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!