To understand me is to grasp the understanding of my primary passions- Competition and Coaching. Mycompetitive nature stems from the completion of my very first Triathlon many years ago. AFRAID, TERRIFIED, PANICKED. Like a fish out of water. These are the emotions that led to or produced, great performance. These emotions created within me, healthy competition.Understanding that fear was my formula for effectiveness, led me to the obsession and marvel of the human body’s capabilities during competition. TRIATHLONS, DUATHLONS, MARATHONS, ULTRA-THONS, AND OBSTACLE COURSES… my choice of extreme sports due to the mere fact of being solo performances (the competitive element being proposed by and against one’s self). I am driven by fear. Fear of giving anything less than my personal best. Fear of not making the attempt at all. The fear of not finding my best self has to lead to over 20 incredible racing adventures, in five different countries, on three diverse continents. This fear in return yields self-satisfaction, self-glorification, and above all else, self-respect. Understanding that my athletic success stems not only from hard work, tedious training, and dedication, but as well as self-determination, leads to hard work and dedication within all other aspects of my life. However, regardless of the preparation…Nothing could prepare me for my greatest adventure, coaching. ACCOUNTABILITY, CREDIBILITY, AND LIABILITY…Characteristics that accompany this role. It comes with immediate realization, it is more than just the sport. It is more than teaching someone a clean, a jerk, or a Snatch. It’s more than a conditioning challenge or CrossFit. It’s more than being just a coach…It’s mentoring. It’s being a motivator. Positivity creates confidence. And to believe that you will succeed tends to silence the voice of self-doubt. This for me as a coach is primitive. To instill self-confidence, which in return yields greatness.Enthusiasm not only for the sport but for each individual athlete is part of my formula for success. Getting an athlete to believe in themselves and the desire to achieve prominence is key! With 20 years of certifications to display, these pieces of paper are mere printouts in frames, stuck on my wall. While they represent knowledge and know-how, they do not possess the power of pronouncing me as a good coach. But….the coffee mugs that read #1 coach and coaches change lives, well, those sources are a significant offering of thanks for accountability and motivation. I began coaching to hopefully use it as a platform to inspire, but rather I am the one who is inspired.