Chris Nikic, IRONMAN finisher – trains with Dr. Don Wood, CEO/Founder – Inspired Performance Institute

November 16, 2020

[Orlando, FL – November 16, 2020] – Triathlon is a sport that requires physical and mental strength. Nik Nikic, the father of Chris Nikic, the recent IRONMAN medalist said “Chris worked with Dr. Don Wood at the Inspired Performance Institute (IPI) and he taught him the power of programming his subconscious mind to stay motivated, fight through the pain and focus on his dreams. This program was instrumental in supporting Chris throughout his training and will continue to help him achieve other challenges he chooses in life.”

In 2018, Chris signed up for a new triathlon program through the Special Olympics, and after completing a 1-kilometer swimming training session, athletes could sign their names on a wall. Chris’s message – “Chris world champ”! Eventually, small daily victories in the sport transpired into talk of becoming an IRONMAN.

The Florida native is now more than just an IRONMAN, as they call the competitors, but also a Guinness Book of World Records holder. Chris had to complete the full race in less than 17 hours and beat that benchmark with roughly 14 minutes to spare.

The Inspired Performance Program (TIPP) was developed to assist individuals reach higher levels of performance by reducing or eliminating the effects of disturbing or traumatic events experienced throughout their lifetime. The founder & CEO, Dr. Wood, studied the effects of trauma to better understand what was interfering with someone reaching optimal performance levels. Even small trauma, something Dr. Wood calls “emotional concussions,” has a profound effect on the way our minds work. Through that research he developed TIPP. TIPP resets the way our minds process these events allowing you to stay present and in the moment. Dr. Wood says, “When those events are updated, energy is now available, the energy the mind was using to manage and cope on a daily basis. That energy, the ATP within the cell, becomes available for performance.”

“The Inspired Performance Institute has helped many individuals reach new levels of success, and in particular athletes. Some of the long distance marathon runners have won world championships, broken school and world records, and now Chris has been able to reach deeper and be the first person with Downs Syndrome to complete an Ironman” said Dr. Wood. “We are proud of the part we played in helping Chris reach his goal and look forward to continuing our work together to help him reach his new goals.”

Coleen McManus, Executive Director at IPI said “We have three delivery methods for this groundbreaking program: Personalized session with Dr. Wood at the Institute in Florida, personalized session with Dr. Wood via video conferencing, and/or the on-line pre-recorded video program guided by Dr. Wood. Chris came to our office with his father in Orlando and did the personalized program with Dr. Wood.”

After his record-setting achievement, Chris will focus on competing in the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games and continuing to raise money for Special Olympics, Down syndrome and RODS (Racing for Orphans with Down Syndrome) through his platform.

“I achieved my goal and now I want to help others like me,” he wrote on Instagram.


We all wrestle with unresolved trauma or disturbing events and experiences from our past. Or maybe depression, anxiety, or PTSD. These unresolved events interfere with our ability to perform at our highest level. They limit our ability to focus and connect with others in a healthy, loving, and safe way…they inhibit our performance.

Even high-functioning individuals, like executives and professional athletes, have glitches from their pasts, and once reprocessed, their performance improves to a whole new level. Once the mind is updated and refreshed using the Inspired Performance Institute’s NEURO technique, a part of TIPP, individuals can remain present, calm, and focused, and their performance naturally improves.

Learn more here how Chris used TIPP to help his performance in competition


Chris and his father Nik created the “1 percent better challenge” to help Chris stay motivated during his training. The idea is to promote Down syndrome awareness while achieving 1% improvement every day according to Nikic’s website.