success. Meaning I felt comfortable talking to my coach so that if something felt off, too tired or sick, he could adjust my training. I also had a season of injury and my coach helped me navigate this difficult time which would have potentially otherwise ended my season. With his guidance I was able to properly cross train, stay fit, and start the race with fresh legs, feet and mentally able to give it my all.”
Andrew agreed with Michelle, also attributing her success to her disposition. As Andrew explains, “The most remarkable thing about Michele is her overwhelming positivity and self-confidence. She is an athlete that I know is always listening and absorbing the dialog we have on a phone call. The phone calls always give her the ability to push harder, go into races with confidence and a positive attitude.”
While Michelle primarily competed in trail running races, she adapted a training plan which encouraged her to spend more time cross training. This flexibility in her training allowed for her to avoid injury while still getting the needed training in order to stay competitive. Of course, Michelle’s dedication to training helped her find ways to adapt to avoiding injury while remaining consistent in her training. Her honesty and hard work paid off in her amazingly strong finish at the Pikes Peak Ascent, three months after starting her training with Andrew.