In December of 2007, Johanna Michel began her journey to multi-sport as a member of marathon training group Team Rio. She had been a smoker for 16 years and needed a big hairy audacious goal to quit. So rather than tell people she was going to quit smoking, she told them she was going to run a marathon. On April 26, 2008 she became part of the .5 of 1% to complete a marathon when she crossed the finish line of the Country Music Marathon in Nashville, TN
Thirteen years later Johanna has completed thirty marathons, including qualifying for Boston in Spring of 2010. With a swimming background, triathlon quickly became Johanna’s passion and in August of 2010 she completed her first Ironman in Louisville KY. Since then she has gone on to complete ten full Ironmans (Louisville x2, Wisconsin, Florida, Coeur d’Alene, Chattanooga, Arizona x2, Maryland & Lake Placid). “I am still not convinced that smoking wasn’t a much cheaper hobby” says Johanna. In 2012 she ran four marathons in four months and joined the Marathon Maniacs. To date, Johanna has completed marathons in eighteen different states earning her entrance into the 50 State Marathon club.
In 2012 Johanna became a USA Track & Field Level 1 Coach and spent four years coaching half and full marathon groups for Country Music Marathon through Team Rio & UCP Warriors. January of 2015 Johanna added her USA Triathlon Level 1 Coaching Certification and had a very successful first couple years coaching first time and seasoned triathletes from sprint to full Ironman distance. When she isn’t training and coaching you can also find Johanna behind the scenes working for Team Magic Multi-sport Event Management.