Tracy McKay, "Coach TMAC", has over 30 years of experience developing athletes for beginner, intermediate and world class events. He has successfully combined and leveraged his background in counseling/organizational psychology with his expertise as an endurance athlete and coach.
Premature at birth, I weighed 5lbs.
I wasn't much of an athletic kid. I wheezed when I ran, I was too small to play football effectively, too short to play basketball and I was terrified of a baseball.
At 12 years of age, I rode my bicycle 42 miles for a charity event and something clicked...
I was the last person on a rainy course eating french fries as I rode.
At the age of 19, I completed my first triathlon.
Swimming out into the Gulf of Mexico on an overcast day during jellyfish season, I was swimming into people who were stopped, brushing away swarms of jellyfish. I crossed the finish line 23rd.
I got the bug and never looked back!
I began training for triathlons with the encouragement of ALL AMERICAN TRIATHLETE / mentor Therese Bynum, owner of TEAM MAGIC and Junior Olympic swimmer Suzie Hosman. I owe my start in the sport and early development as an athlete to them both.
Crazy aspirations of turning pro led me into a 1 room apartment, new bicycles and past due bills. Everywhere I went was on my bike, all I did was train and every dime I made went into new wheels or race registrations. There was no TV, no computer or laptop just a radio and 2 bikes.
I logged every sec of my training methods, and the self reflection that came with it. In the morning I worked as a lifeguard then swim, ride,run or sleep. In the evening I waited tables, stealing food from the unfinished entrees. Good times, good times...
I raced from New Orleans to Muncie, St. Louis to Columbus, Atlanta, HiltonHead and the Gulf coast. Any distance was game; sprint, olympic 1/2 IM, and various duathlons. Suddenly the idea of becoming a pro triathlete started going south. I was over trained and underweight. I was exhausted and without resources.
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I went back to the 1 other thing I was good at, counseling and facilitating groups. Over the next several years I developed a successful business in leadership & group dynamics as applied to teams & organizations. Having consulted with several gyms & the leadership/ facilitation began leaning back into fitness. So, I opened up the first JOHNNY G. certified/ SPINNING studio in Alabama and helped develop the indoor cycling craze throughout the state ...
I learned how to fit bikes from John Cobb, the guy who fitted Lance Armstrong, Phinney, Molina, Scott, Newby-Frazier, Lemond and even the Rabobank team. Later I would tweak that process using a COMPUTRAINER and feedback from physical therapists. I surrounded myself with the best therapeutic resources for my athlete/ clients. I spent time developing a training method that was scalable and sustainable to the needs and goals of those clients. There is no doubt that my years and experience as a counselor/ facilitator had become a core component of my fitness coaching.
Well, thats the short version...
Since then I have completed over 190 endurance events. I hold 3 state cycling records, 2 IRONMAN finishes and 3 RAAM starts / 2 RAAM finishes, TNGA/2020 and 3 World Championships.
I make myself available 24/7 for my athletes and my training programs are customized to meet their needs. I absolutely love watching my athletes transform and cross finish lines they never thought they would cross. The results speak for themselves.
I can be reached on Facebook, and via text. 1 205 914 3020 CST.