From Fisherman to Triathlete – Meet Rockstar Chris Callaway

Rockstar Chris Callaway

Coaches Notes:

From Fisherman to Triathlete, Chris has come a long way over the last few months. Last fall, he reached out to get serious about training for his first 70.3 in Chattanooga in 2024.

Our training methods have proven to be highly effective. We started with his video analysis, field testing, strength, and nutrition, which laid a solid foundation for him to build strength and health before we increased the intensity of his training. We also addressed his nutrition, ensuring he was able to absorb the healthy food he was consuming.

He even got a bonus podium in Key West in a December Triathlon. 

Then, attending Ultimate Tri Camp in February was perfect timing for learning how to climb and descend hills on the bike, run, and swim in cold water with a wetsuit. He acquired many skills at camp to prepare for the conditions at Chattanooga.

Although he had knee pain, we managed it with stem cells, elliptical exercises, strength training, and stretching. I’m super proud of all your progress, and even though your race day result wasn’t perfect, you have come a long way! Race day can be tricky—way to not quit and finish. Let’s get going on the next one—you will be ready!

Age: 48

Profession: Wealth Advisor

Why did you choose FCC to help you on your triathlon/health and wellness journey?
I met Erinne and the FCC team at a race clinic a few years ago and joined the swim essentials training. I learned so much from tips about swimming techniques and a new way of thinking about my diet. I knew when the time was right that I’d move forward full force to achieve my triathlete goals, and I’m glad I did.

What is your “A” race for this season?
Chattanooga 70.3, a few weeks ago.

What are your BIG goals?
I’m coming back to Chattanooga to improve my time. Also, it’s hard to come this far and not think about a full Ironman at some point 😉

What were some of your most significant improvements in performance for each of the following?

So much to add here. Right off the bat, I came in sick and had knee issues. I was a mess.

Nutrition: The gut healing protocol, tweaks to my diet, and additions of strength and consistent, disciplined training led me to a place I didn’t think was possible.

Swim: I was already a decent swimmer but got faster and more efficient over time; learning to breathe correctly was a big step.

Bike: Having Dennis around on the bike was a game-changer. From the first bike fit to all the ongoing tips during early morning rides and encouragement. I gained a ton of confidence here, and even though I always get anxious around tests, I consistently improved over time.

Run: The run has always been my nemesis, but through better technique and strengthening, I got to a place where I could run pain-free, which is a massive win!

Name 2 or 3 things that have made the most significant difference in your journey.
1. Diet:
there is no getting around this. Garbage in = garbage out, lol. Effort here goes a long way for every other aspect of your life.
2. The team approach is big for me; being consistent and having a sense of accountability gets you to wake up and go even when you don’t want to.

What excites you the most about being involved in triathlon?
It’s a great community! There is a sense of family. Everyone wants you to be your best as you want the same for them. There are lots of highs and lows, but there is someone always around the corner with an encouraging word:)

What would you say to another person who was on the fence about joining our training program?
Get off the fence! I promise you will thank yourself later.

Do you want results like these?

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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. 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, and more.

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