Holt quickly made friends with mental and physical exhaustion, but this is what gives him his edge. He found that training alone was not only tough, but invigorating.
“By training like that, I became unbelievably mentally tough. I would show up to workouts all by myself, at the track in the pitch dark, sleep-deprived and exhausted. I didn’t want to run at all, but I felt like I had to,” says Holt.
This grit powered Holt to a sub-four mile, and garnered the attention of Empire Elite coach Tom Nohilly.
Training with Empire Elite Track Club came as a welcome switch-up to late-night, solo track sessions. But it didn’t come without its challenges.
Stepping up to training with the men of Empire Elite was no easy feat, but the team and coach dynamic combined with his mental fortitude helped him open up to peak performance.
“Training with Empire Elite was tough in the beginning,” says Holt. “I was doing every workout with Gregorek, Colby and Isaac, guys who run unbelievably fast. I wanted to show my coach and teammates that I’m not showing up to fool around, I’m showing up to stay with Gregorek every single rep, no matter how hard I had to train, I was going to achieve that.”
It’s clear to see Holt’s training with Empire Elite is already paying off. Between his performances at the Trials of Miles Qualifiers meets and his recent qualifying 1500m in the Stumptown Twilight meet, Holt has demonstrated that he’s ready for the big leagues.