Right after college, I was looking for a way to be active and competitive at the same time. I took up running and in 2008 finished my first marathon, which was Chicago. After that I enjoyed running but wanted to do something along with running. I was interested in triathlon but I knew swimming would be my weakness. I was able to complete my first tri in the fall of 2009. I fell in love with triathlon racing. From there in 2010, I took on the challenge of completing my first half Ironman. I was still tackling marathons and kept my training up. I had to decide, was I going to attempt a full Ironman or not. I was in the best shape of my life and decided to do so. I was encouraged by Ryan McClymonds who also signed up to race Ironman Louisville in 2011. What an amazing experience to complete my first Ironman in 2011. From there, I wanted to improve my racing and overall shape. Ryan was training with Craig and then I was introduced to Craig at the Y.
Craig was a huge help and support as I decided to tackle another Ironman in 2012. During that year, I partnered with Craig to help with my training plan and techniques. I had a few swimming lessons, that improved how I swim. This helped me focus on the right techniques and swim stroke. Craig took my past background data from races and created a plan just for me. I will tell you he pushed me to my max, and it only helped me. He followed up on me and checked in on me. It wasn’t like he created a plan and said, “here you go”. He took what I did the week before, and then created the plan for the next week. Ryan, Craig and I would even run together in the mornings when it worked out. With Craig’s help, I was able to complete my second Ironman. That year I also ran my fastest half marathon, marathon and ultra marathon. I would highly recommend personalized training from Craig Culver, due to the professional coaching and support that he provides.