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In 2011 I first learned how to swim and completed a half ironman race. Less than a year later, Eric became my coach and helped me complete Ironman Wisconsin. Eric quickly assessed my skills and devised a challenging and rewarding training plan. By race day I felt confident in my ability to complete this long endurance event. I fully enjoyed my training and learned a lot about my athletic skills. Eric was always very accessible and responded to my questions almost hourly. I learned how to train like an athlete, as well as enhancing my daily workouts. As a cardiologist and member of the American College of Sports Medicine, I continue to enjoy frequent conversations with Eric about exercise physiology. This furthers both our knowledge and professional expertise in sports science and athletic training.
Doctor Mike S.
Prior to meeting Eric, I exercised on a regular basis. However, I did not understand the difference between training and exercising. For the past two years, I have been training with Eric and I am very pleased with both my level of fitness and my race performance. I have placed in the top three within my age group for most of my races - Thanks to a wonderful coach!
As a lifelong athlete and physician, I feel confident in my ability to train and prepare appropriately for triathlon races and to meet my goals. Despite this fact, I continue to benefit greatly from the guidance and coaching skill of Eric Gauthier. I am 52 years old, a former collegiate gymnast, and triathlete for the last 12 years. In 2009, I committed to cycle 1000 miles over 10 days to raise money for charity and knew I would need help to ensure my success. Eric Gauthier had been an acquaintance of mine at that time and knowing his excellent reputation, I decided to hire him as my coach for this challenging event. Immediately, I knew this was a good decision. At our first meeting, Eric described the strategy of the training workouts and emphasized the key importance of nutrition and recovery. As my training progressed, Eric was very attentive to my development and always available for questions and concerns. In August of 2010, I completed my ride from Chicago to Colorado Springs without any difficulty in 10 days – 9 days of riding and 1 rest day in the middle. Despite blistering heat in the innumerable hills of Iowa, closed roads, detours, and an extra 20 miles on one of the longest scheduled days, I never felt truly bad on the bike. I never had a nutritional bonk or gastrointestinal distress. I recovered well each day. After reaching Colorado Springs, I celebrated and rested for three days and then hiked the Barr Trail 13 miles and 7000 vertical feet to the 14,000+ foot summit of Pikes Peak. No problem. I have no doubt my success was due to the excellent training I received from Eric and my dedication to his plan. As I presently participate in century rides, triathlons, and other cycling events, I continue to enjoy the benefits of Eric's coaching. Many of my cycling/triathlon colleagues of a variety of ages and skills are coached by Eric for their events, including Ironman distance tri's, and they too have had excellent results. I endorse Eric Gauthier's skill to coach and train athletes of all ages and abilities with my highest recommendation.
Doctor Bob M.
Eric is a highly competent and professional personal coach with a track record of excellence in tailoring training to individual needs and goals. Moreover, because he personally has attained elite level status as an athlete and along with his certifications this provides him with a strong coaching foundation. This coupled to his enthusiasm and very personal attention, and support, makes for a winning combination that produces results. I highly recommend Eric for coaching and training.
Doctor Rob I.
When I first started working with Eric I was a runner interested in competing in triathlon. Eric has helped me become a competitive triathlete in a relatively short period of time as I will be competing in my first full Ironman event later this year. I truly feel that my progress has been expedited and I would be nowhere near where I am today if I had not worked with Eric. His technique works well for me as I know what is expected of me each week and he is terrific about tailoring the training to fit my busy travel schedule. The service Eric provides is comprehensive in that we discuss training on a regular basis but included in our interactions are discussions on various topics including nutrition (ongoing training and race day), physical, mental and emotional preparation, equipment needs/recommendations, tracking progress against goals, as well as various other ad hoc topics. Eric's insightful feedback on my daily training activities is very helpful in making sure I know how I am progressing and also ensures that I am prepared come race day.
Eric helped me train for my first Ironman. He helped me build up my training from Olympic distance to 1/2 Ironman and finally a full Ironman. His training program was outstanding and got me more than ready for the Ironman. I felt so good after the race it makes you think how much harder you could have gone. Thanks Eric.
Eric brings two important qualities to his clients: professionalism and camaraderie. His experience in coaching allows me to grow as an athlete while his conviviality provides humor and support. Eric has a keen eye for detail and is able to tailor workouts to meet the individual needs of his clients. A hectic work schedule is no longer an "excuse" for me not to work out since Eric provides me with a manageable calendar of daily training. Consistent communication is a strong feature of Eric's coaching strategy. He is readily available for questions, comments and advice throughout every stage of training. My running has significantly improved as a result of his training advice.
Eric has helped me with all facets of learning and training for triathlon. He has just the right mix of serious encouragement and humor. His programs are challenging but always obtainable; helping you reach all your goals. For me, a great day at my first Ironman! I would recommend Eric for the beginner or experienced triathlete!
Doctor Joe B.