I really enjoy reading and tend to go back and forth between fiction and creative nonfiction. There are many books that I barely remember anything about, and then there are those that stick in my mind for years. These five books are the latter kind. You don’t even need to be an athlete to learn something from each of these books. If you have big goals and dreams in any area of your life, I would highly recommend putting these on your reading list!Read More
Let’s talk about NUTRITION! I’ve asked former synchro swimmer and Registered Dietitian Katie Spada to provide a basic overview of nutrition. We cover macronutrients, what you should eat before, during, and after practice, portion sizes, and hydration.Read More
When you do a sport for 10+ years, it becomes a part of your identity. For 17 years of my life, I was a synchronized swimmer. And suddenly, the day after we finished competing in Rio in 2016, I wasn’t.
A lot of people struggle to find themselves after they retire from competitive sports, and I am no exception. I knew that Rio would be my last Olympics and that I would retire afterwards, but I still had a hard time redefining my identity now that I wasn’t an elite athlete anymore. When used to sit next to someone on the plane and they would ask “What do you do?” I would say that I am a synchronized swimmer training full time. As of September 2016, I had no idea what to say!Read More
When I was on the National Team, and especially during the 2012 Olympic year I went through several difficult situations outside of synchro that really affected my mental state in a negative way. I’m going to do a separate post about 2012 because I want to share the story that not many people know. During that year, and many other times, I felt very alone and unsupported. I had my family and non-synchro friends who I knew were there for me, but often times I felt like my teammates turned a blind eye to what I was going through. In synchro, your team is your family, and I think it’s so important to be able to support your teammates when they are going through something, whether you know the details of what’s going on or not.Read More
Confidence is one of the traits that is most commonly associated with great athletes. Top performers like Michael Phelps appear to be so sure of themselves and seemingly don’t care what other people think, but how do they get there? How do you “become” confident? It’s definitely not something you can just turn on and off, but rather a state of being and carrying yourself. I have a few thoughts on this that I’d like to share.Read More