In college, you don't realize just how lucky you are to focus on your sport (while getting that pesky education...). When I left Pitt in 2007, I was the USAT Rookie of the year and had the idea that I would continue to improve at a steady rate... Given my newly-aquired MS in exercise physiology and experience as a swim coach at the highest level, I figured I had things all figured out. I was wrong. The past 4 years have been mildly successfull including qualification for 70.3 World Champs, a 2nd place in the Rev3 Series, and a handfull of solid results. Unfortunately, I don't believe I'm much further along than where I was in 2007. This season has shown steady improvement that will continue into the coming seasons and here are my reasons why:
- Coaching. I hired a coach at the end of last year thanks to persuasion from people much wiser than I am. Having the objective observer looking over me has been key. Depsite my education, I wasn't giving myself what I needed to succeed. Matt Russ at the Sport Factory has been invaluable to my continued Success. I've also been able to do a bit of online coching with the Sport Factory that allows me to satisfy my desire to coach with my feet up.
- Not Coaching. I no longer stand on a pool deck for up to 6 hours/day. No compression socks in the world can save the legs from training 2-3 hours then standing for the same amount of time. Not only that, but I am very passionate about the athletes I coach and spend countless hours and energy planning their training, progress, etc.. Althougth I miss the pool deck and will probably return when I'm done racing, the time and energy that went into swim coaching now goes into my own training and recovery.