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!