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Justine Waldrop

Justine Waldrop

Goal Race: Ironman Chattanooga will be my first IM!

5 years with Malone Coaching

"I am grateful for the opportunity to be putting into practice the "someday" part of my triathlon dream. Ironman just doesn't happen for most triathletes. For me it has meant going from "newbie" to seasoned participant, to competitive sprinter, to endurance Half Ironman athlete over the course of 9 years, 3 major surgeries, long lasting friendships, many mistakes and mishaps, setbacks, age group and series age group wins, continued learning and endless hours of training, support and love of God, my husband and family, Coach Katie and the Malone Coaching family along with the faith that it CAN be done!"

 

When not training or racing:

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Swimming Coach

 

Originally from: Long Island, NY

Currently lives in: Greer, SC

2015 Athlete Profiles

Name: Manuel E. Cintrón (Manny)

Goal race for the year: PPD B2B Half

Years with Malone Coaching: 6 moths on & off

Random thoughts: Way too many!

Profession: CTA coordinator at AMECO

Originally from: Puerto Rico

Currently live: Simpsonville, SC

 

 

 

 

Name: Phil North

Your goal race for the year: Age group national championship and ironman Mont Tremblant 

Years with Malone Coaching: New this year

Random thoughts: My children did their first triathlon around 2002 when they were 7 and 9.  It took them five years to pressure me into doing my first race. Katie coached daughter, Alexandra, for Age Group Nationals a few years ago.

Profession: Nuclear Engineering Manager at Oconee Nuclear Station. 

Originally from:  Atlanta more than anywhere else. Graduated from Georgia Tech. Born in Wisconsin. 

Currently live: Easley

 

 

 

 

Name:  Brian Norton

Goal race for the year:  I just completed the Publix Marathon in Atlanta.  I’ll probably look to do another marathon in the fall.

Years with Malone Coaching:1

Random thoughts:  Most of my thoughts are random and are better left between my ears.

Profession:Structural Engineer

Originally from:Stone Mountain, GA

Currently live:  Simpsonville, SC

 

 

 

Name: Will Fowler

                

Goal race for the year: Chattanooga 70.3 & Augusta 70.3

Years with Malone Coaching: 1st year

Random thoughts: I got hooked on triathlons 2 years ago after my first race @ Paris Island.  I am married to a wonderful wife, Mary Catherine who let’s me do all sorts of boyish adventures.  We have 3 energetic kids Anna Cate (7), Caroline (5), and Thomas (1).  We are both Clemson Alumni, and love Clemson and the upstate of SC.  I have loved training with Katie.  The added accountability has been fantastic.  I am looking forward to a fun and successful year!

Profession: Entrepreneur- Owner of Distinctive Outdoors - hardscapes and outdoor living spaces

Originally from: Lexington, SC

Currently live: Lexington, SC

 

 

 

Name:  Eric Boggess 

          

Goal race for the year:  Lurray International Triathlon on 08/15/2015

Years with Malone Coaching: 7 1/2 years

Random thoughts:  I have loved having Katie as a coach. She's kept me healthy for a very long time and as competitive as any age grouper could hope for, especially one like me who has always struggled to balance being a husband and father of two travel soccer players.

I'm not as lucky as Katie's local athletes, so I don't get the benefit of all of Katie's group runs, rides, and swim instruction. But, she's been available and helpful online and by phone and I've been very happy with my training. If anything, I feel guilty I haven't been able to dedicate more time and effort to my training. Six days a week of training and 5 races a year is about all I can muster while still meeting my responsibilities to my family.

Profession:  IT Consultant

Originally from:  Silver Spring, MD

Currently live:  Arlington, VA

 

 

 

 

Name: Kimberley Westbury  

                      

Goal race for the year: Ironman Chattanooga 

Years with Malone Coaching: 8

Random thoughts: - I raced Inline Speedskates for K2 Skates 2004 - 2005

Profession: Graphic Designer

Originally from: Beaufort, SC

Currently live: Greenville, SC

 

 

 

Name: Joanna Eubanks

                    

Goal race for the year: IM Wisconsin

Years with Malone Coaching: First year

Random thoughts: I love being outdoors and spending time with the family.

Profession: Mother of 3 boys and Owner of Emerald City Bikes

Originally from: Northfield, NJ

Currently live: Greenwood, SC

 

 

 

Name: Michael Vaccaro          

                       

Goal race for the year: Ironman Louisville 

Years with Malone Coaching: 2 years

Random thoughts: Love the challenge of long distance racing.  Often reflect on this quote after a race: "Don't cry because it is over, smile because it happened". Dr. Seuss. 

Profession: Nurse

Originally from: Davenport, Iowa

Currently live: Charlotte, NC

 

 

 

 

Name: Bubba Gillis  

                         

Goal race for the year: Challenge Atlantic City 1.5 to 2 hours faster than last year

Years with Malone Coaching: 2

Random thoughts: l have been told my whole life what l cannot do. I always respond with "watch me." Especially after knee surgery number 3. Also overcame not knowing how to swim, panic attack in pool at Paris Island and shoulder surgery. And getting hit by car while running 20 years ago.

Profession: Packing and shipping furniture

Originally from: Waycross, Ga.

Currently live: Hilton Head Island, SC

 

 

 

 

Name: Rachel Crunk                         

Goal race for the year: Worlds 70.3

Years with Malone Coaching: 2 

Random Thoughts: I just have a love hate relationship with racing. When I retire may become a professional athlete, if there is like a 60 year old division…

Profession: Owner of Technology Solutions of Charleston. Specializing in IP Video Surveillance, Access Control and Network Infrastructure.

 Originally from: Long Island, NY

 Currently live in: Mt. Pleasant, SC

 

 

 

Name: Ben Atkins 

                            

Goal race for the year: Lake Logan Half and Ironman Florida

Years with Malone Coaching: 2 going on 3

Random thoughts: I was born for a storm and the calm does not suit me

Profession: VP of Operations at Kyle Atkins Financial Group, CEO of Grooming and Style for myself, Feller of trees, Slayer of Wildlife, Husband to One, Father of 3, Teacher of the boys Sunday School Class ages 7-9, Drinker from the Fountain of Wisdom and World Famous Song Lyrics Remembrance Specialist

Originally from: The Entertainment Capital of Spartanburg County- Cowpens SC

Currently live: the metropolis of Mayo SC

 

 

 

Name:Stephanie Hance                                   

Goal race for the year: Ironman Chattanooga (First time Ironman!)

Years with Malone Coaching: New

Random thoughts: I've been swimming competitively since I was 9 years old!  I swam all the way through college (at a D3 school) and my best event was the 200 backstroke

Profession: Quality Engineer for Michelin. I've done a handful of jobs in my 5 years at Michelin, but I currently work in the Raw Material Supplier Relations group

Originally from: Noblesville, IN

Currently live: Greenville, SC

 

 

 

Name:Jenny Davidson 


       

Goal race for the year: Ironman Chattanooga

Years with Malone Coaching: New

Random thoughts: I'd like to ride my bike across a continent.

Profession: Drafter at a Land Surveying and Civil Engineering Firm

Originally from: Watertown, WI

Currently live: Greenville, SC

 

 

Name:John Davidson                      

                

Goals:  Ironman Chattanooga, 2015

Years with Malone Coaching:  New!

Random Thoughts:  Excited to travel this journey to IM with the love of my life - Jenny Davidson.

Profession:  Tire Research Engineer, Michelin North America.

Originally From:  Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Currently live:  Greenville, SC

 

 

 

 

Name: Paul Zimmerman     

                           

Goals - To qualify for Boston Marathon and do the Chattanooga 70.3 this May.

Years with Malone Coaching- New this year!

Random- I’ve always been active via tennis, cycling but added serious running in the summer of 2012. My first race was the Tryon Half Marathon. Started working with Malone Coach in July of 2014 and the difference has been beyond noticeable. Looking forward to continuing the journey.

Profession- I’m a Rosarian. I work in the field of Garden Roses in many different areas. I’m the US licensing agent for several overseas rose breeders. I consult public and private gardens including Biltmore Estate where I’m also director of their International Rose Trials. I’m a writer including articles, the Fine Gardening Rose Blog on their website and my book Everyday Roses was published by Taunton Press. Lastly I’m also working with several companies creating original rose plant product lines.

Originally grew up in Miami, Florida.

Currently living in Campobello, SC

 

 

 

 

Name: Richard Dacey    


                                 

Goal race for the year:  Raleigh 70.3

Years with Malone Coaching: 2

Random thoughts: I like watching and attending sporting events and eating

Profession: I'm a process engineer

Originally from: Greenville but born in Brooklyn, NY

Currently live: Simpsonville

 

 

 

 

Name: Troy Harman   

                                     

Goal race for the year: Assault on Mount Mitchell & ORAMM (Off Road Assault on Mount Mitchell)

Years with Malone Coaching: 5

Random thoughts: I am a practical joker. *(he is also a great photographer)

Profession: Computer programmer

Originally from: Aiken, SC

Currently live: Spartanburg, SC

 

 

 

 

Name: Chris Crecente                                     

Goal race for the year: Myrtle Beach Marathon to qualify for Boston! *(Maybe a little 100 mile running race and B2B Iron Distance.)

Years with Malone Coaching: 3

Random thoughts: I climb mountains and brew beer

Profession: Software engineer

Originally from: Mauldin, SC

Currently live: Simpsonville, SC

 

 

 

 

Name: Margaret Marrano   

                         

Goal race for the year: NYC Marathon to qualify for Boston

Years with Malone Coaching: 4

Random thoughts: *(She loves animals and has a bird and a sweet dog.) I do pet therapy visits and transport rescue animals.

Originally from: Brooklyn, NY

Currently live: Staten Island, NY

 

 

 

 

Name: Kelly Danias                                           

Goal race for the year: Lake Logan Half IM

Years with Malone Coaching: 2

Random thoughts: If I had any free time I'd load up on books from the library to read in my lawn chair.

Profession: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society working with blood cancer patients.

Originally from: Bradford, PA

Currently live: Irmo, SC

 

 

 

 

Name: Kim Parenti                                            

Goal race for the year: IM Chattanooga 70.3

Years with Malone Coaching: First Year

Random thoughts:I enjoying hiking, outdoor concerts, reading, and my niece and two nephews when I'm not training. 

Profession: I am an elementary teacher.

Originally from: Erie, PA

Currently live: Greenville, SC

 

 

 

 

Name: Lisa Anderson                                       

Goal race for the year: I would like to run a sub 20 min 5k and sub 41 min 10k which is something I haven't done in over 20 years. I also plan to race bikes off road this year which is something else I have done in 15 years.

Years with Malone Coaching: 8

Random thoughts: I love racing and have a disease called Neurofibromatosis

Profession: Director of Exercise Rehab for Ross Chiropractic. I serve as the volunteer “herder” for the World Triathlon Corporation- specifically as the Volunteer Director for Ironman Chattanooga and Chattanooga 70.3

Originally from: Salisbury, NC

Currently live: Ooltewah, TN

 

 

 

Name:Carol Brunson                                                            

Goal race for the year: Ironman Louisville

Years with Malone Coaching: 2

Random thoughts: I enjoy learning new sports and meeting new people. Brad Fraedrich and I started on the same day at BMW (December 3, 2001).

Profession: I work at BMW, but I don’t build cars!

Currently live: SC has been my home state since the day I was born.

 

 

 

 

Name: Steve Erwin                                           

Goal race for the year: Augusta 70.3

Years with Malone Coaching: 2

Random thoughts: Came late in life to triathlon but having a blast!

Profession: Software

Originally from: Born in Ft. Lauderdale, FL moved around a lot (Army brat) but settled in ATL area through college, went to Pittsburgh then came back South to SC.

Currently live: Seneca, SC

 

 

 

 

Name: Becky Arndt 

                                         

Goal race for the year: Myrtle Beach Marathon to qualify for Boston; age group award in the SC Triathlon Series; second Half Ironman triathlon at the Lake Logan Half

Years with Malone Coaching: 2

Random thoughts: I played college basketball at NAIA Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI

Profession: Physical Therapist and Sports Certified Specialist at Proaxis Therapy

Originally from: Wilton, WI

Currently live: Greer, SC

 

 

 

 

Name: Robert Boyle                                         

Goal race for the year: complete a full ironman – Beach to Battleship!

Years with Malone Coaching: 2

Random thoughts: I'm a proud husband to a beautiful bride and a proud parent to two awesome twin girls

Profession: I am a stay-at-home dad.  So, when I am not training I am getting my teenaged kids from place to place.  I am also teaching them how to drive.

Originally from: Upstate New York

Currently live: Spartanburg

 

 

Steve Erwin

 

I remember thinking, how hard can this be? I said, hey, you can swim pretty decent; who can't ride a bike; by God, you just ran a half marathon. So I put a stake in the ground and signed up for my first sprint tri. I swam, I biked, I ran leading up to race - this is going to be cake. I came "this close" to drowning (with a wetsuit on); legs were jello after the bike; and I am embarrassed to admit I walked a 100 or so yards of the 5k. We want even talk about where I finished in my age group.

If I was going to go down this path, I needed help. So I talked with some folks and everyone told me to go talk to Katie Malone. The first time I met her (and her infant child, Keene) , the first thing she asked me is "What are your goals? If you do not have goals, this coach/athlete relationship will not work." I did/do have goals, short term (probably not very lofty ones after that first race), and longer term goals. She agreed to coach me and I did not realize at the time or for some time to come, it was one of the best things that could have happened to me.

I got my first week of training workouts from Katie, and I thought this woman is a sadist! Then she started meeting me for one-on-one sessions, and breaking me down like a Lego toy. I started regressing - swim times were getting worse; did not realize what a bad bicyclist I really was. I was getting a defeatist attitude; "I suck" - never will be able to do this at a decent level. My race times were no where close to where I thought I should be. Worse thing was I thought I was letting my coach down, because she was always there for me. Even when I thought my race was awful, she would say I am pleased with this, or happy about with what you did there. Always encouraging even when I was ready to give up (several times) and I knew then why ALL her athletes love her. Understanding that this is not a sprint but a journey; not just training, but nutrition, recovery, and having fun and camaraderie. That it is just not about being on the podium, but about going beyond your limitations, both physically and mentally.

Fast forward to my last sprint race of the year. A new PR in the swim, the bike, and the run. I did not finish in top 3 (not far off), but I was happy, proud, rejuvenated. My confidence renewed. What Katie has created is someone who is hooked. A drive and desire to be the best I can be - forget about what everybody else is doing!

The only thing I can say is, THANKS COACH! Looking forward to what is yet to come!
 

Athlete Testimonial of the Week: Chip Chiappini

Athlete Testimonial of the Week: Chip Chiappini

I signed up for Malone Coaching to improve in triathlons next year, so I decided to do the Asheville Citizens 1/2 marathon as a training race.  I entered endurance sports at age 40 after a lifetime of weightlifting and indoor cardio.  I have trained hard since getting into triathlons, and thought I was knowledgeable about training. I was mistaken!  I am amazed that after only 30 days of training under the guidance of Malone Coaching I had the best run in my life and easily beat my old PR in the Asheville Citizens 1/2 Marathon. After 4 years of suffering in this race mostly due to the combined distance and hills, 30 days later and at age 45, I blew away my old PR and felt great doing it in a training race that I wasn't even thinking about a PR. I always believed hard work was enough, tough workouts would be enough.  Now I see I wasn't even close. I work out to stay in shape, but it is way more fun when you can see and measure your improvements in meaningful ways. I love having my workout week laid out for me, and I love the feedback and encouragement Katie provides.   Katie is the real deal. She is completely professional, timely, and responsive and she knows how to get results.  I only wish it didn't take me 5 years to find her coaching services.  I am positive that 2014 is going to be a blast.

Chip Chiappini.

Athlete Testimonial of the Week: Michael Vaccaro

Athlete Testimonial of the Week: Michael Vaccaro

 

Working with Katie has been wonderful.  I began running about 4 years ago now and dipped my toe into triathlon about 2 years ago.  Early on in my running I followed plans I found online or networked with other runners.  It worked well for me at the time but not ideal. Being a newbie to triathlon I knew that approach would not work so I connected with a coach I met locally who helped me get started.  We worked together about 6 months.  While it was productive and gave me a good foundation, it did not fully meet my needs.  After six months of coaching, I went back to following the plans online while I looked at other coaching options.  In late 2012 I met Katie through friends whom she was training.  I was considering a few different coaching options as I really wanted to have more personal guidance in my training and felt like I could get more out of myself if I had the right coach.

It did not take me long after meeting Katie to decide Malone Coaching was right for me.  It was a great decision and I can say that the results I saw in 2013 reinforce it every race.  2013 has been a busy season for me, completing 9 races to date (Marathon, half marathon, 3 Sprint Tri’s, 1 Xterra Tri, 1 International, and 2 Half Ironman events).  I would say that with the exception of one event this year, I bettered my PR every race.  I attribute a lot of that to Katie’s coaching and support.  She has been great in helping me learn what I am capable of doing in races as well as giving me the tools I need to achieve.  I greatly appreciate the support she provides and the personal approach she has taken with my training.  I have endured some minor physical ailments through the season and Katie has supported me through those issues and still found ways ensure I achieved my goals.  Katie’s personal approach has also been helpful given my pretty demanding work and family life.  She has helped me work through those needs and has incorporated that into my schedule so I can meet the demands in my life.  You still have to do the work but Katie is genuinely interested in helping you meet the goals you set for yourself.

I am extremely happy I made the decision I did 1 year ago in choosing Katie as my coach.  It was a great year and I look forward to more fun in 2014!

 

Athlete Testimonial of the Week: Trevor Stultz

Athlete Testimonial of the Week: Trevor Stultz

 

Working with Katie has been extremely valuable to me!  As a USAT coach myself, I see the value in having objective feedback in an structured training plan leading up to "A" and "B" races.  The guess work is eliminated! Katie is compassionate towards work/life/family balance but doesn't neglect what NEEDS to be done to get the result I am looking for.  She is as accommodating as she can be to a race addict like me who does ~5 Iron-distance triathlons a year. Furthermore she understands when to push me and not allow me to settle for mediocre.  My only regret is not working with a coach sooner!

 

In March 2013 at HITS Ocala 140.6 (which was a lead up race to Ironman Texas), I placed first in my age group and 10th overall after only working with Katie for 6 months. Since then I have only gotten lighter, faster, and stronger!  I'm excited to see what is ahead now that my swim technique has improve, power is up on the bike, and run has implemented a long course pacing structure to play off my strengths.

Athlete Testimonial of the Week: Adam Fisher

Athlete Testimonial of the Week: Adam Fisher

I have been with Malone Coaching for 9 months, and have surpassed my expected abilities by leaps and bounds.   Prior to Malone Coaching, I was utilizing a popular workout plan book, which had me spending significant time training under a generic plan.  Once coming onboard, Katie sat down and discussed my time commitments, goals for the season and future hopes and expectations.   Through working with her, I was able to train less over a week’s time, and still significantly outperform past performances.  

 

The one on one training sessions, allows the coach to effectively break down your mechanics and work with you on proper form and technique. The effectiveness of this is evident in my improvements in a comparison of my swim at the Ironman Louisville in August 2012, and the Leadman Epic Tri in September 2013.   For the Ironman I was swimming 3 to 4 times a week, and completed the 2.4 mile swim in 1:16:18. The Leadman swim was a 3.1 mile (5k) leg that I completed in 1:22:42, that is only 6 minutes and 24 seconds slower to cover an additional 7/10th of a mile. This improvement was done while maintaining a 2/3 swim session per week plan.

 

This year I have also experienced numerous PR’s, consistent top 10 and top 5 finishes in various runs, National USAT Age-Group Championship qualification and consistent results at every race. Katie has provided me with the tools to exceed the goals I have set, the motivation to keep me focused and the encouragement to bring it all together. All of this was done while maintaining a positive attitude, and encouraging spirit on the sidelines of the races for everyone on her team.  

 

 

 

Athlete Testimonial of the Week: Caroline Cope

Athlete Testimonial of the Week: Caroline Cope

I started with Malone Coaching in 2006 when I lived in South Carolina. Since then, not only has Katie been a wonderful coach, she has been a great friend as well.

 I moved to Florida a few years ago and thought that long distance coaching wouldn't work so I tried a couple other local coaches. Wow, what a letdown! They all had good workouts and were quite knowledgeable but boy, did they lack the person touch that I had with Malone Coaching. So, I went back! Even though I'm more than 600 miles away, it's obvious that my weekly workouts are customize specifically to me. She takes into account not only what I need to do but how I'm feeling both physically and mentally. I can no longer see Katie at the finish line but I know she's still there. I still feel part of a team.

 I know in my heart that I would have given up triathlons if not for Malone Coaching. With more than 30 races under my belt, I still have lofty goals for myself including my first full distance ironman. I know that Malone Coaching will get me there, in spite of myself.

 SC Half Ironman 2006

 

Peter Ramirez

Peter RamirezAfter doing marathons for a few years I set a goal to start doing triathlons.  I didn't own a bike.  I hadn't been in a pool since "marco polo" days.  My triathlon experience to that point was watching NBC's broadcast on a Saturday each December.  None of that stopped me from getting a USAT card and registering for an Ironman.  I thought mere hubris and a magazine subscription would help me make all the right choices about equipment and proper training.

The mistake of thinking I could do this alone quickly settled in.  I contacted several people I trusted and asked them about coaching.  Katie's name came up each time.  We had a quick call to discuss expectations of each other.  Katie listened to my goals then explained how she could help achieve them.  That was all it took for me to sign up for a year of coaching.

Katie delivered!  She got me to the starting line in nine triathlons that first year . . . fit, healthy, and mentally prepared to succeed.  Each race finish exceeded my expectations, of what I was able to accomplish and how she helped to make it possible.  Yet, aside from training and racing and goals, I found being a part of the "community" of Malone Coaching to be the best benefit.  Triathlons and running are highly individual sports with no shortage of personalities and hormones, each trying to do their best.  I think deep down there's still a part of me that longs to be part of a team, which is exactly what I get from working with Katie and being able to share in the challenges and successes with the other Malone Coaching athletes.

Lee Anne Townes

It has been a privilege knowing and working with Coach Katie Malone for the past two years. It is clear that Katie has chosen a profession in the field that enables her to better the lives of others through exercise and nutrition. She uses her 20 plus years experience in triathlon to teach others how to achieve their goals. Her passion for triathlon is infectious. She is an outstanding athlete, leader, teammate, friend, competitor, and is an overall person of character, integrity, dedication, and hard work.

As a student of triathlon, I hired a coach to take the thinking out of my training. Triathlon is a complex sport consisting of three disciplines. Katie understands how the body adapts to these disciplines and what it takes to reach your ultimate goal. She gives individualized attention to everyone she coaches. It is rare to find a coach that gets in the pool with her athletes to help them with their stroke or runs with them at the track to watch their form. She has taken me from a novice beginner to an award winner in less than two years. She is energetic, enthused, and always positive and encouraging.

Katie Malone is the epitome of triathlon. She lives, eats, sleeps, and breathes triathlon every day. It is a rare and unique person who is so clearly dedicated to the sports of triathlon but also, dedicated to helping others learn and love the sport as well. She spends all of her free time volunteering for local events, spreading the word about her passion, encouraging others to try it, and rescuing Weimaraners that need homes. She is an enormous asset in our community. It is a pleasure being one of her athletes, as she has impacted not only my triathlon journey but also, my life.

UPDATE: Lee Anne recently completed her first Ironman at Ironman Florida in November in 2011. Not only did she finish but she finished 5th in her age group and just missed qualifying for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. Congrats Lee Anne!

John Demarest

John DemarestJohn Demarest says, "Katie has made a really big difference in my life. Her knowledge, experience and passion for coaching others to be their best in the sport of triathlon is truly remarkable. She's smart, highly organized and has an incredible winning spirit. She's helped me achieve one of my most important life goals (to become an Ironman) and I know she can do the same for you."

John Demarest
President, Spartan Staffing
2010 Ironman Florida - Finisher

Spartan Staffing is a subsidiary of TrueBlue, Inc. (NYSE:TBI), ranked at the top of Forbes' Most Trustworthy Companies for 2010.

 

Stacy Sargent

Stacey SargentI began working with Katie almost a year and a half ago.  I came to the sport of triathlon relatively late at the age of 44.  After a year of training on my own, I found I had more questions about my training than answers.  I needed to know how to train and how to avoid injury, and also how to improve my skills and gain speed.  And being a busy mom of two active boys, I have no extra time for unnecessary workouts!

Katie has completely transformed me as a triathlete and taken me from being a middle-of-the-pack age grouper to consistently placing in my age group in one season.  She knows how to get results. Her detailed, individualized training plans let me know what I need to accomplish each week.

One-on-one cycling and running sessions with her have taught me valuable techniques and skills. By watching me swim, her analysis of my stroke over the course of our relationship has completely changed the way I swim and turned me into a true swimmer.

The first season Katie coached me, I moved up to Olympic distances and then a half-iron distance race.  She changed my training plan as I expanded my goals throughout the season, and I was completely ready for each race.  She gives me an honest assessment of my skills and whether my goals are realistic, and we communicate frequently with each other through email, phone, and face-to-face meetings.

Katie also organizes group workouts that are a fun way to socialize while at the same time getting some friendly competition going that just naturally makes us work harder.  Did I mention she is fun to work with and loves the sport?  She is the complete package when it comes to coaching, and I feel very lucky to be working with her!

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