When I decided I wanted to test out the waters of becoming a triathlete, I was
determined my end goal was to complete an Ironman 70.3. I knew I needed help to
understand what I was getting into so I sought out the expertise of a seasoned
Ironman triathlete. I had already been running, cycling, and swimming a bit, so I was in
fairly decent shape, but I had zero racing or triathlon experience. I needed help with
everything from gear to training to nutrition. Everything. I soon found Coach Andrew
through the Ironman Coach match, and was extremely happy with his knowledge,
coaching, and training program he set up for me. I wasn’t able to work with Andrew on
a one-on-one basis as I lived 150 miles away, therefore all of our training and
correspondence was done remotely via email, phone calls, and Training Peaks.
Andrew made it to my first triathlon to help me with the logistics and preparation
before starting the race. This helped immensely to have someone there walking me
through the steps that are so seemingly simple, yet with the first-race jitters, can
become difficult. Leading up to the 2nd race, Andrew helped me with nutrition during
the bike and run. My second race was the Ironman 70.3 in Boulder, and due to the
coaching by Andrew I was prepared and completed the race in a hair over 6 hours.
Success! Andrew was right there to see it through. If you’re looking for a coach, don’t
hesitate to call Andrew.
Since my beginning in the sport of triathlon Coach Andrew has been by my side. I met him on a cycling trip to Boulder in 2006. We rode together one day and by the
end of the ride I knew that I had to hire him if I wanted to be successful in the sport. With no athletic background Coach Andrew transformed me from a typical party
boy to a serious student of the sport. Even with him living in Boulder and myself in Miami I experienced much success from the very first race he prepared me for.
In 2009 Coach Andrew suggested that I train for an Ironman. So then began our Iron Journey. By the time race day came up Coach Andrew led me to a sub-11 first
time Ironman finish and I closed with a sub 3:50 marathon. What was most interesting about his coaching was that running was my weakest discipline. Not anymore!!
Coach Andrew's inspiration and motivation not only lead me to the Ironman but it also inspired me to move to Boulder so that together we can fulfill my dream of
becoming an elite age grouper.
I finished my first Ironman 70.3 triathlon this year. The ONLY reason I
was able to cross the finish line was because of Andrew’s
compassionate and expert coaching. I had only done sprint triathlons
previously, was not in great physical shape to begin with and had a
crazy schedule that had to be juggled. I fit in workouts around work,
family obligations, classes and travel. One of the main reasons I
chose to work with a coach is so that I got the personal attention I
needed. I didn’t need to worry if I was ahead or behind any “group”
schedule…I was a group of one and Andrew fed me a steady diet of
mixed workouts to get me stronger, faster, more competent. He
tailored everything to ME! And when I hit the wall, Andrew talked me
away from the ledge, got me back on track and feeling confident. He
answered questions, provided technique and nutrition advice and
worked through race day logistics. When my “big day” arrived, I was
ready! I met everyone of my goals …and am so excited to be in
season two with Andrew, with even more aggressive goals! I’m
confident that this year I will be equally successful and am tickled to
have Andrew with me every step of the way, to make sure I am!