coach marques' story

a story of transformation: from being terrified to swim in the neighborhood pool to 54 triathlons and counting at age 61.


hello, my name is marques garcia. Welcome to my little corner of the world. before i started my triathlon journey, i was terrified of swimming. in fact, due to a near drowning incident at an early age, i was literally terrified of entering a swimming pool, even the shallow end!  my journey to overcome my fear and anxiety of swimming to completing over a 50 triathlon races in all distances from Sprint to Full IRONMAN was not an easy one. I had to face my worst fears, experienced near drowning episodes in turbulent oceans and lake waters, and come out of this triumphant with a special love and appreciation for open water swimming in particular, and the sport of triathlon in general. in fact i have been teaching and coaching these coping mechanisms for many years to veteran and new athletes. many years ago, i created this space for athletes who want to benefit from my sports science background as a strength trainer and a sports physiologist turned triathlete. The result is strong2thefinishline, a thriving tri club community of like minded athletes that produced hundreds of great triathletes, runners and open water swimmers.

I am not just a coach, but an endurance athlete. I am a multiple ironman world championships qualifier, both in the full distance and the 70.3 distance, have done over 50 triathlons, over 100 marathons, countless half marathons, and countless trail running races of all distances from the 5k to 100ks, and open water swim races. at 61, age means no limitations to me. i don't acknowledge limitations;  i believe that you are as young (or old)  as you choose to be. i always welcomed competing against much younger men, and i continue to place high in my age group standings. i get better and stronger with age because i choose to believe.


- Master's Degree in Sports Sciences (with emphasis on corrective training/injury prevention)


- Certified IRONMAN Triathlon Coach, IMU

-Certified Running Coach, USATF

-Certified Swim Coach, ASCA

- Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist -ACSM

- Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist- NASM

- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist – NSCA

- Certified PNF Stretch Specialist - ASFA

what seems impossible today is tomorrow's new normal!