Support/Mental Strength – by Coach Heather

Support/Mental Strength What is support?  Google defines it as to bear all or part of the weight of, build up.  Give assistance to.  Why is it important related to health and fitness?  It is crucially important. There are some people who are self-motivators and value exercise or who grew up exercising and love it.  There are those who like myself didn’t grow up exercising and it’s intimidating. I remember the first time I stepped into the gym with Jolene and my family.  It was very intimidating.  I was fat, had no self-confidence and had no clue as to what I was doing.  I remember walking on the treadmill and looking at Jolene and saying hey that looks cool let’s try that etc.  You could tell I had no clue as to what I was doing.  It is funny to think about it.  I will never forget this Trainer asking us if we knew what we were doing.  I appreciated her honesty. I remember when I was training for my first Triathlon.  Having my husbands and families support was so crucial.  Being surrounded by people who love you, believe in you and support you is really important. As I was growing up, I didn’t have any self-confidence.  As kids, we were always put down.  Our cousins were always praised.  So growing up and taking up Triathlon I have broken a lot of barriers and have had a lot of breakthroughs. I remember when I was losing weight and people in the gym would see me and encourage and compliment me.  It is the best feeling to have others see you...

Overcoming Obstacles

What does overcoming an obstacle mean to you?  Google defines it as to defeat in competition or conflict.  To deal with successfully, prevail over, surmount tried to overcome the obstacles of poverty.  To overpower, as with emotion; affect deeply; was overcome with grief I was messaging Kristie and we were talking about Australia.  I told her that I was nervous about being there by myself.  After traveling for almost 20 hours I had to drive to my rental from Brisbane which is an hour and 20 minutes to Gold Coast!  I went to drive the car after putting my luggage in the trunk.  I went to the left side of the car and said oh duh the right side lol.  It was different sitting on the right side.  I had GPS thank God thank you to my wonderful husband looking after me!  Driving on the left side of the road was different!  The drivers were more cautious especially to pedestrians and cyclists! I arrived at my place and the parking garage was steep which was a little scary!  Then when parking the spaces were a lot more narrow than here in the USA!  That was scary!  My host said I will park for you lol you have had a day!  All of my flights were delayed due to weather and I slept most of the flight from LA to Brisbane! I told Coach Kristie my host parked my car for me that is was that narrow!  I told her the car might stay parked lol!  I said but that’s not how you overcome!  A few days later I drove...
Introducing Coach Diane!

Introducing Coach Diane!

I consider myself a life time athlete and coach! My athletic career started at 11 years old, continued through high school, collegiate softball player. My coaching began as a volunteer in the athletic community of Northeast Philadelphia. With the leadership and mentoring from my coaches, I went on to pursue my BS in Health and Physical Education and taught and coached for 15 years at various levels. Upon relocating to FL, I changed careers and received my AS degree and have been a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. I continued my athletic involvement by participating in running, cycling, and triathlon. I have continued as a PTA for the past 28 years in various setting. In 1999, I was one of the first USAT certified coaches (16) and in 2001, became a USAT level 2 coach. I also was certified in US Cycling, US Swimming. I am currently ITCA certified. ( I hold many other certifications in my “tool box”) I have had many local coaching programs in the St. Petersburg  area, including a children’s triathlon program. My running coaching program was large group yearly lead in preparation in varied distances. If we total my years of coaching, it would be over 30 years of experience. Most recently,  I have expanded to virtual coaching to include para athletes in both running and triathlon. I have coached runners from beginner to elite in both running and triathlon. My participation as a multi sport athletes spans almost 30 years. I have experienced both US National and World competition in triathlon as a visually impaired para athlete. I have run several Boston Marathons. Oh,...

Taking Risks by Coach Heather

What are risks?  Google defines risks are defined as a situation involving exposure to danger.  Risks have I taken any!  Absolutely!  I am going across the globe without my husband.  That is a huge risk.  I know that I have the Lord with me every step of the way!  I will be safe!  Risks what kind of risks do you take in everyday life?  I have taken many risks on my fitness journey.  The first one I took was marrying Frank even though I knew we loved each other.  We met online somewhere I never thought and nobody ever thought I would meet him.  God always has a plan.  Frank has been the biggest blessing in my life.  I was telling him today that none of this would be possible if it wasn’t for God and him.  Frank purchased Jolene and I our first training package.  The second one was to learn to swim.  The third getting on my bike after being a child falling off and never running competitively.  All 3 of these risks have brought me greater joy than I could have ever imagined. In our church service last Sunday our Pastor talked about risks.  He talked about a purpose driven life and taking risks for the Lord.  When we face him what risks did we take for the Lord.  I believe my job is top inspire others!  When I started my fitness journey I had no clue that I would take the risks I have taken.  Where did it take me?  To ITU World Championships Gold Coast Australia! I never dreamed I would be a Personal Trainer, Triathlon...

Recovery – by Coach Heather

What does Recovery look like to you?  Is it just sitting down after a workout?  Is it eating junk food after a workout? Recovery is defined as a period of rest for the body to be restored to a state where it can exercise at high intensity levels. Sleep is one of the most important components of an effective recovery program.  The days that you have a high-intensity workout make sure you get adequate sleep so you wake up the next day feeling recovered before your next workout. There are other strategies such as compression socks, cool Epsom salt baths, foam rolling, stretching and just plainly putting your feet up. One of the hardest components to manage is recovery.  We have to balance life – work, family, children, etc.  We are always taking care of others and what they need.  There comes a time that we need to think about ourselves.  Injuries and OTS (over training syndrome) occur when you don’t take the time to recovery (taking care of you). When I have a 2 hour brick or do a mock Triathlon I make sure I have my compression socks/shorts/pants and OOFOS recovery shoes with me.  As I am on my feet a lot I have compression pants to wear to work.  Also, I have to think about recovery for my feet.  You can combine any of the above recovery strategies. Nutrition is defined as the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health/sports.  Recovery after a workout should be essential.  Macros and micros are very important.  It’s huge because of EPOC (exercise post oxygen consumption).  As...