Banyoles Camp and Altafulla European Cup

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After my DNS in Leeds, I headed down to Banyoles, Spain for training camp. Banyoles is about 90 minutes north of Barcelona and 30 miles south of France. The town is pretty small, but is a paradise for cyclists with quiet roads that wind through the hills and a lake that is perfect for open water swimming. It took a …

Yokohama WTS

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Yokohama is one of my favorite races and I was thrilled to be headed back this year. Yokohama was my very first WTS race back in 2015, so the race is a little extra special for me as it always proves to be an opportunity to measure my progress and realize how far I’ve come in the last few years.  …

New Plymouth World Cup & Gold Coast WTS

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New Plymouth New Plymouth is one of my favorite places and a pleasure to visit. I love the rolling hills, the rocky seaside, the coffee, the people, and the pace of life. I think I might be a kiwi at heart 😉 Much to everyone’s surprise, the water was a “20.2” non-wetsuit swim (20 degrees is the cutoff) on a …

Super Superlatives 2016

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I did similar posts for the 2014 and 2015 season, and it’s time for another edition. Its quite entertaining for me to look back on the year and reflect on some of my favorite parts and also laugh at some of the horrible/absurd things that happened. Here is the 2016 edition of my superlatives:   Best moment – Winning Edmonton …

Mutually Inclusive

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While speaking to the swim team at my high school alma mater recently, I was asked what my goals in high school swimming were. My primary  goal was to win the 500 free at states. I fell short both years that I competed for my high school team and recalled being extremely disappointed by my performances, but I didn’t actually …

Gangnam Style (Plus One)

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Tongyeong I loved racing in Tongyeong and I definitely plan to return. Tongyeong is a fishing village located about 90 minutes drive southwest of Busan. It’s just about as far south as you can go on mainland Korea. I loved the rolling green hills next to the sea and the track surface running path right along the water. Its a …

Back from the Dead

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Most of my Latin American trip was pretty rough. I  try to talk about the challenges of being a professional athlete not to be negative, but rather to show that you don’t really need all of your ducks in a row to put a quality race together. As a young athlete I often felt like things had to come together …

How to Make Your Coach Jump

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After my catastrophic race in Edmonton last year, I was convinced that I would never return. In May, Paulo mentioned that it would likely be a good opportunity given its timing after the Olympics, but I still didn’t want to come back. I wasn’t sold on racing Edmonton until I was forced to withdraw from Tiszy and Hamburg in July …

Why Sport Matters

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Striving for excellence brings out the best and the worst in people. Unfortunately as the Olympics approach, a segment of the media is focusing on how the quest for excellence brings out the worst in people, or promotes unhealthy or undesirable behaviors. Federations and training groups engaging in systematic doping; athletes getting busted for PEDs (Performance Enhancing Drugs) or stories about those …

Leaps and Bounds

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Yokohama was my third WTS race and my second time on this course. I love Japan and I was excited to return to a place that I like and have the chance to redeem myself from my poor result last year. Here is my race in short: I got to the front on the choppy swim but couldn’t create any …