Category: coaching tri

Resolutions on a Rolling Start?

  It’s that time of year again…… The gyms will be packed, the pools will have no lanes, and suddenly everyone is out on running track.    And then, by March….. all those, well, the majority of those will ghost.    This is the season the personal trainers become sharks and predators (as if they…

How much do I need to DO over Holiday Break?

Training Peaks sent an email yesterday with various articles, including this one entitled,  ‘How Much Should You Train Over the Holidays?’  My first snarky thought was like, ‘Excuse me, Training Peaks.  The Holidays…. well, they are over.’  But I was chatting with a new friend, who is learning to better her swim, preparing for her…

Programming…. it’s OK to overshare

Sometimes, devloping a program can be one of the most challenging things I have to do as a coach.   There are so many nuances to the art of buidling a program suitable for the athlete.   And yes, at times I have borrowed ideas for sets, reps, intensities, movements, and executions from other coaches,…

Begin your journey today

 The only impossible journey is the one you never begin. -Tony Robbins.  Today begins National Triathlon Week.  While many of you have successfully completed your first, second or even twentieth tri, there are some reading this who are still sitting on the fence, not sure where to begin.   I participate in several different triathlon…

GAIN 2018 — Reflections

 


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.