A lot of people ask me why I chose to do an Ironman race. The honest truth of why I took on this challenge was to CRY. I truly believe there is an inner athlete in every one of us that wants to have the experience of crying while standing on the podium at the Olympics, or some other great accomplishment. Ironman was that since of accomplishment for me as well as other things. In the world we live in of dealing with so many things that are out of our control training and Ironman is the one thing that I know I have the most control over. Simply put, if I properly prepare physically & mentally, the odds are in my favor to be successful.
Trey Yost and FitTrac gave me the tools necessary to make my goal a reality! In the short 6 months I trained with Trey I became faster, stronger, & healthier. About my health, Treys approach help me overcome chronic injuries that would have most likely prevented me from completing my goal of finishing an Ironman race! My main goal for Ironman was to finish strong and healthy. Trey’s training and customized race strategy made this possible. I am looking forward to continue training with Trey and the FitTrac team members.
In June, 2011 I walked a 5k mud run and failed two obstacles. I realized I needed to build cardio and endurance and believed cross training was the best way to achieve my goals. I met Gayle Mortola through swimming and she introduced me to triathlon training and Fittrac. In August, Gayle helped me buy a road bike and I went on my first frightening ride around white rock in the lowest gear. In September, I went on my first outdoor run ever, Gayle walked beside me as I ran. Over the next few months, I learned to change gears on the bike, I added clips to the bike peddles and I fell, often. By January, 2012 I did my first 20 mile bike ride. In March I completed my first short sprint triathlon followed by a long sprint (800m swim, 24 mile bike, 5k run) triathlon in April. I rode my first 50 mile bike rally in May. In June I returned to the mud run and was able to run an entire 10k and complete all obstacles. Coaches Gayle, Trey and Mike were an integral part of this process and cannot ever thank them enough for their ongoing support. While losing 35 pounds and 3 sizes has been a plus, the real reward has been the friendships I have made through Fittrac and the sense of joy and well being I experience from working out. For me, the greatest strength of the Fittrac team members and coaches is their support and encouragement of the slowest person on the team as well as the fastest and everyone in between.
Joining Fittrac has been a wonderful experience. During my short time with the group, my workouts have improved 100% thanks to the help of a set schedule with 6 day a week coached workouts. The workouts are hard, yet rewarding and the coaches are awesome. It’s like a have a personal coach for each discipline, and Stacy’s enthusiasm can’t be matched. I can’t wait to test myself at my next race and measure the difference Fittrac has made in my training.
I have been a runner for several years and decided to shoot for a triathlons. I looked around for swimming classes as I am not a swimmer at all. I happened to find out about the kick off for FitTrac and I hit the jackpot! Not only have I learned AND come a long way in swimming, I have an incredible team that supports me and amazing coaches that help me in all areas of training. There are all levels of expertise in this group – from newbie’s like me to seasoned IRONMAN competitors…. all willing to share their experience and encourage each other along the way. If you are considering triathlon training – or if you want to brush up on one area (run bike swim) – join us! It’s a great family.
I wanted to run the White Rock Marathon with a Boston Qualifying time. I did it, and my body was not destroyed like it was when I trained myself for my first two marathons. Trey is very interactive with what type of event I am training for, and I am part of the FitTrac group. It is great!
“When embarking on a goal as arduous as completing an Ironman for the first time, choosing the right coach is critical.
I have participated in triathlons for over 5 years having slowly moved from sprint to Olympic to half Ironman distance. I am a wife, mother of 2 young children and hold a full time job outside of the house. In June of 2010, I signed up for the inaugural Texas Ironman. Initially I did not plan to hire a coach. With 7 months remaining until race day, I began to realize that I didn’t trust myself to make the right decisions during training to get me to the start. I interviewed a few coaches and confidently chose Trey Yost to guide me along my journey.
Training was extremely challenging for this event. Trey laid out my workouts weeks in advance which allowed me to mold my life around my training and make adjustments to the training plan far in advance when need be. He performed blood lactate testing on me for bike (HR and power) and the run in order to customize my training zones. Trey participated in open dialogue via email throughout the process. We met in person several times to discuss specific issues face to face. The combination of this customized plan and good daily nutrition guidance allowed me to increase my training volume dramatically without experiencing symptoms of overtraining. I was honestly amazed at what I accomplished with Trey taking such care to dial in my workouts exactly to my personal capability.
Figuring out race nutrition was a key component. Trey made it clear that good documentation of my workouts was critical for learning what I needed in terms of calories, fluids and salt. I learned so much about my personal needs through the trial and error of training, and with Trey’s guidance, we developed a nutrition plan that worked.
As race day approached, I was nervous and excited, but most of all I felt prepared. Trey had spent a great deal of time walking through the details of the race and applying everything that we had learned about me.
I dug deep inside of myself on race day. Everything that I experienced in the race that was difficult had been experienced before in training and I knew what to do. I followed the plan, pushed through the pain, and finished with a powerful stride in 14 hours and 25 minutes.
I am an Ironman.
Thank you, Trey.”
- Teri Glennon
“I had been curious about triathlons for about a year and it just so happened that I met Trey Yost around that same time. I didn’t think I could ever do one mainly due to the fact that I am not a good swimmer and I was not sure about open water swimming. Trey introduced me to the world of triathlons. He taught me how to swim, and coached me on my first sprint triathlon. I couldn’t even swim half a lap without gasping, choking or thinking I was going to drown! With his patience, knowledge, strategy and my determination, he had me swimming laps in no time and I raced an amazing first triathlon, taking 3rd place in my age group.
Trey you bring a unique skill and understanding of human performance and physiology that allows you to tailor what each individual needs to push beyond their comfort zone while minimizing the chance of injury. A good coach is not a cog that can be easily replaced…while anyone can cut and paste training plans, that doesn’t make them a valuable asset. For me, you integrated my strength training with my overall training plan…I couldn’t get that any other way. You are truly an artist of human performance!
Trey has always made me feel like my success is his first priority. I have a demanding job with a crazy work schedule. Trey works around my schedule to ensure I get the most out of my training, and peak my body for A races. I would highly recommend Trey to anyone that wants to become a better athlete. Trey is a killer coach that pushes his athletes to new levels! Great communication and honest feedback.”