Well, my name is Chris Heise (pronounced Hi-C, think fruit drink). I’m originally from Columbia, SC and moved here to beautiful Houston, TX in 2011. I graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Carolina in ’95 and then with an MBA in ’07. I’m a certified Triathlon Coach through Ironman University and my athletic background is far from typical. I was not the high school or college athlete. In fact, I didn’t play any organized sports once I hit middle school. I was the overweight kid who couldn’t run a lap around the track without a break. That pretty much sums me up through my 20s. In 2009 I decided it was time for a change. That’s when I picked up running (well mainly walking with a few strides thrown in) and shortly thereafter picked up cycling. In the fall of 2009, I ran my first 10k, and then followed that up with my first sprint triathlon.
Since then, I haven’t done too badly at this athletic thing. I’ve been able to go from the overweight kid who couldn’t finish a lap to many sub-20 minute 5k’s with my best being 18:07. I’ve gone from watching the group pull away on bike rides within 2 miles of starting to now being able to lead those same fast boys and girls on training rides. I went from not being able to swim 50 meters straight to actually doing OK in the pool and enjoying the water (don’t tell MY coach I said that).
My philosophy is similar to most of Powerhouse: training needs to be about balance and focus. It needs to fit where you are in your life and where you want to go. It can be a great outlet and a great motivator in your day to day world. For me, I feel the key to a successful coach/athlete relationship is communication. I pride myself in being readily available pretty much all of the time. The good news is that here, at Powerhouse Racing, you can’t go wrong with any of the coaches. It’s just a matter of finding one that works for you. You truly are choosing from the best (I’m biased).