Today, Megan shares how Fire Eye Fitness took her from barely running a 5k to competing annually in the Muncie 70.3 Ironman.
“When I first walked through the doors of Fire Eye Fitness, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the class, the trainer or even of myself. I had neglected my fitness for quite some time and to get myself ‘back on track’ I decided I needed ‘something different’ and Fire Eye Fitness seemed to be the only place in Indy that offered boxing classes for the ‘average Jane’.
At that time, I had one 5k race under my belt from about a decade earlier, I had no idea what an ‘Ironman’ was and definitely didn’t know what the heck an OCR (obstacle course race) comprised of. Further, I didn’t consider myself much of an athlete. If you had told me at that time that in just a few short years I would successfully complete countless competitive races ranging from half marathons, to obstacle course races, including the Spartan World Championship, as well as two Ironman 70.3 competitions, I wouldn’t have believed you and definitely wouldn’t have believed that I was capable of achieving such feats.
That was then. Then I met Todd Beattie. Through training with Todd and attending his classes at Fire Eye Fitness, I began to realize that I AM an athlete and the sky is the limit to what I am capable of achieving.
What I have discovered from Fire Eye Fitness and from training with Todd is far more than the ‘something different’ I was initially in search of.”
Through training with Todd, I have achieved an entirely new level of fitness.
As an accomplished athlete himself, Todd knows that the challenges of competitive racing and that the months of endless training are much more than physical challenges. He knows what it’s like to have to juggle work, family, training and life in general and that in order to achieve greatness on the course, you must learn to train the entire athlete, physical, mental and emotional.
How and when I ‘decide’ to take on my first Ironman 70.3 is still somewhat of a mystery, however, I do know Todd had a heavy hand in introducing me to Ironman and convincing me it was something worth my while. But what convinced me more than anything to take on this physical feat was the fact that I had a trainer in Todd, who not only was willing to work with me every step of the way, he also believed in me. That was the spark that ignited a passion for endurance sports and has put me on the road to continue to challenge myself and fine the ‘something different’ in physical fitness as well as in life.
Through mental breakdowns, PR’s, bad training days, days of major gains and even injuries, Todd’s training approach keeps you AND your head in the game. He is with you every mile along the way. He literally was with my the last mile of Ironman Muncie 70.3 in 2014 when during the last mile of the run, he caught up to me pushed me through to the finish line and to a new course PR by nearly 15 minutes!
I continue to grow as a person physically, emotionally and mentally. Each year my training improves, my knowledge base for endurance sports multiplies and I learn to train smarter as I continually challenge myself. None of this would have been possible with out Downtown Boot Camp and Todd Beattie as my trainer. He has provided me with a training base and a direction that has propelled my trajectory.
I am currently preparing to take on my first Ironman in Lousiville. My journey will be long and full of highs and lows, but as I embark on this journey training for close to a year to prepare myself to take on 140.6 miles, I know I have a trainer and friend in Todd. On those tough training days, which are sure to be expected, where I questions why I am doing this or if I even can, I am reminded that not only do I have a strong training base from working with Todd but also his support and that of the entire Downtown Boot Camp family and that their belief in me is often enough to get me through that tough swim, bike or ride.
You never know, until you TRI!!! We’ll see you at Ironman Muncie 70.3 again in 2015! “
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