Swimming? Sure I’ll try it.
My journey as a swimmer began in 9th grade, late into my athletic career. I actually started swimming because I had a crush on a girl on the team! I had no idea at that point that I was going to make swimming and aquatics my lifestyle. I have been coaching swimming for multiple years now for all ages but most notably at the age-group, high school and collegiate level.
Before joining the swim team in high school, I played several other team sports like soccer, baseball and lacrosse. As a sport focused on individual performance, swimming was very new to me. Learning how to push my body and mind past their limits was challenging for me. I discovered that my success in the pool was based on how much time and effort I put into practice and how far I allowed my body to push itself.
Find a balance.
Throughout swimming in college I became more familiar with my body’s limits while learning how to swim smarter and swim faster. I come from a technique driven program at the NCAA Division III level. My coach, who I have found to become most influential on my coaching philosophy, led our team in a healthy balance of different types of training. There were days where we would float around in the pool and drill over and over again and others where he would say a few words to us and we would just swim for two hours straight. Training out of the pool became just as important whether it was strength training, meditation or visualization techniques. Finding the proper balance of training will vary among each person and once you optimize that training, I am confident I can help you push yourself past your own limits.
Find your limits and break past them.
To keep pushing my own limits I began participating in a triathlon or two each summer. I have competed in several Olympic distance and Half-Ironman races over the past few years. Since those went well, I signed up for a marathon or two along the way as well. I have always been eager to find new challenges, which is what led me to compete in my first Ironman distance race in Lake Placid, NY.
The journey to completing my first Ironman could be described in several words: frustrating, daunting, challenging and rewarding just to name a few. I sacrificed my body to one year of disciplined training only to receive the satisfaction of competing in a one day event. Although training could be gruesome and unforgiving at times, I secretly enjoyed it. I enjoyed being able to train my body to want to swim, bike or run faster. Training for the Ironman allowed me to acknowledge my limits as a triathlete and strive to break past them each day.
So, what do you think?
What are your goals? What needs to be done to reach those goals? Are you willing to do those things? Great, let’s get started!
- Elizabethtown Area High School Swimming Team, 2003-2007
- Elizabethtown Aquatic Club, USA Swimming, 2005-2007
- Misericordia University, NCAA Division III Swimming Team, 2008-2011
- Stroke Specialty: 100 yard and 200 yard Breaststroke, 200 Individual Medley and Distance Freestyle
- American Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructor, 2011-Present
- Dallas High School Assistant Swimming Coach, 2008-2011
- Dallas Mountaineer Aquatic Club Assistant Swimming Coach, 2009-2011
- Abington Heights High School Head Swimming Coach, 2011-2012
- King’s College, NCAA Division III, Assistant Swimming Coach, 2012-2013
- Lake Erie College, NCAA Division II, Assistant Swimming Coach, Fall/Winter 2013