Daring Triathlete Eric Goldman Swims With Sharks To Escape From Alcatraz
Eric reached out after discovering he won the lottery for an entry into the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. Now, that is a very challenging race course in so many ways: Jumping off a barge into the ice-cold shark-ridden waters of San Fransisco Bay, the steep climbs on the bike and run, and the sand ladder on the run- It can be intimidating to think about.
Eric was a 100% yes on accepting this challenge and I’m so grateful he chose Full Circle Coaching and my Triathlon Transformation training program for the journey.
We got right to work making some lifestyle changes to perform and handle the training. Video analysis on the swim and run, along with a professional bike fit with Coach Dennis, and some equipment upgrades to make training more enjoyable were all included in the process.
Eric was so coachable and eager to learn, and I was blown away at how quickly his skills in everything improved, and I have the before and after video to prove it! He improved his swim technique and speed, bike power, and skill for climbing, and ran faster and stronger with less walking.
We practiced all his new swim, bike, and run skills in a sprint race and then an olympic race, which were both PR’s, on the way to ALcatraz.
He also joined us last minute at our 6-day Ultimate Tri Camp at the end of February, which helped him quickly improve into a better athlete.
Check out Eric’s comments below……. He did it! The entire tribe is so incredibly proud of you, Eric! You are genuinely a Rockstar Triathlete. I hope you consider maintaining the triathlon lifestyle- Way to go; super proud of you!
What is your age?
What is your profession?:
Water Sales and Sports League Owner (Ultimate Frisbee)
Why did you choose FCC to help you on your triathlon/health and wellness journey?
Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon was a bucket list event for me for more than ten years. I had done a few Olympic and sprint triathlons while training myself with no knowledge. I had a major panic attack on the last one before the swim started. I was able to complete that race but swore off triathlons forever after that.
Or so I thought…… Then came the email that I had finally won the lottery for The Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, and I knew I just had to do it!
I was in a very serious depression and it must have been a sign to get my ass back into life and what better way to do it than training for a ridiculously difficult triathlon!
I knew I needed help for this one, and after one call with Erinne, I knew I was in the right hands! Erinne was super friendly, knowledgeable, and reassuring that I could get to the place I needed to be to slay that dragon in less than five months.
What was your “A” race for this season?
Escape from Alcatraz
What are your BIG goals?
To see the whole picture of life and charge through any obstacles that come my way!
Tell me about your successes so far!
In three races (including Alcatraz), under the tutelage of FCC I have set two PR’s and conquered my main objective. In Alcatraz, I was so prepared I was able to complete the course without stopping and felt so strong the whole race. I was able to overcome all setbacks that presented themselves in the race without being overwhelmed by them. I took them with a grain of salt and kept moving forward towards my goal. A lesson I will take with me EVERYWHERE!
What were some of your most significant improvements in performance for each of the following?
Swimming. I had no idea I didn’t know how to swim. During Alcatraz, the current was super strong. We all swam way more than we were supposed to. I ended up swimming 3 miles when 1.5 would have sufficed, Lol. I had no idea I swam that much until I looked at my watch. I still felt super strong and could have swum more. I guess I know now an Ironman swim is no big deal!
Name 2 or 3 things that have made the biggest difference in your journey:
- Mind set
- Community (FCC family)!!!
- Training and knowledge
What excites you the most about being involved in triathlon?
The community, the struggle, the perseverance, the victories!!
What would you say to another person who was on the fence about joining our training program?
If you need help achieving your goals then Erinne and her amazing staff will have you in good hands!
Get Results Like These With The Triathlon Transformation Training Program
My 16-week Triathlon Transformation Training Program is designed to help you get faster for your next triathlon in less time than other training programs.
It focuses on you as an individual; your form, technique, strength, fueling, and mindset. Through video analysis, metabolic testing, holistic lifestyle coaching, and a supportive community, you will achieve all your triathlon dreams and goals to get faster in less time.
If you want to show up confidently at the start of your next race — swimming, biking, and running past the competition, sprinting across the finish line with arms overhead, knowing you nailed it — then this program is for you.
Erinne Guthrie has been 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 more.