GEC Coach and Founder Brian Grasky
USAT Level 3, USAC Level 2, Power certified, RETUL fit certified, TRX certified, Electro Muscular Stimulation certified
Major athletic accomplishments: 1994 USA Junior National Duathlon Team; 2003 Arizona State Champion Mountain Bike Champion; 2005 Arizona State Mountain Bike Championship Runner-up (PRO); 2009 AZ State Road Race Champion; 2006 Ironman PR of 10:25 in Kona; 2X Ironman Hawaii finisher; 5-time Ironman finisher; 2006 Xterra National Champion Runner-up; 2006 Southwest Regional XTERRA Champion; 2006 Best of the US Arizona Representative; 12 overall triathlon wins including 4 still-standing course records (and one 2nd place to Chris Lieto); 4x USAT All-American; 4x Air Force Triathlon Team Member
Experience and Qualifications: With 20 years experience in racing and training, and coaching certifications with USA Triathlon (Level 3) and USA Cycling (Level 2) I am an experienced, proven coach. My race experience at international and pro level in Ironman, Xterra, short-, and long-course triathlon and duathlon has given me the experience necessary to help athletes reach their goals, whether they be a first race or the podium. I have access to a large network of coaches, experts, and athletes with various experience levels and philosophies for any issues outside my level of knowledge.
With me you don't get regurgitated training plans that worked for me. You get personal, scientific, proven methodologies with forethought and feedback.
B.S. Mechanical Engineering (Materials Science); USAF Academy, 1996
Team USA Elite / Jr. Elite Coach for ITU Cross (off-road) Triathlon World Championship 2012
USAT Collegiate Recruitment Program Camp 2012
USA Cycling Level 2 Coaching Certification, 2012
USAT Elite Mentorship Program 2011
USA Triathlon Level 2 Coaching Certification, 2009
USA Triathlon Level 1 Coaching Certification, 2005
USA Cycling Level 3 Coaching Certification, 2005
Countless hours of self-study and seminars in Physiology, Kinesiology, and Sports Science
"Top Gun" at 3 different bases...does this count for anything???
Eric has a passion for training and racing at all distances of triathlon. He has competed at every race distance from Sprint to Olympic to Half-Iron and is a two-time Ironman, having completed the courses in both Arizona & Wisconsin. His 2014 race credits include a 2nd place age-group finish at the Tucson Sprint Tri, a 5th place age-group finish at the Tempe Lifetime Olympic Tri, a platinum finish at the El Tour de Tucson and a qualifying time for USAT Age Group Nationals at the Olympic distance. Eric was a swimmer growing up in Chicago and became involved in cycling as a student at the University of Arizona. He began his triathlon career in 2007 with Sprint and Olympic distance races and fulfilled his lifetime goal of completing his first Ironman triathlon in 2011.
Eric is at the beginning of his journey in coaching and is taking the first step by pursuing a USAT Level I certification. He brings his enthusiasm and personal experiences gained by racing in good times and through adversity, and is ready to share his hard won knowledge and skills to help all athletes achieve the kind of race performance that they at one time might have thought only others were capable of.
The fundamentals of Eric’s coaching philosophy are summarized in his belief that triathlon isn’t so much a hobby as it is a lifestyle. He believes the key to longevity in the sport of triathlon is to train with intensity, with patience and with consistency. The best athlete is the one that shows up on race day injury free and ready to celebrate their accomplishments!
Notable Race Experience:
Ironman Arizona finisher
7 Half Ironman’s
6 Olympic Triathlons
9 Sprint Triathlons
15 Half Marathons
Co-coached Tucson Tri Girls Valentine’s Day training camp
Brought multiple friends into the sport
Level 1 USAT certified coach
I have a love for the sport of triathlon because it has given me so much. It’s brought about a lifestyle change and turned me into the person I am today. My goal is to help more people reach their goals and love the sport as much as I do.
You may not be able to control the weather, but you can control your attitude and what you decide to do in the morning.
“When you are good at something, you’ll tell everyone. When you are great at something, they’ll tell you.” ~Walter Payton
Stephanie is GEC's lead on our Youth Training Programs, but has proven to be quite a cabale adult coach as well. Her first running client PR'd by 45 minutes on a half marathon in 4 months!
A Physician's Assistant by day, coach/athlete by night (and early morning), and mother of 4 always, she understands busy schedules and 'fitting it all in.'
Stephanie grew up as a swimmer and runner, competing in water polo, track, and cross country at Gannon University in Erie, PA. She picked up cycling and is now a powerhouse in triathlon. She's currently on her way back to racing after giving birth to #4 (Ryder) in Apr 2015.
Tucson Tri Series 2012 -- Undefeated Overall
Desert Classic Duathlon 2013 -- 1st Overall
Vineman 70.3 2013 -- 6th AG, 4:52
Deuces Wild Olympic 2013 -- 2nd AG, 4th OA
Superfrog 70.3 2012 -- 2nd AG
Mountain Man Half -- 1st AG
2015 CAT 4 Cycloecross AZ State Champion
2016 CAT 4 Time Trial AZ State Champion