Here are some thoughts and comments from our athletes...
"I am extremely grateful to be a part of the team and there's a reason I have stuck with and believed in their training methods since 2004 (and continue to do so despite living in a different state). Since racing with them, I've gone from 5k runner to multiple World Championship qualifier (70.3 and IM) and I haven't had a race that I would classify as "bad," given my fitness level. Sure, there are times that I would consider "slow" compared to my potential, but that was always from a lack of fitness due to my personal endeavors and schedule. Every time I stick to the training plan and race plan, I have a good race. With the unpredictability of Ironman distance triathlons, Bettina has a remarkable track record at not only getting athletes across the finish line, but also at getting the athletes to have very strong, evenly paced Ironman races.
Thanks to Bettina's patient, logical, and smart approach to my development as an athlete, I am now preparing to race my second Ironman World Championship next month, and I can't wait to share the experience with her there!"
- Joshua Terwoord - 2x Ironman World Championship Finisher
"I have use racelab for 4 years now for my Training, I have a very busy work schedule and I love the individual training plan that Head Coach Bettina designs for my life style. With her training, not only have I placed in races but she has trained my body to use fat as fuel. As a distance runner and triathlete, racelab is a fantastic resource to make improvement. The friendly atmosphere is what drew me to them and the high level of coaching will keep me there."
- Beverly Crupi
"Racelab is not a typical training group, Racelab is an extended Family! That clearly starts with the leaders of the group. From the Coaches, Bettina, Patrick, Johann to Andy Krebs & Dave Marks….. there is a feeling of inclusion from the first interaction with each and every person involved in racelab. I’m not a “Joiner” I have always thought that the Tri Clubs, Cycling Clubs could be and would be beneficial to my training and my overall health, however just never wanted to join a group! I was convinced by Andy that it would be a good thing to check out Racelab. I joined and cannot believe what a great choice this has been for me! I have gained so much physically and mentally from my involvement with Racelab, that mere words do not begin to convey the overwhelming gratitude that I feel, each and every day. Today during swim I realized that each Racelab member inspires others in so many ways. The healthy competition that is abundant during workouts and the words of encouragement between each member for their upcoming events or training just flow in all directions. Sure, I have received top notch physical training and coaching, which is great and why I signed up, but the experiences, friendships and life coaching that I have received from Bettina has been the real benefit of my involvement in Racelab!"
- Jim Sweet
"At the age of 50, I decided to run my very first half marathon. I also tried a few sprint triathlons. While I truly enjoyed the experience of the races, I suffered a few minor injuries and really had a tough time staying motivated for training by myself. 2 years later, I am still an amateur athlete, but I decided I was tired of taking an "amateur" approach to being an athlete. I attended one of Racelab's clinics at a local tri-shop and was so impressed with the professionalism and knowledge they portrayed at the clinic that I decided it was time to step up my training. I am now a part of the Racelab family. I appreciate the professional coaching and enjoy participating in group training sessions. It's amazing how each athlete is given an individual plan, but can still feel like they are part of a team. Regardless of age, training level, goals, etc., Racelab manages to come up with interesting, challenging, yet "doable" weekly training schedules for each of their athletes. I look forward to completing my first Olympic Triathlon this Spring and am confident the Racelab team will be there to help me accomplish my goals."
- Cindy Rash
"What sets Racelab apart is the feeling of family and the genuine caring that the coaches and team members have for each other. racelab is a family which provides camaraderie, friendship, and support that goes beyond the track, the pool, and the road."
- Paul Townsley
"I joined Racelab in 2006 to prepare for my first marathon. Previously I had run to keep in shape without any true guidance or direction. Although I was just a 50 year old "age grouper", from my very first team workout, I felt like a valued member of the Racelab family. My workouts have always been perfect for my ability and my schedule. Under the guidance of Bettina Warnholz, I have completed three marathons and two Arizona Ironmans plus numerous shorter races. I look forward to many other competitions with the help of the Racelab family."
- Robert Koch
"A triathlon is always something I wanted to achieve. Past goals: a marathon...been there ....done that. Hey...a max goal for bench press? Check...done that. Now...training and competing in a triathlon? Hmmm...that was one lifetime ambition definitely left undone. My first step toward that realization was accepting an invitation from Racelab to complete a “first time” triathlon. I was impressed with the triathlon pitch, but wasn’t completely sold until I embarked on my training. Intimidating at first? You bet. As I joked with my friends, my swimming experience was limited to “cannonballs” and dunking friends growing up in an above ground pool in New York. Biking? Hey...that was something I did a very long time ago. Fast forward...I completed the Nathan Sprint Triathlon with incredible coaching, inspiration from fellow Racelab teammates, and a renewed focus on physical activity and accomplishment. I can honestly say...the best decision I made in 2011 was to join Racelab...I’m now part of a group of athletes who inspire each other, care about each other, and are trained/mentored by a coaching leadership team who is absolutely superb."
- Brian Smith
"I joined Racelab 10 yrs ago and it has taken my running to a whole other level in so many ways. The only training group I was ever exposed to was in high school (30 yrs ago)- just the faster runner's seemed to get the attention. I didn't feel that I belonged. I was slow and quit the team after 1 month, but loved running and kept at it. Although I tried to train seriously as a runner, I didn't really know how. I believe it was because I didn't have the tools I needed or the support of other runners. When I discovered Racelab, it was like a dream... I never knew that runner's of different abilities could all train together. We encourage each other and applaud each other's achievements, no matter what level we are at. This is what I was looking for when I started my running journey: a sense of belonging with other runners.An important aspect for me is the individual attention each runner receives. The coach will point out suggestions to whoever needs it while she watches us run on track night. Those suggestions have helped me work on specifics in my running form. I would never have realize what I needed to improve on unless it was pointed out to me. Obviously hard work, discipline and dedication are the most important things if one wants to be a good athlete in whatever sport they do, but without a coach pointing out what corrections need to be made as she or he watches you, one can continue to make the same mistakes. An option which I use is the personalized schedules. Bettina knows when to push me hard and when I should back off a little. It would be a little challenging for me to navigate that without her imput. Thanks to the combination of my dedication to improve as a runner and coach's invaluable help, I'm running better than I ever thought possible and maximizing my running potential. I am a competitive runner; I no longer sit on the sidelines wishing I was a good runner and that I could compete. With Racelab's help and support, I'm achieving those dreams."
- Sharon Berger
"VO2 Max Testing is the best measure of an individual’s metabolism and physiology. By putting a testing patient under incremental stress loads, I am able to measure through gas exchange (Oxygen consumption, Carbon Dioxide Production) how and where the body is utilizing its fuel sources (Carbohydrate and Fat). Testing can be performed on the bicycle (stationary trainer) or running (Treadmill). Heart Rate is measured through a wireless monitor and gas exchange is measured through a facial mask that is connected to a full Metabolic Measuring Cart. As stress in increased to the body (speed increase on the treadmill, resistance increase on the bicycle) the body will use and change its fuel sources depending on intensity and fitness levels.
I personally have tested over 4500 people in my career so far and have yet to have 2 tests come out the same. Everyone is so individualized and unique. General population charts circulate out there (Males 220-age, Females 226-age,=Max Heart Rate). These charts on based on the general population and no individual is the general population. Testing specifically tells me what is going on with an individual’s physiology and metabolism.Testing is just one component to the entire picture. It’s not just the numbers but how an individual is utilizing the numbers.
I have been Testing Racelab athletes for many years now. Bettina and the entire crew at Racelab have been using these numbers in comprehensive training plans. It is so much fun for me to meet and test all the athletes. What a great group of people. What is even more incredible, is to see how these athletes improve their fitness levels and reach and exceed their training/racing goals. Through Bettina’s and Gus’s guidance, their athletes have an advantage. I have seen every single one of their athletes through their heart rate training plans reach levels they would have never achieved without it. These athletes are achieving the most with every workout they perform. The biggest bang for the buck. This is clearly represented in an increase in fitness, overall feeling better, recovering better, and performing better. This would not be achievable without a solid training plan. I think Bettina is one of the best coaches I know. I would recommend her /Racelab to anyone. Not only a great person, but she knows her stuff. I have hundreds of scientific testing data to prove it."
- Jeff Kitchen, Director of Exercise/Metabolic Testing
"After bumbling my way through my first year of triathlon, I decided that maybe, just maybe, I could do a half Ironman. I met with Coach Bettina and shyly explained what I wanted to do and understanding maybe I couldn't do it. Bettina not only assured me I could, but it would be great! She was right! With her training and guidance and her never-ending encouragement and positive energy, I completed my first Half Ironman and racelab is guiding me to my first Ironman this year. Coach Bettina has designed a training schedule that meets the needs of my busy life with a full-time job and another sport in which I compete. All the other athletes accepted me right away and made me feel comfortable and included. From training at ASU track, to racing in Rocky Point, Mexico, we always have fun while getting faster, stronger and better. This team and coaches all care about each other and racelabreally is my second family."
- Ana Carlson
"I have always been fit, but I have never consider myself athletic enough to race, then at the age of 36 I started running. I ran on my own just copying online stuff and finished my first full marathon good but physically burned out. Then I found racelab, I called Bettina and despite my off schedule working every weekend during that time, she wrote specific plans for me to complete my fastest full, the Chicago Marathon. Since then, no turning back I have completed 12 marathons, 3 ultras and I'm training to be a triathlete. Let me tell you, training with a group like racelab is amazing. There are days in your training that you feel high and lows physically and emotionally but with the coaches and members so supportive of each other, the mood changes to being motivated. I always look forward for our group activities whether it is swim, bike or run. I love my racelab family, they keep me HAPPY!"
- Richelle Miller
"I have been training with Racelab for several months and it has been a great experience. They will help you with your swimming and running technique. Being in a group environment will push you to more than you thought possible."
- Derek Helbert
"Racelab has made significant impact to my life. Articulating every aspect of this would take a very long timer to write and read. Suffice it to say that athletically, intellectually, socially and even spiritually, I have improved significantly from my work, training and friendship with Racelab. From countless swimming form corrections, to very detailed specific training plans, to VO2 Max tests, to constant encouragement and advice, Racelab never ceases to go beyond my expectations. In fact, I absolutely must thank them for my life in endurance athletics and my work in the endurance athletic industry."
- Leger Stecker
"I wanted to send a quick thank you note for your help over the last few months in training for my first race. Without your superior coaching and guidance, I could not have completed my first race. I came to you with a goal back in December, and that was to complete just one triathlon. Before the race yesterday I was signed up for 3, and will be adding a couple of more to complete my goal of a half ironman by the end of the year. I have seen the changes in my abilities over the last few months, but I have seen significant changes in Damarys’ capabilities. Every training session she gets faster, and it is awesome to be a part of her completing her goals as well. My wife and I had a great time today, even after I finished waiting for the other athletes to finish their races. It was great to be part of a team, and not just an individual athlete racing. There are many choices for coaches, and I am so glad I found a coach that not only treats their athletes like a part of their family, but will also run with them at the end of their long race to motivate them. Thank you Racelab!"
- Michael Nimeth
"Racelab" is total comraderie, friendship, and support, not to mention incredible fun. Racelab keeps me injury free, while at the same time, focused, true and accountable to my training. It is the most wonderful feeling on the race course to have the support of your yellow team mates, not to mention that amazing feeling of racing to the finish line and being cheered on by our sea of yellow!."
- Diane Labban
"How do you get a group of people to support one another during competition by all wearing yellow, cheering each other on while the athletes compete within themselves instead of each other? I believe the answer is attention to the person's strengths and weaknesses and translating it to individual success. That's Racelab, along with some parties, dancing and beer."
- Nora Carrillo
"Racelab is a group of POSITIVE, MOTIVATING, FRIENDS who genuinely care about you, form friendships while training to do a sport that a small percentage of the world does. Most people I know have never even heard of a triathlon but these people, THIS GROUP surpasses the meaning of genuine friendship and sportsmanship!"
- Damarys Nimeth