|Posted on September 19, 2020 at 8:20 PM||comments (0)|
If you’re reading this post, you might be wondering how in the world did Miles come to the realization he wanted to coach? Maybe you’re thinking what is his background or what are his qualifications? Or perhaps you’re simply wondering who is Coach Miles? Well, if you keep on reading, I am going to tell you.
I love storytelling and believe the first step to learning about someone should be hearing their story. So, I’ve decided to tell you a little bit of mine. I think I’ll split this up into multiple parts to keep you guys on your toes. So, here goes …
I didn’t grow up as a super athletic or competitive kid. My early sporting endeavors consisted of church sponsored soccer and basketball, but during most of my earlier years, I had very little interest in sports. I don’t know if you would call me a nerdy kid, but I loved school and had straight A’s across the board. I loved history and science and the only time I was ever competitive was with anything Nintendo GameCube or with Pokémon on my Gameboy. However, that all began to change around 2008 when I was in the 5th grade. I went to an elementary school where each 5th grader was required to choose a “major”. Having no interest in music or art, I decided to follow what most of my friends were doing and became a P.E. major. As part of the class, we filmed weekly exercise videos that were shown to the entire school each Wednesday morning.
We also kept monthly fitness logs that assured the P.E. teachers we were active outside of class, and we competed in weekly fitness challenges (If anyone is wondering, I’m the 2008 Lake Murray Elementary Jump Rope Champion). I was very blessed to have had a pair of amazing teachers who made exercise at a young age so exciting and engaging. This is where my love for health and fitness began.
Also, in late 2008, some of you may recall that the economy took quite a nosedive. This put a lot of work-related stress on my dad (thankfully, his job survived) and to combat this stress, he dusted off an old treadmill in the garage and started walking (it was winter) and slowly built to running. It probably wouldn’t have been most people’s first choice, but for some reason my dad soon decided his new hobby was going to be distance running.
Eventually, Dad left the treadmill behind and ventured out on to the neighborhood roads. I don’t remember my initial decision or the day or anything like that where I decided to join him, but I did. I can assume it was because anything your dad does when you’re 10 years old is the coolest thing on the planet. So, naturally, distance running became my new hobby, too.
My first memories of running are purely recreational. I simply just went out to run because I enjoyed running with Dad. There was no training or goal setting; it was simply for the joy of being outside and moving my body. However, in April 2009, Dad signed me up for my first 5K.
I don’t remember the name of the race or exactly where it was, but that day I ran a 27-minute 5K and won first place in my age group. At the time it was the hardest thing I had ever done, and I had to constantly fight the urge to walk or stop altogether. Walking into class on Monday morning with my shiny winner’s medal for show and tell made it all worth it.
I wasn’t the fastest kid around (I was second in the 5th grade mile to Bradford Smith who ran a 6:30 while I only clocked a measly 7:02) but not many other kids were into distance running at that time, so it made my new hobby very unique. I enjoyed standing out from the typical baseball, football, basketball, or soccer that my friends were involved in. Add to the fact that my name is Miles, and it seemed like I was meant for this whole running thing. I was hooked.
Fast forward a bit, and it so happened that one of my mom’s good friends and co-workers had two older sons who ran cross country for the local high school. I remember one day Mom came home and told me about cross country, and how in the state of South Carolina, 7th graders can try out and compete on their local high school teams. Maybe this could be a great opportunity for me, she thought. At the time I had no idea what cross country was or what it was about, but the idea of running with other kids close to my age seemed like a great idea. I never could have guessed the impact this conversation was going to have on the rest of my life…
|Posted on September 7, 2020 at 8:40 AM||comments (0)|
You might find yourself asking “what is TST Perform?” While that is a great question, and I could go on and on about our brand and what we do and what we are going to accomplish, the better question is “Who is TST Perform?”
The simple answer is that we are Eric Kirouac and Miles Fowler. We met in 2016 when Eric was a junior and I was a freshman at Queens University of Charlotte. While at Queens, we raced on the Varsity Men’s Triathlon Team where we both graduated as senior captains of a program decorated with many accomplishments, including multiple conference championships and even a national title, all as a team. Our relationship began as teammates and through countless gut-wrenching swims, quad-burning rides, and lung-blistering runs, we became brothers. Oh yeah… along with triathlon and our adventures at Queens, we did manage to study from time to time, both graduating with honors and degrees in Exercise Science.
So why choose TST Perform to help you accomplish your goals? At only 24 and 22 years old, together we bring over two decades of athletic experience in endurance sports to the table. Combine that along with over a decade of study and real-world application in the realm of exercise science, psychology, and coaching, and we believe the sky is the limit. We understand what it takes to reach your goals with the crazy schedule that life will throw at you. We understand the drive, motivation, and the commitment it takes day in and day out. We understand what it’s like to be in the trenches and experience all of the highs and lows that come with endurance training.
But most importantly, we understand how these athletic endeavors can be life changing. Here at TST Perform, we fully believe that endurance sports will bring out the best in you, not only as an athlete, but as a human being. Whether you’re lacing up your running shoes for the first time, wanting to drop the hammer on your mates during local group ride, or prepping for your 100th triathlon, no matter your ability or skill level, we are 100% committed to unlocking the Top Step Performer in You!
P.S. Over the coming weeks we will be bringing you plenty more content, covering anything and everything from our individual stories, how we are managing to stay focused and motivated during this global pandemic, and of course more insight into our beliefs and philosophies as coaches. Stay tuned!
Join TST Perform today by contacting Eric or Miles at: email@example.com