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Did you ever train hard for a race, only to

give out before the finish?

COACH ANDY DID

Despite a record of finishing some of the most challenging races in the state, he did.

That painful event taught him the value of a good coach and inspired him to expand his Life Coaching practice into Race Coaching.

ANDY'S STORY


  • DISCOVERING A LOVE OF RUNNING

    Coach Andy Wooten started running in the 1980s with a group of military buddies. The group started running just to avoid gaining weight, but Coach Andy loved it! He kept running when he got to Colorado and made the most of the state’s low-oxygen atmosphere and mountainous terrain.

    He ran several races and tackled his first great running goal of finishing the Pikes Peak Ascent, a race he completed several times.

    FIRST RACES

    • 1995: Pikes Peak Ascent

    • 1998: Pikes Peak Marathon

    • 2007: Pikes Peak Double

  • TAKING ON THE CHALLENGE

    But what about the crowning jewel of high altitude races, the Leadville Trail 100? The Leadville is an ultramarathon, a 100-mile race through rugged terrain at 10,000 feet. It took 15 years from the time he got the idea before he would sign up for that race, but finally he was ready to make the commitment in 2008 to register and run it in 2009.

    He signed up.

    He trained hard.

    He made a fueling and hydration plan.

    On the day of the 2009 race, Andy was at the starting line.

  • 'THE WHEELS CAME OFF'

    The first 24 miles went well, but then he began to struggle. “The wheels came off at mile 40 and I didn’t make it to mile 50,” he explains.

    It was a painful lesson in how to prepare for a race. “I sat in my office and cried!”, he said of the aftermath. “I had put so much into it.”

  • 'I HAD TO PROVE I COULD DO IT'

    When the emotions started to clear, Coach Andy started to think about what he’d done wrong. “I was in over my head,” he said. “I had barely trained enough. I had never set foot on the course and had no real understanding of it.”

    He realized too that he was overwhelmed by the whole weekend and that had thrown him off so badly that he hadn’t even used the hydration and fueling plan he had put together.

    He wanted to try again, he wanted to prove to himself that he could finish this race, but if he was going to succeed he would need help.

  • SUCCESS

    He found the best coach available at the time and is living proof of the value of coaching. With the coach’s help, he carefully studied the race, trained and planned.

    Since that time, Coach Andy has finished the Leadville Trail 100 six times and the complete Leadman race series twice.

Today Coach Andy, a practicing Life Coach, uses his experience and comprehensive knowledge of running to train other runners. He uses a holistic, systematic approach to working with athletes and acts as a mentor, coach and facilitator.

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

Not only did Andy help better my physical health he changed my outlook on life. He knows when to encourage, when to push, and when to just listen. He individualized a run program to fit my hectic life and schedule. He checked in constantly to ensure I was on the right path. Thanks to Andy’s enthusiastic commitment I have a new foundation for a healthier, active lifestyle.

Yu Lee

Andy has motivated me to achieve personal goals I once thought unattainable on my own. I have been able to work through numerous injuries and personal issues and surpass goals I had set for myself over the past few years. I credit Andy for the successes he has helped me achieve and for the encouragement he has continually offered.

Stephanie Ruzicka

ARE YOU A COMMITTED RUNNER?

Coach Andy can help you meet your loftiest goals, even if you’ve failed before.
With the tools, the plan and the inspiration, you too can prove you can finish!

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