Testimonials from e3 Athletes
Training to bring out the best in you
Triathlon training cannot come from a textbook or a class in a hotel. If you want to use years of experience and knowledge to attain your absolute best and go outside the bounds of “normal” you have to train with Eric!!! I have know Eric quite a few years as a Mentor, friend and fellow Triathlete (and coach). I have seen him in action as a Coach and athlete, he will give you his absolute best so you can perform on Race Day. He knows how to train your mind and Body, and bring the best out of YOU!!! So “Train with the Tribe” you won’t regret it.”
– Anthony Lee Level II USAT Level II USAC Senior Elite Coach Vanguard Triathlon
Benefits beyond expectations
Previously, I was a self-coached age-group triathlete. I hired Eric for two specific purposes: to improve my swim, and to overcome recurring running injuries in my calves I had been battling for 3 years. To my surprise, the first benefit I saw was increased strength and speed on the bike, even though I was only getting in 30-40 miles a week. Through modest revisions in my running technique, I am putting less strain on my calves and have not had a recurrence of the injury–what a blessing! The structure and volume of my swim workouts have improved my speed and strength such that I’m no longer dependent on a wetsuit to be at my best for the swim. Believe it or not, I now prefer non-wetsuit races.
With a family of young kids and a demanding job, I do not have much time to train, so I have to make most of every workout I can squeeze in. Eric worked closely with me to develop a “menu” of swim, bike, run, and brick sessions that I can choose from as my schedule allows. With Eric’s training plan and coaching expertise, I had a successful 2011 with no injuries, a couple of AG victories, 1st military at Rocketman (Olympic distance), and 3rd overall at Heel and Crank (sprint duathlon). Thanks for everything, Coach!
- Tom Gale, FCA Endurance Teammate
Maximizing potential with The Tribe
I had never been an athlete until I started cycling at the age of 45 and quickly found my first passion. After two years of riding with friends and finishing a couple of centuries, I decided to jump into the triathlon world, although I had absolutely no experience swimming or running. I joined a gym and struggled to train on my own by learning everything I could on the web, in books and magazines, and from the few novice triathletes that I knew. I raced a couple of sprint tri’s with marginal success, mid-pack at best in my age group.
Then I met Eric! He was experienced, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and genuinely interested in transforming me into the best athlete I could be. Even though I really didn’t believe in myself and my abilities, Eric always did. He is a true motivator! After taking a long hiatus due to personal, business, and health issues, I started back on my triathlon journey in February 2010.
It was time to Train with the Tribe!! Mindful of me recovering from shoulder surgery, Eric developed the training plan to take me from zero to finishing a Half Ironman in 8 months. Even with significant struggles with injuries during this time, Eric was always. He really is part friend, part coach, and part psychologist. After successfully overcoming all the hurdles that came my way, the focused training improved my race performances from mid-pack to consistently being in the top 10 age group. I completed my first Half Ironman at the Augusta 70.3 race with a better than expected finish and then immediately set my sights on the Ironman distance.
Eric’s Ironman experiences have been invaluable in guiding my physical and mental training and fully preparing me for the big race. Sure it’s a huge commitment and it takes a lot of training, but the journey is unbelievably rewarding. And Eric and The Tribe have been there every step of the way. Ironman Florida will be my first full distance race, and I’m prepared, not just to finish, but to finish STRONG!! Eric says I still don’t even know what my potential is but I’m sure he will find it. Can Kona be far behind?
- Ed Blalack
Eric does the worrying – I just follow the plan
I am stronger and faster than I ever thought possible! In a few weeks I will stand on the beach in PCB before IMFL knowing I am well prepared and able to finish.
Almost a year ago I signed up for an ironman distance triathlon. For the next six months I floundered around trying to find a training plan that would work for me and get me to the start of the race prepared and healthy. It was becoming painfully obvious I was in way over my head and I needed help. I had considered a coach but really thought coaches were only for “serious” athletes… Guys with 2% body fat who can run 5 minute miles with ease…not for middle age plodders like me.
I knew Eric would be a great coach for serious guys with serious speed, but i wasn’t sure he would be able to help someone like me. I couldn’t have been more wrong and I couldn’t be happier with Eric’s coaching or my progress this season! I was afraid he would ask me to do things that were too hard for me but my training sessions have never been impossible…hard, yes. challenging, you bet but beyond my reach…never.
Eric had always been there to tell me when to take time off and when to push harder. He has been supportive and encouraging each step of the way. Ready to help with a kind word or a kick in the seat and the wisdom to know which i needed most at the time. Perhaps the best part of training with Eric is I don’t have to worry if I am doing the right workout at the right time. He does the worrying…I just follow the plan.
I can swim and bike faster than I ever thought I possible. I have made more progress in the pool in the last six months with Eric’s help than i did in the prior two years of lap after mindless lap. I went from being the slowest swimmer in my age group to standing on the podium…in just a few months.
- Gayle Reese, Huntsville, AL