After my last Ironman 70.3 in August of 2015 I was having real shoulder pain. I rested it for about a month, but swimming was still painful. I had been working with [movement coach] Lucas for months trying to get ready for the race but never addressed the shoulder. We had been focusing on the knee surgery I had in May of 2015 for a torn meniscus. I was able to complete the Ironman 70.3 event only 11 weeks post knee surgery, so I was elated. The shoulder was our next focus. As we worked on general strength and power for my lower body, we really started to focus on better shoulder position and flexibility. Like anything in life worth having, it took a lot of work, but after 5 months the shoulder was better. I am swimming without pain and as fast as last year.
I continue to train with Lucas to keep my body strong and mobile enough to absorb the volume of training I do every week. I am doing two full Ironman races this year, and Lucas is an integral part of my team. He works to keep my soft tissue, muscle and joints healthy enough to get through my swim, bike, run training. I learned the importance of this the hard way after my Ironman Florida of 2014. That was my first full distance Ironman, and while I finished, it was clear to me that I needed more strength to make it to the start line healthy. That's why pre-habilitation is so important, and Lucas is a must in my training.
Throughout my life I have always had a dream of wanting to be strong, but never pursued it due to a fear of others' judgement, low self-esteem and lack of confidence within myself. That was until one day I had grown tired of what I had become, overweight.
I decided to join a gym to better myself, but little did I know that the people I would meet along the way would help me change my life, one individual in particular,
I was hesitant at first due to the fact I was new and had no idea what I was doing. I tried the typical fitness methods, with treadmills and dumbbell curls, but I had no direction on where I was going until I met [movement coach] Lucas Woody.
Lucas introduced me to high intensity training and mobility training. When we met I discussed what I wanted out of my fitness endeavors and ultimately with his help, I was able to reach higher levels of fitness I never thought possible.
Through vigorous training and a change in diet, plus an overall attitude change I was pushed to new limits which increased my overall strength, endurance and other attributes of fitness. With this new found me, I even took on obstacle racing, including Spartan Races. With Lucas' help, I obtained a trifecta medal that still,to this day, blows me away knowing I earned something that was so difficult. Without his help, I would have never pushed to obtain it and this was a huge accomplishment in my life.
In the future, I hope to continue obstacle course races, as well as compete in the CrossFit Open.
[Movement coach] Lucas always came motivated to make me better, and internally motivated me to be the best I could be, giving real game like scenarios to all of our exercises. He always listened to the things I wanted to better myself at, and applied them into our workouts. At the same time, being the professional, he saw my weaknesses and helped me excel through them.
Lucas helped me reach many personal goals throughout high school and college. Despite my shortened career, having the opportunity to play Division 1 college football in Florida is a direct reflection of how hard Lucas pushed me to never quit for anything.
Achieving the many goals I had in my athletic career did not come easy and could not have been achieved without Lucas pushing me to always better myself. The discipline he taught me in the gym goes far beyond a weight room or a football field but transfers into my day to life as a Vice President of a multi million dollar company in Naples, Florida the same never quit, keep pushing mind set continues to be the driving force behind everything I do, and I'm grateful for all the lessons in fitness and beyond Lucas gave me.
In June 2010, I let my husband talk me into doing a half marathon. I had done several 5Ks at this point, and had done large group fitness since 2002. I thought to myself how hard can this be? Well turns out that I’m not a speedy runner, so in order to complete training for the half marathon I had to forgo my beloved large group fitness. I ran on days when I liked it and even on days when I did not! The end result of my plan was loss of muscle tone, and a very angry IT band, which plagued me throughout the whole process.
Finally the big day came in November 2010! The first 5k wasn’t bad, the first 10K wasn’t horrible, then about mile 6.5 my IT band decided it was very angry, and became angrier with every step! At mile 10ish I was passed by an elderly man(which I think at his age was awesome for being out there), at which point I was mentally done! When I got to the finish line I can not remember ever being so miserable! I swore I would never run again, and soon returned to group fitness.
When my husband and daughters signed up for the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon in 2012, I happily said, I will go and support you, but do not ask me to run. My husband ran the full and my two daughters ran the half, I was at the finish line for all of them, thinking "...why am I not running??" In 2013, my daughter asked me to join her in the race. I said "I don’t think I can,"....famous last words. I decided if I was going to be able to make this work I needed some help with training and a plan of some sort.
I had heard of [movement coach] Lucas through a friend who had tremendous results after working with him. It was in July 2013 I had my first session with Lucas, I remember being very nervous, hoping to not disappoint (mainly myself). After a few sessions, things I used to find difficult were getting easier! I was, and still am shocked at times at the things that I can do. Wondering if I could do a half marathon without injury quickly turned into "how much better can I make my time?"
November 2, 2013 I lined up on the start line feeling very excited to see what I could do! My first 5k was 1:40 faster than my best 5k, my first 10k was 6 minutes better then my best 10k, and overall finished a full 10 minutes better then the last!! This time I enjoyed the entire run, the cheering spectators, the great signs, the little kids passing out high fives along the way, and finished the race with a huge smile on my face! My journey through personal training has given me a new attitude towards my overall fitness.