Category: networking

GAIN XII Reflections

Another year of GAIN has finished. It is always bittersweet at the conclusion.  I am thrilled to be getting back to coaching, taking what I have learned to application.  And I am also sad.  Saying good-bye to the people who have become the distant family; the people I look forward to seeing every year. Some…

Ever wonder about how real your goal is?

Be forewarned this, yes, THIS is going to get personal.   I want to apologize.  I feel I have neglected you.  (As well as my personal blog).   My focus has been the Otter Tri Team, PINK otters and growth, that somewhere you got lost in the shuffle.   It was my intent to write…

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.  

Coaches Education — A Day With Team MPI

Yesterday, I had the privelege of spending the day with Team MPI as part of their Coaches Retreat.   The retreat was for their coaches designed for continuing education, networking and FUN!   And while I was the only represetnative of an outside coaching family, I was welcomed with open arms.  It was pretty cool…

Starting the Day on Offense

The alarm goes off and the day is underway!  The cats have been walking across me for an hour, and the phone has a million messages waiting for me.   I start the day playing defense.   And I rarely get caught up.  The day is defense or a reaction to everyone and everything around…

The Time Crunched Cyclist

  I recently spent an evening listening to Chris Carmichael, Olympic cycling coach, owner of CTS, and author of The Time-Crunched Cyclist, at Bike Barn in Houston.  He has recently published a new edition of the book, and it was interesting to hear his approach to training for those individuals who have around six hours to train per week.…

Gratitude

November is an interesting time of year.  It brings reflection, and gratitude challenges, and preparation for the insanity of the Christmas Holiday season.  I too have been reflecting recently on life, the past year, the coaching I do, and where this adventure will be taking me in the upcoming months and years.  As I have…