There comes a point in time during a marathon swim where you mind goes blank. There isn’t a single thought running through your mind, everything is clear, more clear than it has ever been. Your body is on autopilot, you don’t think about what you are doing, you don’t even realize you are in the…… Continue reading Under the Stars: My Journey Swimming the English Channel
What a trip, what a journey and it’s not even begun! I’ve been in Dover, England for a little over a week and it has been a beautiful, humbling, frustrating, amazing and wonderful experience that is just beginning. The travel to Dover took about 22 hours between car, flight, luggage transfer, layovers, but we arrived…… Continue reading England to France: The Beautiful Wait Begins….
Sunday’s swim at Alki, while brutal conditions wise was also a total dream come true. Why? I received the “seal” of approval as my toes were kissed by a seal! I’m pretty sure it was my seal friend Rufus, who I’ve been working on building a relationship with over the past year. Regardless, it was…… Continue reading Getting the “Seal” of Approval
As we head into open water season for many swimmers and triathletes, there is always a certain amount of angst that builds before that first dip. What is in there? How cold is it going to be? I don’t want to see the fish, are there fish in there? Where’s the bottom? What if something…… Continue reading Open Water: Fall in Love with Exploring the Unknown
Food, an immediate joy and satisfaction for my taste buds, belly and mind. I love food, I always have. I remember one of my first loves, the Cadbury Crème Egg. Every Easter our family went down to Valhalla Park where they had the egg hunt for the kids. Back then they had hard boiled eggs…… Continue reading They Cook Joy, They Cook Breakfast!
The relationship between athlete and coach is a special relationship, a different kind of relationship that evolves over time, and I firmly believe that the athlete and coach must be the right fit for each other. Coaching is a very selective process, at least it is for me anyway. I’ve had coaches since I started…… Continue reading Coaching and the Drive to be a Better Me
Today I had an interesting experience while doing my strength training. Let’s face it, I run hot. I think it hit (dare I say it) 50 degrees outside and I was sweating like a stuffed pig within five minutes of starting my back rows. My brow was beading up, a drip ran down the side…… Continue reading Open Water, Body Image, Salads & Pink Sprinkled Doughnuts