Monday, February 1, 2016

2014 Reflections

by Gina Kehr

Towards the end of 2014, I sat back and reflected about what worked in my coaching and what I can improve. I asked myself many questions and I couldn't help but think about each athlete I coached and what they have taught me. I learn so much from each athlete I work with and together we have a relationship that is unique to itself. I am truly blessed to be able to work with such a wide range of athletes. From youth beginners to the veteran senior, for 12 weeks or three years, I want to thank all my athletes for all the experiences you taught me in 2014. Below are my top takeaways for 2014 to carry over into 2015.

  1. Consistently applying proven coaching principles overtime produces dramatic results.

  2. Mental resolve, the fourth discipline, must be trained consistently to produce consistent results.

  3. Collegiate triathlon, a team sport, is the pipeline for learning, development and growth in our sport. If you’re given the opportunity to participate, you must take it.

  4. A major letdown can be seen as a negative or an opportunity.

  5. Training and racing at 70 years of age keeps the marriage and body alive.

  6. Working with true rookies is a wonderful experience. From the first interaction of, “I have no swim, bike or run background,” through to the finish line can only be described in one sentence: “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities.”

  7. Smiling and attitude are is everything.

  8. Confidence and belief in in yourself and your training to a key component to success. Take the “all in” approach.

  9. Finding your body “cocktail” is the fifth part of triathlon: swim, bike, run, mental fortitude and massage, chiro, pilates… what is your cocktail?

  10. Commitment, dedication and fearlessness will take you everywhere.

  11. Even in your 20s you need to have a recovery period.

  12. The act of simply participating in triathlon can teach you more about life than crossing any finish line first.

I would like to give a big thank you to the athletes I worked with in 2014: Thomas Jacob, Randi Shiromizu, Craig Albanese, Giorgia Valoti, Rob Humphrey, Scott Sinatra, Jon Ballack, Eric Roodhouse, Garrett Fowler, Dennis Woodside, Ben Telling, Matt Walden, Mark Manoso, Liz Roberts, Janice Bridy, Nader Mousavi, Gerry Tavolato, Stephanie O'Connor, Susan Whitehead, Erica Baylor, Sten and Carole Mawson and Stanford University Triathlon Team.

Gina Kehr was a professional athlete for 15 years, competing in events ranging from Olympic Trials to Ironman World Championships, where she achieved five Top 10 finishes in her career. She coaches athletes of all levels and all distances. Her experience comes from her journey as a novice age group triathlete who quickly worked her way to becoming an established professional triathlete. Gina also works with the Stanford Tri team, is a coach with Stanford Masters and leads a squad of short and long course athletes. You can read more about Gina at
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