I hope you've been enjoying the heat and some great coaching with Coaches Sally, Derek and Ross in my absence. We've had a simply brilliant coaching trip over here in California and as I prepare to pack my bags and leave today to arrive home midday Friday, it's been great to reflect back on a great 10 days meeting some fantastic people and working with some great coaches. For your interest I've pulled together a bit of an image time line of what we've managed to cram in:
Saturday 11th November:
Leave Perth and arrive just 4 hours later in San Fransisco via a dip in Sydney here:
Bondi Icebergs Club
The best swimming experience I've ever had - it had to be done and dusted in less than 15 mins due to only a 2.5hr stop-over connection in Sydney. Short, sweet, but very worth it!
…and in San Francisco here:
The world renowned Stanford University pool - wow! Some epic swimmers have graced these lanes over the years!
Arriving in Palo Alto (silicon valley) just 4 hours after I left Perth was rather bizarre and I got to hook up and stay with a former athlete I used to coach some 15yrs ago in Perth:
Nice pad - Silicon Valley style!
Epic view over San Francisco as we landed
Sunday 12th November:
My drive to work to run a swim coaching session with world renowned Ironman coach (who had no fewer than 35 athletes in Kona this year!), Matt Dixon of Purple Patch Fitness, looked like this:
What can you say?!
A bit chilly on pool deck and 40+ swimmers to fine tune…all of whom were very excited to have me deliver their session as Matt uses our system and refers to us frequently…all the way on the other side of the planet! Very humbling.
A run along the coastline near Muir Beach was in order straight after we'd finished coaching. Stunning. See my quirky video here.
Monday 13th November:
I was invited to spend the whole day with CEO of Finis Inc (who produce all of our swim gear including the infamous Tempo Trainer beeper), John Mix, and his entire development team at Finis HQ to build relations, strategise for the future and to also shoot some fun video clips:
Finis sponsor some of the world's finest swimmers including 4 time Olympic medallist Anthony Ervin
This is Finis's official team mascot, "Finn" the agility paddle 😄
Tuesday 14th November:
It was then just a 1h30m plane ride down to San Diego to meet Adam, Cyndy, John Chip and the rest of our assembled Swim Smooth coaching team:
Cyndy says hi everyone!
Adam wasn't happy unless he hired the biggest, baddest machine he could find for our transport. Epic!
John Chip, Cyndy and Adam reunited again on Tamarak Beach, Carlsbad, CA
Check out this cool video swimming in the pristine Pacific Ocean. It was rather chilly!
Wednesday 15th November:
Today was all about getting ready to deliver our 24th 3-day Swim Smooth Coaches Education Course to coaches #333 to 352 the following day, but not before I guest delivered John Chip's squad in Solana Beach…the same set you guys did last Tuesday 😉 - we do this to ensure absolute consistency in approach with our now 48 Swim Smooth Certified Coaches worldwide and the effort shows:
Some of the growing number of swimmers attending John Chip's squad in Solana Beach, California - many of you will remember John as "Chevron John" from lane 3 on Wednesday's and Fridays right there in Perth - after leaving Chevron John's been on a life changing mission to follow his passion into helping others enjoy this great sport. We are super proud of him!
A quick stop at the world's first ever (and most famous) triathlon store, Nytro, where they stock the entire range of HUUB wetsuits and speed suits that we helped design 👍
Always time for a quick Starbuck's but I have to say it's not a patch on the coffee at Lake Espresso!
The coaching team debrief the night before involved great food, good wine and brilliant company - Stacee (Chicago), Cyndy (Houston), Linda (Florida)
Thursday 16th to Saturday 18th November (inclusive):
And so to the course with 20 coaches from around the world and also 14 swimmers from right across America travelling many miles to attend our 3-day course - humbling beyond words:
"Screw it, let's do it!" (as Richard Branson would say) - minimal sleep, copious jet lag but with great fire in the belly, we managed to get a quick dip in under this wonderful sunrise to start the course
One of the US's leading coaches and former Head Coach to Chile as well as Finis brand ambassador pleased to be learning the Swim Smooth way - we were honoured to have him along!
Coaches Morgon (senior sergeant in the Marines) and Jenn learn about our Swim Types system and how your height, build, gender, wing span and even personality affect how your swimmers swim. Knowing this allows our coaches to better tailor their approach to their swimmers
Coaches Chris and Liz get the same treatment - horses for courses, right?
Adam's "Strategies For Your Business Success" chat goes down a storm, as always!
Head Coach's eye view from the pontoon that made for perfect stroke technique instruction
Coach John working with neo-Pro, Erin on the final day
The Coaches hard at work, mentored by our 8 Swim Smooth Certified Coaches on pool deck to oversee proceedings
Coach Cyndy doing what she does best - empower people!
Getting some exposure for the Perth Squad 😉 where it all started! 👍
What a team!
A well earned beer after Day 3 - but which to choose from the Land of Choice?!
Sunday 19th to Tuesday 21st November:
No sooner had we finished the course but we were asked to deliver a radio interview with Ironman and USA Triathlon Hall of Famer, Mr Bob Babbitt (link to follow) to discuss the history behind Swim Smooth. We were humbled and privileged to be asked on the show as last week's guest was none other than Olympic Gold Medallist and one of the all time greatest female endurance athletes, Gwen Jorgensen
I was LOST. I found SPORT. I was set FREE. During our tour with Bob of the Challenged Athlete Foundation which has raised over $83 million for disabled athletes to continue their journey in sport often after catastrophic injury
Paying hommage to the mecca of triathlon, where it all began, Fiesta Island, Mission Bay, San Diego, CA
Video of us cruising around Fiesta Island - we could feel the goose bumps due to the famous location!
Hotel del Coronado - stunning!
Palm tree lined ice rink…on the beach! Go figure!
Bromance on the beach with the guy who made my dream of running a truly world class swim coaching program a reality. Thanks Adam!
As ever crew, thank you so much for letting me take the time to go and spread the Swim Smooth word even further afield! I look forward to seeing you all back on pool deck on Monday 27th November.