do not realize your limitations. Nevertheless keep on doing what you love to do
    stay healthy. Love Dad and Mom

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