The Sky Is The Limit for Rockstar Triathlete Maria Picton

Coaches Notes:

Maria reached out to me after she qualified to Nationals in the summer of 2023. She wanted to be sure she was ready to compete there so she flew in to Miami from North Carolina and we did all of her evaluations in person: Swim Video, Run Video, Bike Fit, Swim Bike and Run tests too. From all of this we have been able to coach her virtually through my Triathlon Transformation program.

The weekly coach calls help keep her feeling connected to the team, as well as the monthly video analysis reviews. And of course the daily training on her Training peaks specific to her needs and goals.

Some of her big wins were as follows:

Swim– She went from 40 strokes across the pool to 20 strokes in 25 yards, which equals improvement in energy and speed. She also went from a full-blown panic attack at Nationals to cool as a cucumber in her last triathlon race of the season in Key West, where she got 1st place on the podium in her age group!

Bike- With her new bike fit, she could actually push and create more speed with better pressure all the way around the pedal stroke. She zoom zoomed on the bike in Key West!

Run- with the run video analysis, we improved arm swing, foot strike, and Steps per minute (SPM) to increase speed on her 5k, even off the bike!

Way to go, Maria! I am so super proud of all of your Rockstar accomplishments in 2023.

Let’s get 2024- We got this!

What is your age?


What is your profession?:

Oncologist in North Carolina

Why did you choose FCC to help you on your triathlon/health and wellness journey?

I have been following Full Circle Coaching since I started participating in triathlons for fun. I noticed their athletes always excel at competitions. I wanted more out of my training and to reach my full potential. โ€œThe sky is the limit!” is my Mantra!

What is/ was your “A” race for this season?

April 13th- The Ride on Ryan Sprint Triathlon in Savannah, Georgia

What are your BIG goals?

I want to become a stronger (physically and mentally) triathlete.

Tell me about your successes so far! What were some of your biggest improvements in performance for each of the following? Swim, Bike, Run, and Nutrition/Health. 

After panicking in the water at Nationals in August of 2023, it was an accomplishment to swim through my fears. The swim video assessment and the corrective drills have made an incredible difference, cutting my pace by 30 to 45 seconds/ 100.

The bike fit was also a game changer. I felt more in control and became faster.
I have also become a faster runner from the video analysis, run drills, and speed workouts.

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

  1. Training with consistency.
  2. The Full Circle coaches are available to answer any questions, as well as the weekly coaching calls.
  3. Rest and mindfulness.

What excites you the most about being involved in running/triathlon?

It is a sport that challenges your body and mental toughness. Being surrounded by healthy individuals with a positive attitude.

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

It is a game-changer. Virtual coaching is excellent, but take advantage of in-person training, too, if possible!

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.

If you want to show up confidently at the start of your next race โ€” swimming, biking, and running past the competition, sprinting across the finish line with arms overhead, knowing you nailed it โ€” then this program is for you.

Click here to apply for my 16-Week Triathlon Transformation Program.

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 Masterโ€™s Swim Coach, Motivational Speaker, Metabolic Efficiency Specialist, Mom, Mermaid, and much more.

1 Comment

  • Jeremy Brown Posted January 20, 2024 8:45 am

    Huge congrats Maria ๐Ÿ‘ some people don’t realise there full performance until they are actually get the professional coaching. It’s like been at university, education is power. You have to put the work in but it’s having the knowledge to be able to keep consistent.
    I love your mantra “the sky is the limit”. Stay motivated and looking forward ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿšต๐Ÿƒ

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