Injured runner still achieves 20 min Personal record after 9 Ironmans to qualify for Kona!
Kathy Parmele and Dean, her partner, signed up for my Ultimate Tri camp 2023 and I had never met them before.
When I found out they met on Insight Timer (a meditation app) I knew they were my people!
Kathy shared her goal of qualifying for Kona at the Mont Tremblant Full Ironman in August – just 6 months away and I wanted to help her make it happen.
She totally believed it was possible in her mind and even booked an Air BnB in Kona, just in case!!!
She had already completed 6 or 7 Ironmans but had never followed a training plan or had anyone check her technique on the swim, bike or run.
At camp we do all of that and started making adjustments immediately.
With so much training under her belt she had great body awareness and was able to implement the technique changes after doing certain drills to reinforce them.
After camp we trained virtually with her following the training program we designed based on her testing and skills work and everything was improving except the run.
She kept re-injuring an old torn meniscus.
So we modified training to the elliptical and aqua jogging to maintain fitness and kept strengthening the leg to help her get back to running just in time to finish up her running volume with a 22 mile pain-free run.
We knew the goal was in sight and completely possible.
Race day was pretty exciting – watching the Ironman App seeing her hit every time goal we had set for a sun 13 hour Ironman time for the swim, T1, bike, T2, and finally the run!!
She did a personal record time for her Ironman- 12:35
And this was 20 minutes faster than any previous Ironman on a hilly course.
She qualified for Kona.
The dream was a reality.
Kathy: You are a badass Rockstar Triathlete. Congratulations on achieving your dream of racing in Kona and thank for choosing Full Circle Coaching to help get you there!
FROM THE ATHLETE
I qualified for Kona!!!
Ironman Mont Tremblant was my 9th Ironman. I had always been a middle-of-the-pack athlete and always self-coached. I was also dealing with a year of injuries. When I found out that IMMT had 100 Kona slots for women this year, I decided to go for it!
For that I needed coaching. The Full Circle Ultimate Tri Camp was just the jump start that I needed. I learned a lot about how to tweak my swim, bike, and run techniques to minimize injury and improve performance. Then I continued with the coaching virtually.
There were several game-changing recommendations that Erinne made for me after reviewing my videos that really helped optimize my technique. The plan took into account my injuries and we were able to slowly increase my distances and fitness while letting my body heal.
The outcome? I PR’ed by almost 20 minutes on a tough course, came 8th in my age group and qualified for Kona!
I felt the support of the whole Full Circle Tribe the whole time and it carried me during the tough parts of the race. Thank you Coaches Erinne, Ollie, Dennis and Jaq for helping me realize my dream!!
Do you want results like these? 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.
The Triathlon Transformation Program 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.
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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.