Meet the 2020 Dream Team
Age Group 65-69 4 x Team USA Qualifier! "I am so appreciative of Coach Brant. He agreed to coach me as an absolute beginner (who's now lost 200 pounds), and then helped me develop the confidence to compete in the 60-64 age group. Most important, Coach Brant's compassion and kindness inspire me to work hard each day. He truly cares about each Dream Big athlete."
*2 x Team USA Qualifier! Coach Brant helped me to an overall podium finish at my first Olympic distance triathlon during my first season of racing triathlon. My goals were simply to finish, but his coaching prepared me to reach a whole new level. Even if you're unfamiliar with what you have in you, Coach Brant has the skills and insight to unlock your potential. I'm truly grateful for the work he's put in and his availability to talk through ideas and concerns.
IM Chattanooga '17 vs now, 50 pounds lighter! "Brant and I have been working together since mid February to get me lighter and faster. I came across Brant in a unique way. I googled Ironman coaches for bigger athletes & up popped Dream Big, I read about Brant’s successes & sent him an email. The deciding factor in going with Dream Big? Brant scheduled an interview; why would a potential coach schedule an interview? But Brant was spot on, this had to fit for us both to really work. And it has!
I chose to work with Coach Brant because I knew I had much more potential than the level I was currently performing at. After our initial meeting, I knew he was going to be the right fit for me. I have gained so much working with Coach Brant both in my performance, but more importantly, a better understanding of myself as an athlete and the whole process. He is making me a much smarter athlete, and he is excellent at communicating the reasoning behind specific workouts and the overall goals.
I began working with Coach B. about a year after completing my first few sprint races. I began this journey as a method to continue working towards my weightloss goals. I've lost about 75lbs and I am currently working to drop the remaining 20lbs. I have found that having a training plan and the accountability has helped to keep me focused on achieving my goals. I have found that by working with Brant I have been able to improve each race and most importantly; I have been able to remain healthy.
Age Group 35-39 "Working with Brant has helped me develop a consistent training schedule and solid nutrition and racing strategies for my races. By following the weekly plans I have seen great improvements in my fitness and confidence levels. It was thrilling to achieve a huge PR at the Muncie 70.3 this summer where I was able to take over an hour off my previous two attempts at the 70.3 distance!"
"2018 was the year I discovered that I am a triathlete. I connected with Coach Brant to seriously pursue my dream of finishing a 70.3 Ironman in 2019. It's only been a few months but my fitness, form, and confidence are soaring! Of course Coach Brant provides great, tailored workouts for every day of the week, but he also provides peace of mind that I'm doing everything I need to. No more anxiety that I'm not working hard enough - just trust in myself, my coach, and our plan."
2018 Key Races: Carmel Marathon Ironman Maryland "I chose to work with Coach Brant after seeing continued success from all his athletes. I’ve always been impressed with the amount of race day support you show to each and every one of your athletes!!"
Michael an Erin
"When I started working with Coach Bahler I was using a training plan published by my gym. After hearing his suggestions, I started working with him exclusively. Working with Coach Bahler takes the guesswork out of training. I no longer worry about if I am training enough. I get my plan on Sunday and I know what I need to accomplish for the week. It is a huge relief to have his guidance throughout the training season."
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Past Dreamers Who Became Achievers
"I chose to work with Coach Brant because I needed the guidance to get through Ironman training and not burn out and over train for the event. Working with Coach Brant has been awesome, I no longer sit and stress about what workout I need to be doing and when I need to do it. Also- all my workouts have been really great, I feel good after my workouts and I also feel like I was challenged!"
Ironman World Championships 11th Place Finisher “Thanks for all your help! It was great working with you! Teaching me to run more efficiently was a huge positive that resulted in the end of my hamstring problem. Constant feedback from my workouts really helped keep me accountable. Having you planned workouts so I didn’t have to worry about it was a big stress reliever and the support/dialogue throughout was so beneficial. You were very good at communicating. Thanks again!”
"I had never competed in a triathlon of any distance but with Brant's assistance and coaching I crossed the finish line at Ironman Florida this past November. "Brant was the perfect coach for me. His weekly workouts were always detailed and challenging. Brant was always accessible either by phone, e-mail, or text, and that was huge for me. Brant was supportive from beginning to end and I look forward to utilizing Brant in the future"
"Brant was the key to my success this past season in the Mag 7 Race Series where I finished 3rd overall in points. With Brant's help I decreased my 5k PR a full minute from 22:59 to 21:58 and dropped over 10 minutes off my time at the Head for the Hills Patoka Lake Triathlon (going from 1:39:19 to 1:29:56). With his help, I am fully confident in my ability to compete at Ironman Louisville 2015."
Before I started working with Brant my workouts were not consistent and I was very frustrated that I wasn't making any improvements. With Brant I'm seeing steady improvements and training is exciting again. It's great to have all my workouts planned out just for me. Brant has really worked with me and around my busy schedule. I love Half Marathons and I wanted to break the 2 hour mark, with Brant's help that dream became possible! I can't wait to see what this season will bring!
Key Race: IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship "This is my first year working with a coach and I am learning so much from Brant! He is very thorough and has individualized my training plan to focus on my strengths and weaknesses. I am impressed with the workout structure because I always feel challenged, but know he is also incorporating enough easier efforts to keep me injury free. I am looking forward to racing this season!!"
"Even though I have been doing endurance events for over 20 years, I have benefited immensely from the structure, accountability and expertise provided by Brant. I am training with greater purpose and focus; his approach is individualized and sensible. I am enjoying the process immensely."
I am an IRONMOM of 2 young, active boys (ages 3 & 5). I am so glad I made the amazing decision of working with Brant last year as I was training for my first Ironman - Louisville 2015. I could tell an immediate improvement in overall performance and training. Brant greatly improved my bike skill and confidence for the tough Louisville rollers. As a result I had an awesome race and finished much stronger than expected. I am excited for future seasons and continued improvements. Thanks Coach B!
Ironman Finisher: "I could not have done it without your patience, guidance, understanding, and all around awesomeness, Coach Brant! Thank you so, so, so much for everything you've done for me these past 8 months! You took someone who pretty much had no idea how to swim, hadn't been on a bike in years, and was coming off of a bad running injury, and you helped turn her into a Ironwoman!”
Brant and I connected through TriEqual, the Equally Inspiring program, and is an encouraging voice as I aim to hit a high goal I set for myself at IM CDA. I feel that Brant believes in me and creates a training plan that is challenging, and slightly evil, which will ultimately lead me to success. He is supportive, intuitive, accessible, dedicated, and caring. Thanks coach B!
"Working with the coach Brant has been a great experience! He knows how to guide me perfectly towards my goals. At the end of each training session I feel accomplish and and I've discover that everything can be done (with effort, work and desire). The support that I have received from him at all times has been exceptional. From 0 miles to half marathon finisher!"
Ironman Finisher: "I chose to work with Dream Big coaching for Brant's experience and to know that I am training in a way that works for me in order to get me to a successful race day."
Residence: Indianapolis, IN 2010 Ironman Louisville Finisher "Working with Coach Brant was amazing. He took me from the 13.1 distance to the 140.6 distance while keeping me injury free with his smart training plans. He is very knowledgable and attentive. Brant surpassed all of my expectations!"
Residence: Mexico 4th place in Age Group (50-54) in her first Ironman at Ford Ironman Los Cabos. Finish time of 12:06:53! “I’ve been a competitive athlete for over 25 years, but I wanted to push my limits and race a full Ironman. I wanted to make sure I was training smart and doing enough to be ready for race day. I was amazed how Brant always seemed to know just how hard to push me so I was making fitness gains but staying injury free.”
I'm a busy mom of a 2 year old girl and 8 year old boy. After having my daughter, I gained a significant amount of weight. I had a moment in front of the mirror one day and decided to change my poor lifestyle choices. In just a short time working with Coach Brant, I've achieved an Olympic Distance Triathlon and 5K PR. But best off all was hearing the words "YOU ARE AN IRONMAN"
Age Group 30-35 2015 Key Race: IM Texas (Finisher!) "I started working with Brant after I signed up for my first full IM. I figured a serious distance needed some serious coaching. Brant has challenged me to get better in all areas, and provided great support as I dealt with an injury. With his training, I’m confident in crossing the IM finish line."
"I started working with Brant '13 to complete a 70.3 race. Since then, he's trained me through four 70.3 distant races, improving my time on each. Brant has helped me tremendously to swim more competitively. I enjoy swimming and Brant supplies me with challenging drills that push me. Most importantly, he knows how monitor all the training to minimize injuries but still feeding my competitive appetite."
"My favorite part about working with Big Dream Triathlon Coaching is that Coach Brant is a friend and a great support system. He is always there cheering you on and pushing you to your best.”
"After a year of injuries and illnesses, I’ve been working with Brant to bring speed and endurance back to my training. In the past two months, and after only five sessions with Brant, I have knocked 10 seconds off my 50 meter swim. He has also filmed and analyzed my run resulting in significant speed gains. Brant provides me with a reasonable training plan that fits my weekly schedule, will meet with me at my convenience"
Age Group 25-29 2015 Races: Ironman Arizona "Training alone, I train to finish an IRONMAN. Training with Brant, I have put in fewer, but better hours, and expect to shave at least two hours off my time at IRONMAN Louisville this year. I turn 25 next month, which means I am officially a member of the 25-29 age group. In the next few years, I would like to become a competitive age grouper in long distance triathlon."
"The compliment I have always considered the most valuable is when my students compare my class to an adventure and this is exactly how I would describe training with Coach Brant. Every Sunday I am excited like a kid on a Christmas day who is about to unwrap a present. The present is my new weekly workout. Every week is new, fresh, different, surprising and entertaining. Coach Brant pushes me to discover my limits and conquer my fears and while doing it I have tons of fun."
Residence: Texas 2010 Ironman Louisville Finisher "I debated on wether to use a coach for my first Ironman. I thought what more could a coach do for me? Well, I am so glad I had Brant guiding me through all the months of training. He was able to adjust my plan if needed and when I crossed that finish line, I knew it was because of my coach. His words of encouragement and motivation helped to push me harder. When I train for another IM I will definitely use Brant as my coach."
Age Group 25-29 2014 Races: Ironman New Orleans 70.3 (Lifetime PR) Ironman Muncie 70.3 (Lifetime PR) Age Group Nationals Ironman Louisville 13:18 (First IM) "Coach Brant/Dream Big is helping me go the distance (First full Ironman), while still improving my short course speed at the same time. Workouts are never boring, and I feel like I eat up the road!"
Residence: Bloomington, IN 2013 Ironman Florida Finisher
“After about three and a half years in the sport, and competing in a few sprints, Olympics and even a half Ironman I wanted to do a full Ironman. But I knew I needed help. Coach Brant put me on an amazing training plan, and helped me take time off in every discipline, even my transitions. He made me feel really prepared in ever aspect heading into the race. He is super motivating and I know I wouldn't have done as well without his help. He is an amazing coach & I would recommend him to anyone
"I've been an athlete my whole life but have found it tougher to find things to keep my competitive drive going. Once introduced to the sport of triathlon and was immediately hooked. I competed in my first sprint triathlon at the end of the summer, and right away I wanted more. BUT I knew I needed help. I met coach Bahler and immediately knew he was the coach I’ve been looking for. His knowledge of all three of the disciplines of the sport is second to none."
Residence: Tennessee 2012 Ironman Louisville Finisher "I had the pleasure of working with Coach Brant for the 2012 Louisville Ironman. He consistently provided me with workouts that adequately prepared me for my race. He was a great supporter and coach!"
Age Group 50-54 2014 Races: Half Marathon IL Chicago Marathon (Boston Qualifier)
Together Dream Big and Kristen achieved: Olympic Distance PR's 70.3 Finishes and PR's 2013 Ironman Florida (First Time Finish) 50k Ultra Marathon Finished and PR's “I used to think that sore knees and hips were just part of running, but after a few sessions working with Brant on my form they are a thing of the past.”
Residence: Bristol, IN 2012 Ironman Louisville Participant.
Age Group 35-39 2014 Races: Toughman 70.3 (PR) Muncie 70.3 ( New PR) Ironman Louisville 12:49 (First Ironman!) "Training with Brant is getting me to the starting line feeling healthier and stronger than anything I have tried on my own. I continue to PR every race I complete this season. Brant's training plans are tailored to your needs and adjusted as needed. I can't imagine using a generic training plan ever again. If you want lasting results you're looking in the right place!"
Residence: Bloomington, IN 2013 Monumental Marathon Finisher
Age Group 25-29 2014 Highlights: Philadelphia Sprint Triathlon (PR) Muncie Olympic Triathlon (First Olympic Finish) "Working with Brant has been great! In the short time working together, Brant has taught me that going all out all the time is not the best way to work out. I feel I am able to run, bike, and swim longer and further than I used to and with more confidence thanks to Brant's coaching! I can't wait for my first olympic triathlon!!"
Residence: Florida 2013 Muncie 70.3 Finisher
Residence: Bloomington, IN Moutain Bike Specilaist
Residence: Indianpolis, IN 2012 Ironman Wisconsin Finisher 2013 Ironman Louisville Finisher