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Art & Science of Triathlon International Coaching Symposium Wraps Up Day 1 in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Certified triathlon coaches of all levels came together Friday for the two-day USA Triathlon Art & Science of Triathlon International Coaching Symposium at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla.

Mike Reilly, the “Voice of Ironman,” kicked off the bi-annual event, which features two presentation tracks — one for experienced coaches working with advanced and ITU athletes and another for coaches working with beginner and youth athletes.

“It’s great to see our coaches focus on their continuing education and learn from the best in the industry,” said USA Triathlon High Performance General Manager Andy Schmitz. “More importantly, they network with each other. It’s as much about the networking as it is about what they learn.”

The day was filled with presentations from experts in the sport, including Bobby McGee, Bob Seebohar, Robbie Ventura, Genadijus Sokolovas, Brad Carlson, Julie O’Neill, Barrie Shepley and Hunter Kemper.

“One of the things we decided this year was that we needed to bring in some different faces, some new names and branch away from the strictly triathlon mentality,” said Tim Yount, the COO of USA Triathlon.

Two-time Art & Science attendee Todd Waldner of Fresno, Calif., said the big names aren't the only draw.

“This is the go-to place for all the knowledge. From my perspective, what [Art & Science] has given me as a coach, the tools that I've gotten from USA Triathlon are phenomenal, plus I can get all of my CEUs, too.”

Diana Nyad’s keynote address wrapped up Day 1, which for some of the 250 attendees began with a 6-mile fun run at 6:30 a.m. with Olympian Barb Lindquist. Nyad recounted life events that shaped her resolve and captivated the audience with her high and low emotionally-charged stories.

“We endure. You’re having a bad day, you’re not going to get your Olympic medal, but do you quit? No, you don’t quit. It’s the honor of the endurance athlete,” Nyad said.

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