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 …

Year of the Panda

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Ok, so it is actually the year of the monkey. But I like pandas and Chengdu is home to the largest panda reserve in the world… so we will go with the year of the panda.  Actually, as far as I’m concerned its always the year of the panda 😉 Following my race in New Plymouth, I spent the next week …

Double Down Under

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Since my last post, I’ve raced twice down under. The first race was in Mooloolaba, on the Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane in Queensland. The second was in New Plymouth, on the North Island of New Zealand. Mooloolaba Mooloolaba was not one of my better races. I didn’t respond well when the race started going poorly and things spiraled out of …

Wisdom from Ralph (Waldo Emerson)

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“If you do the thing, you will have the power” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Six months ago I was finding my way out of a few months of struggles. For the first few weeks back at it I still wasn’t convinced that I would ever be able to do the things that I was able to tackle prior to the crash. One …

College Fiesta on Fiesta Island

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Tritonman is The Triathlon Squad’s annual local hit out race. It’s pretty incredible that a draft legal race that attracts many competitive athletes exists half an hour from our base in Poway. Tritonman is a pretty chill race that attracts athletes with a variety of goals. There’s the ITU crowd looking for a rust buster before the traveling starts, the …