Coach True Grit

Stephanie Middlebrooks

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Stephanie Middlebrooks, aka Coach True Grit, is a USAT Certified Level 1 Coach located on the Southside of Atlanta in Henry County. Stephanie was very active in high school sports including basketball, track, softball, and gymnastics. During and after college, she continued her love of sports by coaching gymnastics for over seven years. Her background in gymnastics has helped her with the mental game of triathlon. Convincing and training a gymnast to believe in herself and test her limits is one of the biggest challenges in the sport. This mental toughness is a skill that is vital in long distance endurance racing.

After taking almost 9 years off from sports and coaching to focus on family, Stephanie began running again in 2012 to improve her health. She has since completed triathlons at every distance including 6 half Iron distance and 2 Full Iron distance events. Stephanie consistently performs at long distances and has become a master of the negative split. She knows how to pace and when to pick it up or to dial it back. Stephanie is a 2015 Silver All World Athlete and has earned several podium spots.

In her free time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her biggest fans Jason, her husband of 17 years, and her two children ages 11 and 13. Stephanie understands how to balance family and training with an active family.

If you want a coach who takes a straight up, no non-sense approach, believes in open lines of communication, and understands the challenges of balancing an active family with the rigors of Endurance training, then consider Coach True Grit.

Half Marathon-1:55
Half Ironman-5:44

STGRID(TM) certified and Swim Speed Secrets certified