I grew up in Florida near or in the water. My family was always taking fishing and diving trips when I was a child, so it was inevitable that I fell in love with competitive swimming at 8 years old. My dedication grew each year and I lived and breathed the sport until my senior year of high school. I hated missing a single practice and took pride in being the hardest worker.
This came with a lot of internal pressure and I was simply burnt out by the time I should have been looking at college swim teams. Instead, I attended a school without a swim team, University of Central Florida, and coached my former swim team, the Blue Dolfins. I fell in love all over again with the sport. My heart missed the competition but there was something incredible about teaching 30 something kids the same principles and values I learned over 10 years. Sometimes I regret not swimming in college but I gained so much more by coaching.
I still ate like a swimmer and the weight crept up (something like 25 lbs…eghh). That had to end so I started swimming again with friends and occasionally running. It wasn’t the same…I was working out for the scale this time. One day, somebody from the UCF Triathlon Club, the Tri-Knights, encouraged me to join and race. I wasn’t interested from my previous experience 2 years back with a Sprint triathlon. I hated the bike…still have a love/hate relationship with it. Eventually, I went to a meeting and signed up for a triathlon. This time I was hooked.
Now I race whenever possible and couldn’t be happier pushing myself and sharing my love for this sport.
Please post a comment if you have any questions. I don’t actively post anymore but I love answering questions. Keep in mind (this is the teacher in me), if you have a question about it somebody else probably does too and will benefit from you asking. 🙂