Q: Tell me a little bit more about what you do for clients, what type of training programs do you take them through? (just describe yourself a little bit for readers that don’t know who you are)
I’m an open water swim coach that focuses largely on mechanics of the freestyle stroke. I predominantly work with Triathletes and individuals rehabbing injuries. With clients I utilize underwater video (as well as video above water) to analyze their stroke, and then assign certain drills and focuses specific to their particular stroke. Swimming is anything but intuitive, so allowing the athlete to see what they’re doing in the water reduces the learning curve significantly. I dork out on the science of fluid dynamics and how to work most efficiently with the medium of water.
Q: You’re currently training to swim across the English Channel next year, what does that involve? What kind of things do you have to prepare for?
I am absolutely nuts, but nothing excites me more than the idea pushing my mind and body past any threshold that currently exists, by way of water from England to France. The waters are notoriously brutal and known to be of the most difficult in the world. With that said, preparing myself for the variable water conditions requires some hefty training. I can expect super cold, rough water the entire 22 mile swim, scary amounts of jellyfish and other critters, sea-sickness whilst swimming, and the list goes on. I’m currently building my weekly distance in the water up to 70 kilometers, taking loooong ice baths daily, eating all of the food I can get my hands on to help “insulate” my body in the frigid 60 degree water, as well as maintaining a happy body through yoga and weekly massage/ROLFing. (Thanks Sage at the Solberg Center!)
Q: How does training in the water affect your skin and hair? Any must-have skin care products?
The chlorine certainly beats up my skin, and my hair gets a bit crisp at times. I use “Alma” coco lotion on my skin twice daily, as well as “Yes To Tomatoes” facial lotion. I guess you’d have to ask my wife how well these work for me, but I certainly feel much less itchy and dry!
Q: Describe your ideal client, who would benefit the most from training in water/ training with you, and what kind of results can they expect to see?
My ideal client is a self-motivators wanting to learn. I’m very in-depth and hands-on with clients, so a lot of attention is required from them. The beauty of who I work with (triathletes), is that they aren’t afraid to push themselves and are very committed to their sport. My clients constantly improve their efficiency and confidence in the water, thus producing a more tactical and competent athlete come race day. They also get faster, which never hurts!
Q: What are some of your workout essentials (favorite bag, shoes, tunes, etc)?
In the water I’m quite loyal to speedo, from suit to goggles to swim bag. When I’m on deck coaching, it will be rare to see me NOT decked out in lululemon from head to toe. Music is one of my biggest passions and I actively collect records, BUT I deprive myself of music during workouts and swims to help build mental toughness and endurance.
Q: What is the actual name of your sport and what is the hardest part of training and racing?
The sport is called Marathon Swimming. Technically what I’m preparing for is an Ultra Marathon swim, but who’s keeping score? The most difficult aspect of training is dealing with loneliness of the sport. Swimming counts hours can be quite isolating, as you have no one to talk to but yourself in your head. I’ve been able to turn this into a productive meditation of sorts, in which I can reflect, plan, and truly listen to my body.
Q: #1 vacation spot?
Key West, Florida! My wife and I have made this a yearly trip that we make in June. We plan the vacation around a swim race called, “Swim Around Key West”, a 12.5miles circumnavigation of the island. After the race we spend the rest of the vacation…well, swimming more. We’re not normal.
Q: Dallas’ best hidden gem?
The Trinity River. It’s not “hidden” per se, but certainly under-utilized. The trail system that is currently being developed along the Trinity River will be a game changer for athletic training. Can you imagine creating an open water swimming basin in it? I’m dreaming…and digressing, but you get the point.
Q: Lastly, why do you cleanse with Roots Juices?
I like to consume foods that work WITH my body, rather than against it. With the amount of precise calculation my training currently requires, I have little room for error. Roots saves my day!
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