The Triathlon Coach Life Guide - Raeleigh Harris - Chief Endurance Officer - Episode # 017

Welcome to another captivating episode! Today’s guest is an elite-level age group triathlete and an accomplished coach, she focuses on helping people of all ages and abilities, she has completed hundreds of triathlons and multi-sport events, including four 70.3 World Champ, world Ironman Championships, becoming an age group world champion in 2016. Introducing Raeleigh Harris, Director and Head Coach at NDURUS. Raeleigh partners with host Gregory McDonough to unveil the transformative potential of training as a means to bolster athletes' resilience against the multifaceted challenges they encounter.

  • The enduring mindset has profoundly shaped her life over three decades of engagement in endurance sports. Beyond this, she drew profound inspiration from her mother's remarkable journey as a sole caretaker following her father's unfortunate passing and witnessing her mother raise three children while adeptly managing her own personal life instilled in her a deep wellspring of strength and determination.
  • Raeleigh believes that within each individual's journey, there exists a defining influence that propels them toward greatness. Through endurance sports, individuals tap into their innermost emotions, unraveling their aspirations. This profound connection opens up challenges that fuel determination, compelling them to forge mental and physical goals.
  • Training emerges as a potent instrument in fortifying individuals to navigate through the challenges of life. The notion is that contemporary individuals embark on a quest for self-discovery, seeking a haven where safety converges with personal growth. When comfort intertwines with vulnerability, it serves as a guiding beacon motivating unwavering dedication toward the realm of endurance aspirations. 
  • Embracing the role of a coach, Raeleigh found herself pleasantly surprised by the unexpected intrinsic rewards she gained. Her path toward coaching was illuminated by the resounding motivation and unwavering dedication exuded by compelling her to embark on this transformative journey.
  • Raeleigh observes her athletes employing a strategic toolkit to master time management, encompassing the discovery of their "emotional bucket." They navigate their aspirations by asking questions: What composes their bucket list? What holds the utmost significance in their tasks? What ignites their passion, and what detracts from it? The concept of a "physiology bucket" represents the physiological threshold for training intensity. The fusion of these two yields the makings of success. Raeleigh strives to foster an environment that nurtures the athlete's mental stance.
  • Raeleigh views the human body as a sponge, delicately absorbing stress to droplets trickling. Much like how saturation transpires, the body can reach its limits and become saturated, the body when pushed beyond its threshold hinders its capacity to endure. It's a pivotal realization that genuine adaptation necessitates a change in external conditions. The desired transformative effects of training remain elusive, concealed within the constraints of an overwhelmed physiological state.

Quote of the Show:
  • “Endurance sports bring out the best in us.” - Raeleigh Harris


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Creators and Guests

Gregory McDonough
Gregory McDonough
Greg McDonough is a seasoned executive who has owned and operated businesses in the professional services sector, navigating them through both good and tough times. He brings his personal experience of knowing what it’s like to be ‘in the owner’s seat’ when working with clients, taking time to ask the questions others may not.
The Triathlon Coach Life Guide - Raeleigh Harris - Chief Endurance Officer - Episode # 017
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