Anje Dowler
I competed in my first 70.3 Ironman in 2016. The best decision I made was to hire Johanna as my coach.I was a runner and a cyclist already but had no clue about swimming or doing all three at the same time for that matter!! Johanna wrote out a very detailed program for my training. She helped me focus on my weaknesses to make me a stronger racer. With ever workout she checked in. If there was ever a question or issue, she would address it immediately. She was a God send through my training. I think the most important thing Johanna gave me was 24/7 support. There were many times I wanted to quit, but Johanna encouraged me and got me excited again. There were long conversations on the phone talking me through fears and questions. Johanna genuinely cares and because she has completed so many of her own Iron Mans, she can relate to to what you are going through. From workout to nutrition to transition to support, there isn’t a better coach than Johanna. I can NOT recommend her enough. Don’t race without Coach Johanna!
Annette Miller
I’ve known Johanna for almost four years now. We were introduced when I decided to train for my first half marathon with Team Rio. I remember the first time we met in January 2013 after a 3 mile training run. I had found out a couple days before that I was chosen to be part of CNN’s 2013 Fit Nation team, where I would be training for my first triathlon. A mutual friend said, “come here Net, you have to meet Johanna…she does Ironmans for fun.” I loved her as a coach and more importantly as a person from the moment I met her. She understands people and all the baggage that comes with us. She doesn’t coach someone just to have a client; she genuinely cares about people and what they’re going through.There have been a number of races since 2013; some were PRs, some were barely finished, but in 2016 one didn’t get to start. We started training in March 2016 for the July 9th Muncie IM 70.3. Racing has taught me that my happiest days are race days, I smile through every mile. When we started training for Muncie, I was still working though a lot of depression and anger after my mother’s death in 2014. I had lost my happy. Training was hell, in the best way. I had more aches and pains than I knew possible, but I would trudge my way through, just trying to get my smile back. I told Johanna the good, the bad and the ugly of my days and she listened.When you least expect it, life happens. A month before race day I found a lump on my breast. My doctor sent me for a mammogram, ultrasound, etc. and the person in the waiting room was Johanna. She was the one that saw my face, when one doctor told me he was sure it was cancer. She wasn’t my coach, she was my friend and the true ones are hard to come by these days. Long story short, it was not cancer. I did have to have surgery two weeks before the race to remove the lump which knocked me out of Muncie 2016.I’ve already signed up for Muncie 2017 and with Johanna I know I’ll get through it with 70.3 miles of smiling.
Christy Hammond
I started training with Johanna in early 2015. I had been a runner since 2010 and had completed multiple half and full marathons. I had never done a triathlon. My goal: to be an Ironman. I hadn’t ridden a bike more than 10 miles since I was in middle school and I hadn’t swam a lap in the same amount of time. But I wanted to be an Ironman and Johanna was going to get me there. Johanna created customized workouts and training plans to get me through my first sprint triathlons, my first Olympic triathlon, and then my first half Ironman. I received constant feedback on my progress and she adjusted my plans as needed. I continued my training into 2016 with my goal race in sight. Johanna pushed me through my training and I was feeling ready until I had a severe eye injury 6 weeks before race day. I couldn’t work out for 3 weeks. Johanna worked with me through my injury, adjusted my training for my last few weeks, and readjusted my goal time. Come race day, I finished my first Ironman just 18 months after I started triathlon training. Johanna was with me every step of the way and I couldn’t have done it without her.
Suzanne McLemore
I’ve worked with Johanna for about 6 months and have seen good progress in all 3 areas of triathlon. My goal has always been to lower my times with each race and I’ve seen my times come down through her training methods and mentoring. Johanna makes me work hard and she listens and customizes my workouts so that I can improve on my weaker areas. We talk after each race so that she can adjust my training and suggest changes to make the next race go better. She is easy to reach whether by phone, text, or email and is prompt in responding. I’m excited to continue working with Johanna.
Jackie Stammen
When you’re a coach and you’re constantly being motivated, encouraged, and enlightened by your co-coach, you know you are in the presence of someone special. Johanna has so much passion and heart for athletes, sports, and guiding people on their journey to reach goals and squash false boundaries. I had the pleasure of co-coaching for a long distance run team with Johanna for four years. What an honor it was to work alongside her and learn from her extensive experience and wisdom. Johanna is simply the best of the best!