Today we’d like to introduce you to Lesley Paterson.
Lesley, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’m a little Scottish lassie who packs a mean punch! While growing up, my ‘thing’ was rugby… yes, you heard it right, rugby! I loved to get dirty, and I loved to fight boys. Being the only gal outta 250 boys in the squad, I learned pretty quickly how to take care of myself!
However, as with most good things in life, it came to an end. I was too old to play with the boys, so I found an equally crazy sport called triathlon. Since the tender age of 14, I’ve completed all over the world for the British and Scottish triathlon team, developing awesome friendships and seeing some amazing parts of the world.
However, as most young athletes do, I got disillusioned with the sport. Sick of being last in drafting races and constantly banging my head off a brick wall with swimming, I gave it up! I met my husband, Simon Marshall, and together we moved out to San Diego. Yes, ironic that I should give up triathlon when actually moving to the birthplace of triathlon!
Always having been a creative little thing (I got my BA degree in Drama), I decided to do my Masters degree in Theater. I flourished under my new found career path and began climbing my next impossible ladder to success: Hollywood. I started acting in student films and then independent films (so far I have 17 of them under my belt) until I met my now writing-producing partner Ian Stokell.
Together we formed our own production company called Sliding Down Rainbows Entertainment Inc., and we have since produced several short films and our first feature film. So, through all of this soul searching and artistic expression (not to mention five years of no sport), I actually realized I missed competing.
I started slowly with running (hey why not start with your strengths right?), and after winning a few races, I found that I had a different approach to the sport. I genuinely enjoyed training, I genuinely enjoyed racing, and what’s more, my body felt different.
It felt more mature, and I guess I had a better understanding of how it worked. I didn’t want to do drafting races anymore, I needed to find a sport that suited my strengths instead of crippling me because of my weaknesses…. and that’s when I found XTERRA. Dirt, hills and cool people! I’ll have me some of that!
Most importantly, through understanding myself, I was able to form my own philosophy of training for endurance sport. This came about through teaming up with a wonderful friend and coach Vince Fichera. He taught me a way of training that revolutionized how I approached things and resulted in what I now call my special sauce.
It is with this special sauce that I developed my own coaching business, Braveheart Coaching. With five off-road triathlon world titles to my name, I now want to impart the successes and failures as I help others grow to reach their potential!
Has it been a smooth road?
It’s NOT been a smooth road. I contracted Lymes Disease in 2011 and have been dealing with many health issues ever since. Nerve pain, injury, gut issues, anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue. I’ve worked with Drs all over the world and continue to work through many different things!
We’d love to hear more about your business.
My husband and I own an endurance coaching business. We set schedules for athletes and guide them to achieve their mental and physical fitness goals.
We are known for Brain Training as we have written and published a book and my husband is a top performance psychologist. https://www.amazon.com/Brave-Athlete-Calm-Down-Occasion/dp/1937715736
We host camps for athletes and businesses all over the world where we develop performance mindsets and push people to their inner and outer limits.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Yes, it’s amazing! Triathlon and endurance training is such a huge part of San Diego. There are many group workouts and clubs – Triathlon Club of San Diego.
Furthermore, we have beautiful places to train – Jamul, Laguna Mountains, Palomar, Mission Trails. The best part is to truly discover the city by taking exercise in every part of San Diego!
- Our monthly coaching packages are between $300-$500 per month for detailed online workouts and feedback.
- One on one performance brain training sessions from between $250-$500 per hour with Dr. Simon Marshall
- Address: 3186 Cabrillo Bay Lane
San Diego CA 92110
- Website: www.braveheartcoach.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @lesleydoestri
- Twitter: @lesleydoestri