Alright, goal crushers in this episode we talk with Chris Holley. Chris is a 4-time Ironman finisher, adult swim coach, and triathlon coach. In this podcast, Chris talks to us about who he is, how he went from 400 pounds to 4-time Ironman finisher, and lastly, he gives new runners advice to help them crush their goals.



“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change” – Chris Holley

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Show Notes


  • 1:12 – Who is Chris Holley? – 4-time Ironman finisher, adult learn to swim coach and triathlon coach.
  • 1:59 – Chris shares his weight loss and gain story. “I working 60-80 hours a week and eating was out of convenience” “I ballooned up from there”
  • 3:38 – Time for some action – Learn when Chris knew he had to make a lifestyle change. – “I was using partying and drinking to deal with my depression” “I was not happy with I was”  “The first step was to get in the gym every  morning” “It was scary”
  • 7:55 – Learn how Chris discovered running. “I was able to run for a couple minutes before I had to stop” “ My first week of training was demoralizing” “battling the negative voice in my head was the hardest part”
  • 13:07 – Chris talks about obstacles she ran into while running “I remember popping Aleve several times”
  • 21:30 – Chris’ favorite running product.
  • 23:23 – What made Chris want to do an Ironman? “It’s like a drug”
  • 28:00 – Chris discusses one of her most difficult races and what he learned from it.
  • 33:20 – Chris gives advice to her younger/past self. – “Don’t sweat the small stuff”
  • 34:25 – Chris’ advice to new runners. – “Don’t be afraid to take the first step”
  • 46:24 – Chris’ goals! He’s raising money for Smile Train a charity that fixes cleft lips for children around the world.
  • 43:47 – Chris words of wisdom for goal crushers.

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