Rockstar Triathlete Ben Carter
Coach’s Notes: Ben is a person that takes the information given to him and directly applies it and reaches the desired outcome. He has a busy life as a husband, dog dad and lawyer. I never once heard an excuse come out of his mouth for not hitting the training and his results speak for themselves.
He was already a short course triathlete for a few years, so we evaluated his form in the swim, and run and dialed in his bike fit. Then checked out his nutrition to be sure he had the fueling necessary to achieve the goal of going longer for his first 70.3. This is all part of the Triathlon Transformation program.
Of course, I asked him to get in at least one, short course distance triathlon and yes he killed it! Getting 1st place on the podium for the first time in a sprint. And then pushing hard on the Miami Man International Triathlon- Fast before Far.
I knew he would be ready to achieve his goal at 70.3 and he hit his goal time almost to the minute! Ironman Florida 70.3 in Haines City , 5:30:51! Pretty awesome for his first 70.3 ever.
Way to go Ben! Looking forward to an even more EPIC 2022-
You are a Rockstar Triathlete!
Why you chose FCC to help you on your triathlon/health and wellness journey?
I had heard Coach Erinne speak at pre-race briefings for a few local races, and had been getting her emails for a while, so I knew she really knew what she was talking about.
So it was only natural that she came to mind when I decided to get more serious about training and start working with a coach.
But what sold me was the personal attention and the holistic approach to training, going beyond simply what workouts to do and when, to personalized feedback and tips, video analysis, bike fitting, nutrition planning, training-life balance, etc.
And, it helped that everyone was super friendly when I came to my first few group workouts during my trial!
What is your “A” race for this season? It was the Ironman 70.3 in Haines City on December 12, 2021. When I pulled the trigger and signed up for the race, I knew I needed to find some help to get me there, not just able to finish the race, but able to push myself and meet my goal time.
I had completed a handful of sprint and international distance races, but knew I wanted to go longer and really challenge myself. And I definitely found that in the 70.3 distance.
It was more challenging than any other race I’ve done, including full marathons, but thanks to the support and guidance I’ve gotten from Full Circle I was able to finish in my goal time of five and a half hours.
For 2022 my A-race will probably be the Miami Man 70.3.
Please share your BIG goals:
(1) complete one 70.3 distance race each year;
(2) get on the podium in an international distance triathlon;
(3) run a half marathon in under 1:40.
Tell me about your successes so far:
In terms of performances – Finishing my first 70.3 race and knowing I left it all out on the course;
Winning my age group and being on the podium for the first time at the Bill Bone Tropical Triathlon in October;
Running a personal best 10k to finish the Miami Man international triathlon in November.
But more generally, the big success has been committing to the training, making the necessary lifestyle changes to align with my goals, and sticking with it when I felt my focus and motivation slipping.
What were some of your biggest Improvements in performance for the each of the following? Swim, Bike, Run, and Nutrition/Health. Please include any Personal Records and Goals achieved:
For swimming, my biggest improvement has been in my form. I swam competitively from a very young age through high school, so I was already comfortable in the water, but my form had gotten a little sloppy. The coaches helped me clean that up, and I’ve also become much more comfortable and proficient at open water swimming.
On the bike, the biggest improvement has been the ability to go longer at higher power. I’ve never been faster.
On the run it has been both form and speed. The coaches helped me identify some flaws in my form, and while I’m still working on correcting them, my run fitness has never been better.
Nutrition is an area I need to focus more on going forward, but I’ve learned a lot about how to use supplements to my advantage, and be more strategic with my race nutrition.
Name 2 or 3 things that have made the biggest difference in your journey:
- The guidance and support from the Full Circle Coaches and encouragement from my fellow FC athletes
- The accountability of group training
- Remembering and visualizing my goals when I need some motivation
What excites you the most about being involved in triathlon?
The challenge of combining three disciplines into one event.
What would you say to another person who was on the fence about joining our training program?
Whether you are a seasoned triathlete or a beginner you can find a home here. Everyone is welcoming and supportive, and truly cares about helping you improve and achieve your goals.
The coaches will guide you and challenge you, whatever your skill level, and the other athletes will encourage you. And the more you put in, the more you will get out of it!
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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 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.