"I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to both of you for making Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz such a fantastic experience for me! You two were a big part of my success. The training plan that you gave me was challenging but I had faith that if I got through it, I would be prepared on race day. The strength training sessions and nutrition counseling made a tremendous difference. With your guidance, I had a clear plan on what I needed to eat and drink and when. During the race, I felt strong. I didn't have any muscle cramping or hungry moments which have been a problem for me in longer races in the past like the marathon.
One piece of advice that you gave me that really stuck in my head was to enjoy the race and relax...and let the day happen one minute at a time. That's exactly what I did. There were some awesome minutes like speeding down the winding hills of Swanton Road after a long uphill climb, and some not so great minutes like when I got punched in the face during the swim. But I just remained mentally calm and let those minutes happen. I enjoyed the good ones and let the difficult ones go. I didn't worry about how many miles I had left, I just raced one moment at a time."