You can only grow if you’re willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. ~Brian Tracy
It is easy to become an island in our thought processes, as well as our social interactions, both professionally and personally. It is not easy learning to be comfortable with being uncomfortable, challenging our thought processes, to step in new directions and go! But it is doing those things that have provided me the ability to move across country and relocate to Houston, to announce I am taking my career in a new direction and leaving the ‘swim lesson’ business, and founding The Otters, a youth tri team. And sometimes, the results are spectacular, while others an experiment in learning.
To continue challenging myself in the aspect of coaching and athletic development, I have joined an amazing community of professionals around the globe at GAIN. Founded and organized by Vern Gambetta, the premise of a week of coming together to learn and share ideas has evolved to what it is today, a community of professionals from different aspects of sport and performance, coming together to learn and share, to challenge our thought processes about training so we can in turn provide for the athletes we coach. We spend the week together. Housed at Rice University, much of the learning takes place outside the classroom. We eat together, have organized Movement Madness (organized and structured playtime) together, as well as trips to Valhalla in the evenings. Friendships are developed over the week, and nurtured throughout the year.