Interview with a Rockstar Triathlete: Urs Brunner

Rockstar Triathlete; Urs Brunner

Coaches Notes: So very proud of Urs for his dedication to triathlon training remotely with Full Circle. It’s not easy staying motivated training on your own. If it’s important to you and you lean into the support we provide, you get what you need!

His successes over the past 6 months, prove that even though he is not a local Miami triathlete, the training plan, weekly coach calls, and support from the Full Circle Tribe can all be felt and big dreams can be realized.

Working together through an injury with modified training plans and strength exercises and shoe changes you were able to become the fittest strongest version of yourself to cross the finish line in your very 1st 70.3 Augusta.

Your race photos are amazing; you can see the smile and feel the joy and energy despite the heat with a race delay.

Way to show up for yourself, proving age is just a number and you can get faster with the right program and support!

Whoop Whoop! Can’t wait to see what’s next on your Triathlon Journey and thanks so much for letting Full Circle Coaching be your guide!

WATCH OUR LIVE INTERVIEW; Urs Brunner Journey to Augusta 70.3, 2021:

Age: Just turned 60 years old.
Profession: Executive Coach and Consultant

Why you chose FCC to help you on your triathlon/health and wellness journey? I love the body, mind and soul approach and I love the tribe feeling. There is also great energy being a part of Full Circle and the coaches are fantastic, even for a remote athlete, like myself.

What is your “A” race for this season? My “A” race was the Ironman 70.3 in Augusta. I have never done an IM distance and I wanted to challenge myself as I turned 60.

Please share your BIG goals: First of all, I really wanted to be called an Ironman. The idea of doing such a long race was daunting and I knew it would require a lot of dedication. In February of this year, I made the decision that when I turned 60 in September, I would complete my first IM, so I signed up for Augusta for the September 26, 2021 race.

Tell me about your successes so far: I have been in and out of triathlon over the past 20 years. My biggest success probably is my overall fitness. I am faster at 60 than I was at 40. Just this year, I ran my PB for the half marathon and my 1-mile test never has been faster. I would also say that one of my big successes is my overall mental and physical health which I attribute to the structured training program and all the support from the coaching staff.

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 am particularly proud of my ability to swim non-stop for the full IM 70.3 distance and I gradually increased my 800 and 400 test times.

BIKE – I invested in a aero triathlon bike and that increased my speed. I am now able to bike faster, at higher cadence with lower heart rate.

RUN – the run has always been my challenge but with the strength and interval training, I am now able to run off the bike much more comfortably and sustain a good run pace for a longer duration.

Nutrition – especially race nutrition was a big focus leading up to my IM 70.3. The guidance from the coaches was invaluable and I made a lot of adjustments, especially on the bike portion.

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

1. The support and encouragement from the FC tribe and my family really had a great impact on me. They helped me through the training phase and especially during the actual race.

2. I had to overcome an achilles injury that limited my running early in my training. After physical therapy, running shoe changes and specific exercises from the coaches, I slowly recovered and I am now pain free.

3. I have committed my time to the training. Especially leading up to the “A” race, the training hours increased and I made a commitment that I would give it my full attention. This included time dedication and also lifestyle choices such as no more happy hour drinks!

What excites you the most about being involved in triathlon? I love the variety and technicality of this sport. Also, it is a sport that requires a degree of dedication and commitment and that fits my personality really well. Finally, this sport is challenging and I love that aspect. Achieving my daily training goals or race goals, gives me the motivation to stay active!

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

Just do it! Face your fears and be bold. At the beginning, it might seem scary to think of swim, bike and run all in one race. But you start slow and you build up. The structured program at Full Circle Coaching will guide you along your path and support you all the way.

Curious about Full Circle’s Triathlon Transformation program?  You too can become a triathlete!  Click this link: to schedule your FREE Triathlon Breakthrough Session and let’s do it!

Erinne Guthrie is a USA Triathlon Level II Certified Coach since 1999 and Chief Motivating Officer at Full Circle Coaching, LLC since 2010. Creator of the 16 week Triathlon Transformation. 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, Mermaid and much much more.


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