Webinar: Building Your Weakness: The Swim
Topic: Building Your Weakness: The Swim
Triathlon remains extremely popular among adults, yet a commonly expressed worry among new and even seasoned triathletes is getting through the swim. Besides the navigation and bumping in the water, which is a challenge for nearly every triathlete, many athletes suffer from fear of the water, in varying degrees, that interferes with their enjoyment of the sport.
This webinar addresses the origins of phobias/fears in general, fear of the water in particular, and how coaches can understand and help their aquaphobic athletes.
No triathlete has gained the recognition or success that Mark Allen has. After competing and losing in the Ironman Triathlon Championships six times, he emerged victorious in 1989, winning the most difficult one-day sporting event in the world.
It would be the first of six Ironman victories for Allen, the last coming in 1995 at age 37, making him the oldest champion ever. He has also excelled at the Olympic distance, winning the sport's inaugural World Championships in 1989 in Avignon, France, by more than a minute. He went undefeated in 10 trips to the Nice International Championships, and from 1988-1990 he put together a winning streak of 20 races.
Over the course of his racing career, which ended in 1996, he maintained a 90% average in top-three finishes. He was named Triathlete of the Year six times by Triathlete magazine, and in 1997 Outside magazine tabbed him The World's Fittest Man.
Recognizing the Ironman to be a test of one’s resolve as much as one’s body, Mark credits his string of six Ironman victories to Brant Secunda, who is a shaman, healer and ceremonial leader in the Huichol Indian tradition from Mexico. It was Mark’s studies with Brant, which he continues today, that enabled Mark to be ready to pass Ironman’s test of body and soul.
His work with Brant Secunda also lead to the creation of Fit Body Fit Soul, a series of seminars that Allen and Secunda co-teach in the United States and Europe. In these retreats Mark and Brant integrate the themes of body, heart and spirit and share many of the practices for developing the power of one’s body and soul that enabled Allen to win the Ironman, giving the participants a template for health, balance and well-being that they can use in all areas of life. For more information on upcoming Fit Body Fit Soul seminars go to www.danceofthedeer.com
Mark also brings his stories of Ironman success alive in the business setting providing insight into what it takes go beyond challenges in an every changing world. He shares his keys to Ironman success to help others become champions in their personal and professional lives. His clients include Franklin Covey, Honeywell, and Lucent Technologies.
Luis Vargas is a co-founder of MarkAllenOnline.com along with The Grip himself. Luis met Mark in 1990 in Boulder, Colorado and has a lot of incredible (if not painful) memories of training with him. Luis has a broad background in the world of athletics that started early in his life. He was born in Ibague Colombia, but moved to San Juan Puerto Rico when he was 12 years old where he ran cross country, swam, and participated in varsity soccer and volleyball during high school.
In 1978 he went to the University of Miami were he combined one year of varsity swimming with three years of varsity soccer. In 1983 he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and in 1985 a Masters of Science from Arizona State University.
Like many people in the 80’s Luis had watched coverage of the Ironman on television and after finishing his schooling decided to give some shorter races a try. He eventually qualified for the National Championships of the USTS series, and then progressed to half Ironman distance races, and eventually to the full Ironman distance. Luis qualified for the Ironman World Championships in Kona five times and posted a personal best in 1993 with a total time of 9:34.
In 1996 Luis changed his focus from training himself to training others. "When I was young my coaches were some of the most influential people in my life. So I decided to get into coaching myself". Luis first coached boys soccer for five years with outstanding results. One of his teams went from a losing season to an undefeated and championship winning season in two years.
By 2001 he was ready to come full circle and begin coaching in the sport of triathlons. That year he received his USAT coaching certification and joined forces with Mark to provide the first ever artificial intelligence triathlon coaching engine. Luis, a programmer by trade and a triathlete by passion, helped Mark bring online the knowledge, training methods, and experience Allen gained as a world-class athlete.
Luis had not only the sophisticated programming expertise necessary to execute such a daunting task, but also provided an age grouper’s insight to the project. Together they combined a champion’s experience with the realities of family and work commitment into a joint vision that provides the best possible triathlon coaching available.
Still living in Boulder Colorado with his wife Kelly, son Camilo and daughter Sofia all avid triathletes.
Event Type: National
Entry Fee: $24.99 for USAT Members and Race Directors; $39.99 for Non-Members
Event Date: Aug. 24, 2010
Start Time: 3:00 PM MST
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