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Meet the talented team...

 
mark shaw
Mark Shaw - Partner in Total Body Fitness, Race Announcer, Multi-Sport Coach, Mountain Bike Coach, Travel Guide

My entry into the multi-sport life was the River of No Return Pentathlon in the summer of 1986. My best friend Bill Driskill convinced me to be his teammate in the race with two weeks notice. After a half mile swim in the Russian River, a ten mile canoe journey downriver, a one mile uphill canoe portage, a 9 mile rolling run and a twenty mile road bike I was unable to move and unable to wipe the smile off of my face. Over the next 5 years Bill and I tried to figure a way to make a living teaching multi-sport to others.  Bill got Total Body Fitness started in 1991 and I joined him in 1993. Total Body Fitness has grown into a multi-sport training, racing and travel company with a coaching staff and racing staff of over 40 people.

Going outside to play was the best part of growing up. Play was coming up with new games, designing obstacle courses, making skateboards, climbing trees, catching any thing we could, piecing together scraps for bike jumps, riding wheelies, playing sports, racing motorcycles, racing bicycles, finding triathlon and always looking ahead. As a TBF Coach, I get to share my passion and knowledge of play with others and encourage them to remove limits, set goals, get moving, have fun and enjoy life. The most rewarding part of being a TBF Coach is witnessing the change in the athletes as they gain confidence, build skills, stay motivated and develop a love for the multi-sport lifestyle.

May races for this year are Ironman China April 20, Auburn International Triathlon May 18th, Tri-For-Real June 8, Tri-For-Fun July 12, Vineman Half Ironman Triathlon July 20 and the Tahoe Sierra 100 on September 6th. My main goal is a sub-5 at Vineman Half.

 
 
Tim Sorensen Tim Sorensen - Multi Sport Coach, IRON Coach
 
 
MarkPoole Mark Poole - Multi Sport Coach
 
Chris Strutz Chris Strutz - Multi Sport Coach
 
 
spence gerber Spence Gerber - Multi-Sport Coach, Mountain Bike Coach

A lifelong runner and long time cyclist, Spence took the plunge and joined the multi-sport lifestyle several years back. With the help of TBF he has become reasonably amphibious, making the swim phase of triathlons something that he now enjoys. Spence appreciates the broad variety of events
multi-sport offers, and competes in sprint to iron distance road events as well as mountain bike off road triathlons. He has been a TBF assistant coach for three years and is currently a TBF Track Attack running coach. He especially enjoys sharing his experience and knowledge with those new to the
sport of triathlon. "Triathlon can be enjoyed by anybody, at any age and at any fitness level, so what are you waiting for?"

Testimonial
Anybody who says their first triathlon was perfect has a defective memory. My first triathlon was educational on need for preparedness and planning. I picked a TBF event for my first, and chose the MTB race instead of the sprint race because I was coming of a long lay-off and the run for the MTB event was one mile shorter than the sprint tri. Turns out that really didn't matter since I was so wiped out by the MTB ride that the run (my strongest segment), was more of a stumble. Of course the MTB ride came on the heels of my first open water swim experience, which served to prove that I really didn't know how to swim.

Despite a tough day, the sense of achievement having completed my first official triathlon and positive energy that came from the event and other
participants got me hooked. I immediately sought professional help (TBF Training) and am proof that a plan and some coaching can significantly move
you forward.

The multi-sport lifestyle has also had a positive impact on my professional life. Besides maintaining a level of fitness that keeps me sharper during
the work day, I'm constantly incorporating lessons learned multi-sport. The people that I've met through multi-sport continue to provide a level of
energy and support that I've rarely experienced in my life. That by itself is enough to keep me enthusiastic and excited about the years to come.

 
Laurie Hom

Laurie Hom - Multi-Sport Coach, Mountain Bike Coach

Laurie first joined TBF in the fall of 2001 when she took her first class from TBF, a Mountain Bike Class. Courtney Cardenas and Mark coached the class and she was hooked! She was not a big fan of running and not really a swimmer at all, but can do both now. Laurie's first ever triathlon was the Danskin Triathlon in 2002.

What Laurie enjoys most about coaching for TBF Training is the thrill she gets when she sees the athletes in the classes complete their first Triathlon. Laurie motivates and inspires herself. To complete any endurance event is a win for me, she says.

Her top goals for 2007 are the MTB Challenge Mountain Bike race in March, the Tri for Fun in July and the Disney Half Marathon in September. Laurie has competed in 2 triathlons, 3 duathlons, a half marathon and mountain bike races.

 
 
Becky Matsuoka
Becky Matsuoka

Becky Matsuoka first joined TBF in 2002 as a member of the TBF mountain bike class. Becky then joined our triathlon class where she credits TBF coaching and a friendly learning environment for her skill development in all three disciplines. Becky had great fun at her first triathlon finish at the River City Triathlon in 2003. Becky has been training, racing and traveling with TBF ever since.

Becky enjoys working with the TBF team as a triathlon coach. She loves meeting motivated people that want to learn and enjoy a new multi-sport lifestyle.

On May 12, 2007 she became the 19th person to climb Doi Pahom Pok (2285 meters - Chiang Mai, Thailand) on a mountain bike. Her top goal this year is to master the one-mile swim in open water. She says the many spirited people of TBF help her stay motivated to perform better as a coach and athlete.

 
Tiffiny Ferrell

Tiffiny Ferrell

1. How you got started with TBF - For a few years, I wanted to get involved with triathlon, but knew I wouldn't be able to do it on my own. I had been involved in group workouts before and enjoyed having others to train with and the camaraderie. I found TBF and the rest is history!

2. 2008 Training and Racing Goals - On August 3rd, I hope to finish my first Olympic distance triathlon with TBF!

3. What you enjoy most about being a TBF Triathlon Coach - Triathlon has renewed my love for swimming. Swimming is the sport about which most people say, "I can't". I want them to say "I can!" I love to sit at the finish line of a race and watch triathletes cross the finish line! It never ceases to be inspiring, no matter how many times I see it!

4. Your first triathlon and best triathlon race moment - My first triathlon was a sprint in 2007 with TBF and I was on a high when I finished! I couldn't wait to do another one.

My best triathlon moment was forgetting my concern over sharks during a triathlon swim in the ocean. There were two girls in my wave group kicking my butt and all I wanted to do was catch them! Sharks? What sharks?

 
Carrie Nutter

Carrie Nutter

While signing up for my first triathlon I stumbled across TBF's training program and decided to join. After my first class and the completion of my first triathlon (golden state 2006) I was addicted. In 2007 I focused on improving my times and overall fitness. At the end of 2007, Mark asked me to help coach swimming.

My favorite part of coaching is watching the athletes run up the hill to T1 after their first half mile swim. The smiles on their faces is extremely rewarding. My best memories of triathlon are the finish line celebrations with my friends.

In 2008 my goals are to complete my first half marathon (completed) my first olympic distance (completed) and my first half ironman (barbs race august 2nd).

 
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