Bring It On! A Simple Change In Mindset Makes All The Difference


This is me flipping into Lake Tapps prepping for a 2.4 mile open water swim at race pace.
Photo Credit: Eivind Naess

It’s been forever since my last post and a whole lot has happened since I wrote about taking a Beginner’s Mind approach to my training. Without boring you too much with the details, here are some of the highlights: 1) I’ve peaked in my training volume and am now, at long last, in the taper phase; 2) we sold our house and bought a new one; 3) my better half graduated from nursing school (woohoo!), passed the license exam, interviewed, and got a job as an ER nurse; 4) well, there’s more but I’ll leave it there. You get the idea…it’s been a wee bit busy.

Just one year ago, I would have said “NO WAY! It’s impossible” to balance the training I’ve taken on in addition to everything else we’ve been tackling as a family. Continue reading “Bring It On! A Simple Change In Mindset Makes All The Difference”

How to Short-circuit the “Expert”

“In the mind of the expert, they say there are very few possibilities but in the beginner’s mind, there are infinite possibilities .”

–Jon Kabat-Zinn


My almost 2 year old daughter is fearless! No matter the danger, she is willing to try everything. “I DO IT MYSELF!” is frequently heard at a volume of 11 around our house, in the backyard, and in local parks as she tries to do things that seem way too difficult from my “expert” perspective as her father. My 4 year old son is a little different.

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Are You a Worrier? Me Too!: How Worrying Can Help Us and Hurt Us

It’s a beautiful Sunday morning in early April in the Pacific Northwest and I’m well aware that we got lucky. I’m about to bike an organized 100km for the first time with a training partner of mine. I wake up at 5am, make coffee, and start to check things off of my list of “to dos”. Continue reading “Are You a Worrier? Me Too!: How Worrying Can Help Us and Hurt Us”

Goldilocks and The Three Bears: The Now is “Just Right”


We all know the story about Goldilocks and The Three Bears but just in case you don’t

know it or you forget, here’s the rundown:

A girl runs away from home (or is asked by her mother to leave her alone so she doesn’t get in the way) and eventually stumbles across The Bears’ home in the woods. She sneaks in and begins to look for what chair, what porridge, and what bed are “just right” for her. There’s more to it, but you can fill in the blanks. In my opinion, Goldilocks is looking for acceptance and is willing to do whatever it takes to find it.

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Motivation: How to Get the Thrill Back

If you’re anything like me, at one point or another you’ve probably found it difficult to do things like get out of bed in the morning, do the dishes, drive that 56 minute commute to work every day, or hit the stop button when you’re binging on this past season of Game of Thrones. A lack of motivation is simply an inescapable human experience and, since I’m human, I’m unfortunately no different. In fact, I may be the world’s worst when it comes to getting out of bed in the morning; and it’s particularly difficult when getting up means that I’ll soon be jumping into the pool.


The Thrill is Gone” is a song that can sum things up pretty well when I think about swimming competitively. Although Roy Hawkins Continue reading “Motivation: How to Get the Thrill Back”

Winston Churchill, My Observations, and Why I’m Improving


The great Winston Churchill is known for the famous quote: “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often”. Churchill had a way of cutting right to the chase while connecting with a whole lot of people. There’s a lot

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