Individualized Endurance Coaching
At Fiv3 Racing, we believe there is more than training plans in Endurance Coaching. Our coaching foundation is built around five non-training plan principles that result in success in long course endurance: hydration, nutrition, electrolytes, race planning and mental toughness. We pride ourselves in having a very personal coaching experience, it isn't just training for an event. It is balancing family life, travel, and work while focusing each workout on the goal of making you faster! No stone is left unturned. Our ideal athlete is looking for one or more of the 3 following season goals: Personal Records (PRs), qualifying for a World Championship and/or qualifying for the Boston Marathon. They also need to be prepared for a different coaching experience, one built around a tight-knit community, and a Coach who will have your Spouse's number in their phone.
Working Harder for you
Michelle (Shelly) Lake, a former collegiate swimmer and conference champion at the United States Naval Academy (Class of 1998), has been a USAT Level 2 Endurance Coach since 2013 and a USAT Level 1 Coach since 2010 after starting triathlon and road running races in 2006. Michelle is a 5 time Ironman finisher, 19 time 70.3 finisher, 4 time 70.3 World Championship qualifier, 7 time marathon finisher and 2 time USAT All American. Coach Michelle has coached people from their first triathlon, to their first long course race, to Kona Qualification (20 qualifications from 10 different athletes) all the way to coaching athletes that have earned the requirements needed for professional licenses. Coach Michelle is known for taking a 'whole athlete' approach with her clients, leaving no stone unturned to get every minute faster out of an athlete. She has worked with numerous athletes with intense travel and family schedules to make training work around many of life's demands. Her extensive experience is leveraged to specialize in athletes looking to make big improvements in the Ironman and 70.3 distance and attempt qualifications to World Championships and the Boston Marathon.
Kim Baumgartner has been a USAT Level 1 Triathlon Coach for 5 years after starting triathlon and running road races in 2009. A Kona qualifier (Executive Challenge), Boston Qualifier, and 5x Ironman finisher, she has tons of triathlon experience as well as a huge passion for the sport! She has coached at every level, from youth athletes, first time triathletes on up to first time Ironman athletes and all the way to Boston and World Championship Qualifiers. Kim prides herself on being able to push her athletes to new personal records, new distances, and lots of podiums. She takes a very personal approach to coaching - a problem solver by trade she has learned how to take an analytical approach to achieving results. As a mother of 2, Kim understands how life balance is important to training and assists her athletes in finding theirs. Kim specializes in athletes moving up from the shorter distances to long course and taking athletes to the next level. In addition to coaching adults, Kim has been the Head Coach of local kids triathlon team for the last 3 seasons.
Kevin Wright has been a Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) certified run coach for 3 years. He brings over twelve years of experience in year-round training and racing in endurance events from track events to long distance triathlons. The diversity of his experience allows Kevin to cater to athletes of all kinds with a wide range of goals. His racing resume in the past few seasons includes 4x half and full Ironman World Championship qualifications and 7x Boston Marathon qualifying times (3 of which during an Ironman). Kevin is also known for garnering the fastest amateur run split in half and full Ironman races (6 out of 6 in non-championship events). As an athlete striving to compete at a high level in his own right, Kevin is also able to offer training/racing methods that lead to success along with mistakes or pitfalls to avoid.
After years of coaching experience we found that giving one client more "attention" because that athlete signed up for a higher coaching level just did not work for us. Interaction levels came more naturally, when questions were asked, they were answered, and when workouts completed, they were commented on. When we needed an athlete to update Training Peaks or to give us a race schedule we asked for it, no matter the level. Feedback naturally went both ways. There was one way to coach, by how much interaction the client wished for, as well as how much was natural to get the athlete the fastest across the finish line.
The difference we found was in the distance of the key or "A" race of the season. Long course (Ironman or 70.3 for example) required more individual coaching focusing on the important "non-training" factors of nutrition, hydration, electrolytes, race planning and mental toughness. Five things that are not as imperative to succeed in short course racing. Our pricing is based on these fundamentals. You are either long course or short course. Fiv3 Racing does provide discounts for couples racing together as well as non-local athletes as described below. We provide occasional local to the DC area group training opportunities. We also provide single-sport packages in run, bike and swim only.
Blue Ridge Bike Camp (BRBC) - Coming Back 2022!
The camp runs Late April / Early May 2022. Starting in Front Royal Virginia the ride follows Skyline drive ~105 miles to Waynesboro Virginia. The second day is training in and around Waynesboro. The final day reverses the course along Skyline Drive arriving back in Front Royal to end the camp.
To say the camp is easy, would be a lie. To say it will beat you up, is an understatement. The course is tough, the course is long, and you will spend many hours in the saddle. Building an acceptable training volume to handle 8 hours on the bike is crucial. We will be there to support along the entire length of the rides, but we need you to be prepared physically and mentally to handle big volume. We can promise you that we will provide the best experience within our control. Finally, the weather on the mountain can range from middle 70's to low 30's with rain, fog and sleet. Be prepared for all conditions, especially unexpected cold snaps.
We have arranged a room block with the wonderful Marriott Residence Inn, Waynesboro. The site has a heated pool and hot tub to rest those weary legs post ride, there is also conference facilities to take in new information during camp presentations. For your main meals: Dinner (Day 1&2), Breakfast (Day 2&3), they will be provided by the camp or hotel. On course there will be sports drinks, bars, gels, pretzels, bananas, and light sandwiches that are easily digestible. This is to simulate race day conditions. Please let us know if you have any special dietary restrictions or requests.
Shenandoah National Park (Skyline Drive) and the Northern Section of the Blue Ridge Parkway is some of the most challenging and beautiful riding on the East Coast. At only about 1-1.5 hours from the DC area, BRBC is a convenient location for many. We do this camp in late April every year (this is our 7th annual camp!) because it's a perfect weekend to jumpstart training for spring and summer races. What makes this camp different? Pro level support. We provide all meals (home cooked dinners Fri/Sat, on the go lunches Fri/Sat/Sun and the hotel provides breakfast in the morning. We have numerous SAG vehicles so we know where each rider is at all times. Any SAG car that drives by (they patrol all day long) can stop and provide you what you need or get it from your SAG bag as necessary. We bring a mechanic along who patrols the route but also completes a thorough check of the bikes in the evening. Camp registration also comes with a unique camp bike jersey as well as other giveaways. During dinners the Camp coaches provide lectures and discussions applicable to camp. Camp is also sanctioned by USAT (additional fee of $15 dollars applies if not a current member). A truly 5 star event.
The camp price stays the same as last year, $489 not including hotel. Once you are signed up and confirmed, the room block registration code will be provided. This party fills up quick, it is a hot ticket so don't wait to sign up. If you are already a current coached athlete with Fiv3 Racing, you get 10% OFF!! Please Note, cancellations are only refunded at 50% by April 1. No refunds are available after April 1, and if we haven't recieved payment within 2 weeks of signing up your spot is no longer guaranteed.
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