Triathlete turned coach; Rockstar Ollie Garcia
Who knew when Ollie hired me 2.5 years ago for her 1st 70.3 that I would now be calling her coach.
She had signed up and never even completed a sprint triathlon.
We only had 3 months, but we got her across the line in her first triathlon 70.3 wanting more!
Not gonna lie, she was a bit stubborn at first. She liked to stay up late and race after only 1 hour of sleep. The nutrition quality was pretty low as well.
But, when she wasn’t getting the results she desired from just training hard, she started to incorporate little changes in nutrition and lifestyle and the results started coming.
She has been on the podium a few times in short course races now and ready to go longer.
She was my team mate for RAAM, with only a few weeks of training since one of our #4cyclists4kids broke their shoulder, she joined the team late and she did an amazing job.
So happy to call her my fellow team mate and proud she is now a Full Circle Coach!
She has been through the ropes of my program just as all my athletes have and she now knows what is possible when you follow the plan and tweak it to make it your own. Way to go Ollie!
13 at heart but chronologically 34.
USAT Level I, Triathlon Coach at Full Circle Coaching and an emergency room nurse.
What is your “A” race for this season?
Daytona Half Ironman
Please share your BIG goals: Tell me about your successes so far: 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:
Woah…. Badassery… Undeniably EPIC so far. Lol
Sooooo, I just finished RAAM! Race Across America, “The World’s Toughest Bike Race.” When I started this sport 1.5 years ago, little did I know I’d be cycling across America. “F*ck! Did I just do that… Yesssss!!
To be honest, I signed up to be support crew but manifested my way into being a cyclists for #4cyclists4kids pedaling to the finish line, and boy did I cross the finish line along with 3 of my peeps, all from @FullCircleCoaching who share the same passion as mine.
I was so excited but TERRIFIED when I got the official word I would be riding.
The what if’s… the I’m not good enough compared to others who’ve been doing this for years; Fudge monkeys I don’t know how to climb a damn mountain or descend one either… the doubts and fear of the unknown popped up in my mind.
However, throughout the time I’ve been part of Full Circle, I learned that it’s the norm for fears to pop up, but more importantly that there are so many ways and tools to fight or rather manage through them.
I couldn’t allow the fears to destroy my love for cycling and sight seeing the USA at its best!
Plus, I got to be part of something bigger; helping kiddos be placed in safe and loving homes with family.
It’s an opportunity for them to learn to manage trauma and any fear of abandonment or, just loss of self worth. I mean if I could help a kid gain a chance to find a way to love themselves and become who they want to become with the proper support, that to me is worth everything in this world.
That’s the thought that encouraged and helped me get through my training and the race itself.
Training for this race was completely different than the 70.3’s, Sprints, and Olympics I had competed in over the last year.
Yes, it was so epic being able to ride 100 miles, 7 days straight and just do over 70 miles every other day or so, before that.
I felt so much stronger and my body could handle the volume.
Time outside of training was minimal so I had to choose wisely how I spent it.
I made sure my nutrition was on point in order to do all of this and I had to invest in myself by eating as organically and clean as I could.
I had to make sure my on bike nutrition was flawless (Vitargo, Bodyhealth electrolytes, endless supply of organic baby food, salt tablets- no gels or bars.
Thank you Endurance Tap for the boost up the mountains and rolling hills in the middle of the night with the fireflies).
I had to find the proper rest when I could between training and work. When it was race time, my body was able to be on the go, go.
It wasn’t easy and the logistics of the race had its flaws that were beyond my control but I got to experience cycling and mother nature at its best while gaining so much confidence in my future.
This race has taught me that being WISE is way better than trying to hit the pedals to the max every damn time.
I was able to keep going when it was rough because I knew when I could push and when I had to pull back to be ready for the next challenge. Just like any race, the more you teach yourself that it’s OKAY to not be hitting your max full throttle THE WHOLE DAMN TIME and waiting to press the trigger, the more likely you’ll be able to PR, survive longer than your competitors and eventually pass them.
Endurance training is not like a SPRINT, but you can incorporate the sprint in the right moments with the proper fuel.
After the race, and a few weeks of recovery, I did my bike test and increased my FTP (Functional Threshold Power) from 176 to 188 and my new goal is to get over 200.
Funny thing is, I didn’t even train for speed or threshold for this race. All I did was ride mostly zone 2/3 over the weeks before the race and during, yet I still improved my watts.
Lets be real for a second, who doesn’t want to go 24 plus mph ALL THE DAMN TIME!? But I have learned that doesn’t equate to higher power numbers or better race results.
A few other things I have learned:
Riding in a group and drafting does not develop my own cycling power and skills. It’s a great addition to my training but it can’t be the only thing.
My other success is that I learned how to ride into the wind by holding higher RPMS with easier gears to produce more power and hold it (damn right) rather than struggling with my legs with a harder gear and lower RPMS
What I’ve noticed is that most people are scared when they see the WINDS MPH written on the weather channel app. They won’t go swim or bike, f*ck that, DIVE RIGHT IN! It actually isn’t as bad as it seems when you’re into the workout. If it is, there are tricks. I’ve learned to be mentally okay with cutting my session short because my MPH was lower than the normal but fuck… I’m faster than before with more confidence.
Also, I learned how to cope with the fear of being blown away or feeling the bike move under me. Deep breathing, reminding myself I am safe and in control. I know how to sit and where to add pressure to the bike if needed but never stop breathing deep! You too can do that guys (and girls), it’s not comfortable in the moment, but practice will make it so worth it.
Currently, I’m getting ready for Cozumel 70.3 and Daytona 70.3.
For Cozumel my main focus will be swim and bike.
Daytona will be a test for how I adapt in all 3 sports. I’ve been healing from a foot injury and have learned how to manage the stress it can take with the training.
I was hesitant in doing the races post RAAM, but the more I work on my strength and mobility (sometimes I’ll shorten my workout to do so) the more I realize it is possible.
Name 2 or 3 things that have made the biggest difference in your journey:
- Clean Nutrition and SLEEP!
- Working on my self worth/ confidence.
- DRILLS! Holy crap, if it weren’t for them I think I wouldn’t have improved my swimming in such a short time. Running; the drills and form is what got me back to running with no issue on top of the strength work. That’s why I can run more effectively and still be pretty fast with the lack of training I had. For Cycling; those one legged drills (I’VE SLACKED ON THEM and I tried it out this week and I already see a difference. Kind of excited to see how much stronger I can get doing the drills for not too long during my workouts)!
What excites you the most about being involved in triathlon?
Being able to defy limits.
What would you say to another person who was on the fence about joining our training program?
I’m a coach at Full Circle, but I started off as a beginner triathlete.
I loved it so much I wanted more.
I have learned and now teach that at Full Circle Coaching it’s more than just getting a workout plan.
It’s pretty cool to have others who share the same passion as you, surround you and help keep you accountable.
We focus on technique and form, and science based training.
Most of our athletes PR consistently and that’s the key, getting better and better and continuing to grow and improve.
We actually care as coaches and we always want to see you improve across every finish line, not just crossing ONE FINISH LINE.
We coach our athletes, but we also train and race, so we teach what we learn ourselves and include that with more education and personal experience for you.
That’s more important than just a certification and teaching you stuff because it’s in a book. We keep it real for you.
So YEAH! If you’re wanting to push through your doubts and fears, gain confidence, cross a finish line or 5, PR at your next race or just chill with the Tribe and have funskiez… JOIN US!
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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.