This week's Show: Big-Hearted Swimming, with Zane Grothe

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Episode 17: Big-Hearted Swimming, with Zane Grothe

Episode 17 Show Notes

Episode 17: Big-Hearted Swimming, with Zane Grothe

Big-Hearted Swimming


On today’s episode, Kelly Palace shares her interview with distance swimmer Zane Grothe that she conducted at the recent Pro Swim Series event in Bloomington, Ind. Grothe talks about how watching himself on video improves his technique and how other swimmers like Michael Phelps, Michael Andrew and Caeleb Dressel inspire him.


Grothe talks about how pushing himself to do his best in the pool has helped him succeed in other areas of life too. He shares a typical training week and what his diet entails with listeners -- and explains the “why” behind his mohawk hairstyle.


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More About Zane Grothe


Zane Grothe is a freestyle swimmer who shines in distance and mid-distance events. He broke the American and U.S. Open records in the 500 yard and 1650 yard freestyle events at the 2017 USA Winter National Championships and is training for a chance to compete on the USA Olympics Swim Team for 2020. Grothe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Aerospace Engineering and said he hopes to one day work for a space-focused company, like SpaceX or Boeing.


Episode Topics and Mentions

Kurt Cady

Caeleb Dressel

Michael Phelps

Michael Andrew

Niki Nolte

Indiana University

Auburn University

Florida State University

Pro Swim Series

2020 Summer Olympics

Aerospace Engineering

SpaceX

Boeing

Livestrong Foundation

TEAM NEGU

Love Your Melon Foundation

Thyroid Cancer

Childhood Cancer

Mohawks

Pickleball


Action Items From the Hosts

Maria: Challenge yourself to deal with pain - how much pain can I manage? Pain isn’t a bad thing. Move through pain to become more mentally strong.

Kelly: Inventory whatever you are working on in your life and identify your strengths and weaknesses and then decide to work on your weaknesses.


Quote of the Week: “The seat of knowledge is in the head, of wisdom, in the heart." -- William Hazlitt


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Episode 16: Performance Anxiety

Episode 16 show notes

Episode 16: Performance Anxiety

The pressure to succeed can feel overwhelming for athletes or anyone preparing for something that means a lot. Conquering performance anxiety takes the right mindset and building up confidence in tangible ways.  


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5 Tenets to Combat Performance Anxiety

  1. Practice, practice, practice - If you've done your preparation, you know you are ready and it can give you confidence.
  2. Create a pre-performance routine - Have a set routine before a performance.
  3. Stay in your lane - Focus on your own performance, not what others are doing.
  4. Use adrenaline for fuel - Use caffeine as an ergogenic. 
  5. Add a "so" to your "what ifs?" - Visualization is key. 


Action Items from the Hosts

Kelly: Think about something coming up and give yourself a “So what?” so that the event is not so scary. 

Maria: Focus on the process and focus on what you are doing -- not what others are doing. Do what you do and enjoy it in the moment.


Quote of the Week

“There is no strong performance without a little fanaticism in the performer.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Episode 15: Unfinished Business: Ray Looze

Episode 15 Show Notes

Episode 15: Unfinished Business: Ray Looze

Ray Looze is the head men's and women's coach at Indiana University and has seen success as a swimmer and a coach. On this episode, he talks to Kelly Palace and Maria Parker about how his drive as a coach may be motivated by his own unfinished business.


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More about Ray Looze


Looze was on the USA 2016 Olympic team staff and coached seven 2016 Olympians, including Cody Miller and Lilly King. In 2016, he was named Big 10 Coach of the Year.


Looze is also a former USA national-team swimmer and a medalist at the 1991 Pan American Games. He swam for the USC Trojans in college.


"Coaching is the hardest thing I've ever done - and it isn't even close," Ray Looze said in this podcast interview.


Episode Mentions


Swimmers: Lilly King, Cody Miller, Blake Pieroni, Zane Grothe

Coaches: Teri McKeever, Jonty Skinner, Eddie Reese


Action Items from the Hosts


Maria - Consider yourself a professional in whatever you do.

Kelly - Rip off the Band-Aid and do something you've been scared to do.


Quote of the Week


"Life is not simply a series of exciting new ventures. The future is not always a whole new ball game. There tends to be unfinished business. One trails all sorts of things around with them, things that simply won't be gotten rid of." -- Anita Brookner


(Anita Brookner was an English award-winning novelist and art historian. She was Slade Professor of Fine Art at the University of Cambridge from 1967 to 1968 and was the first woman to hold this visiting professorship. She was awarded the 1984 Man Booker Prize for her novel Hotel du Lac.)


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Photo credit: SwimmingWorld.com

Photo credit: SwimmingWorld.com

Episode 14: Dealing with Pain and Suffering

Episode 14: Show Notes

Episode 14: Dealing with Pain and Suffering

Nothing teaches you about pain and suffering better than endurance athletics. Hosts Kelly Palace and Maria Parker are both top endurance athletes and share with listeners some of their mojo for dealing with pain and suffering, in both sports and life. Both hosts share personal stories designed to motivate, inspire and educate you.


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More About Managing Pain and Suffering

The right mindset has been scientifically connected to better management of pain and suffering.

Check out this article in Psychology Today by Toni Bernhard J.D. on how mindfulness can help with physical suffering:  


https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/turning-straw-gold/201104/how-mindfulness-can-help-physical-suffering


Action Items from the Hosts


Maria: Find a way to tell a story that is helpful and positive during pain and suffering. Try to tell a story that is authentic and true.


Kelly: Be prepared. Life can have painful experiences and you need to be ready.  Think ahead for that go-to person or practice that help comforts you.


Quote of the week:  “As much as we would like to avoid pain and suffering, they are some of life's best teachers.” --William E. K. Parker


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Episode 13: Achieving Excellence with Mark Bernardino

Episode 13: Show Notes

Episode 13: Achieving Excellence with Mark Bernardino

Listen in as Kelly Palace and Maria Parker interview legendary swim coach Mark Bernardino, the current associate head coach at NC State University. Bernardino discusses achieving excellence in his own life and with his swimmers from the over 40 years of coaching champions. He discusses what he thinks makes a champion and tells some fantastic stories to motivate listeners. 

Photo credit: SwimmingWorld.com\


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More About Mark Bernardino


Mark Bernardino came to prominence in the swimming community as the head swimming coach at the University of Virginia for 30 years. He went on to serve as an assistant coach at the University of South Carolina and is now associate head coach at NC State. In total, Bernardino has coached more than 40 years in Division I, with 27 ACC championships under his belt. Since 1996, he has put a swimmer on every Olympic team.


More Items Discussed on the Show


Read more about Fran Crippen, a swimmer for Bernardino that died at the age of 26 in an open water swimming race: http://www.espn.com/olympics/swimming/news/story?id=5718372

Bernardino’s “Law of the 8 Es”:  Effort, Emotion, Energy, Enthusiasm, Excitement, Execution and Encouragement = Excellence (do all of those things at the highest level possible and you'll find excellence).


Action Items from the Hosts


Maria - To prepare mentally for excellence, change the last thought of the day to something you are happy about.


Kelly - Part of achieving the 8 Es is to find someone who has a positive voice to bring enthusiasm and excitement. 


Quote of the week:  "We're not born mentally or physically tough, those are acquired traits and if you’re willing to work hard to develop those traits, chances are you'll become better than you ever thought you could become." --Swim Coach Mark Bernardino


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Episode 12: Motivation for Movement

Episode 12 Show Notes

Episode 12: Motivation for Movement

This week’s episode is all about the importance of getting out there and moving and how to incorporate movement into everyday life for better health, improved cognition and elevated mood. Kelly and Maria discuss how important moving is and the difference between movement and exercise. You'll hear Kelly's amazing story of running out of New York City on September 11, 2001 and how Maria got her start as an adult athlete.


More information on movement

Americans simply do not move enough. In total, Americans are  sitting an average of 13 hours per day, according to a survey from Research Now, prompting experts to declare that “sitting is the new smoking.” Not everyone has the desire to get out and exercise, but everyone should be prioritizing movement in their daily routines.


More information on the dangers of sitting:

https://www.cnn.com/2017/09/11/health/sitting-increases-risk-of-death-study/index.html


Action Items from the Hosts

Kelly: Buy an Air Desk / Floating Desk to use with a recumbent bike and move your legs while working on a computer, laptop or phone. If you don’t want to spend the money for the setup, find a countertop that is bar height or stack some books on a desk or table until you can stand to work at your screen.

Maria: Set a timer for 45 minutes and when that ends, get up and do something physical either outside, or right there in your home or office. Reset the timer when you are done. The timer is a reminder to get up and move.


Quote of the Week: "Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV, and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death." -- James Levine, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic


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Episode 11: Winning authentically with Braden Holloway

episode 11 Show notes

Winning Authentically


On today’s episode, Kelly Palace and Maria Parker interview Braden Holloway, NC State’s head coach for both men’s and women’s swimming. Holloway shares some of his strategic steps to success, including how he values being a mentor to his team members. Holloway talks about taking the NC State swimming teams from a “lull” to championship seasons and the progression over the last 8 years of his coaching tenure. 


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More About Braden Holloway


Braden Holloway is coaching his 8th season in 2019 at NC State for both the men’s and women’s teams. He has been named the ACC Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year six times in the past seven years and was named the ACC Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year in 2017. His swimmers hold multiple individual and relay records and NCAA championship wins. 


Action Items From the Hosts 


Maria: Reach out to someone you interact with personally or in business who you do not have a great relationship with -- and “think outside the box” on ways to improve that connection and build trust in the relationship.


Kelly:  Find one thing in your life that is not authentic and get rid of it or find a way to infuse your own authenticity into it so you feel comfortable and confident. 


Quote of the Week: “Be yourself, everyone else is taken.” Oscar Wilde

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Episode 10: Hit Small Goals to Win

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Episode 10: Hit Small Goals to Win

Break big goals into little steps 


On today’s episode, Kelly Palace and Maria Parker talk about achieving big things with small, actionable steps. Kelly shares her breast cancer experience and how the task of emptying her parents’ home to send her father to assisted living, before her mother passed away, was overwhelming but she approached both with baby steps along the way. Maria talks about competing in the Race Across America bike race. She had to have a “baby steps” mentality to succeed and tells her mailboxes story.


Embracing the grace is another tactic the hosts discuss that can be a useful tool in reaching goals and overcoming challenges.


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The Race Across America (RAAM) is an iconic bike race that stretches over 3000 miles from California to Maryland. Along the way, cyclists pass through historic landmarks while also traveling through deserts and mountain ranges. Maria Parker owns the 50-59 Recumbent course record, completing the journey in 11 days, 20 hours and 54 minutes in 2013. She was also named the Female Rookie of the Year in 2013.  


Action Items From the Hosts 


Maria: Think to yourself “What is the very next thing that I should do/can do – and then do it – and celebrate it.” 


Kelly: Write down what would give you a victory. Put one achievable goal a day for three days.  


Quote of the Week: “Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” - Vincent Van Gogh 


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What's Mojo? Defined as a magic charm, magic power or exuding influence, confidence or personal charisma. What makes a Champion? Most will tell you that they have had some kind of Mojo in their history on the road to being a champion. This podcast explores the notion that The Mojo that truly makes us better in sports or in life is overcoming adversity. Sports provide the challenges to prepare us for life. "My age-group Swim Coach John Flanagan (Andrew Seliskar's club coach) always says, "Swimming is Life". That stuck with me! The goal of this podcast is to connect you to the people, resources and inspirations that will help you be a Champion in sports and in life."-Kelly Palace

The show will feature Kelly and Maria and SPECIAL GUESTS and will be part Interviews, part Conversational and part Educational.

They'll discuss such topics as Overcoming adversity, Anxiety, Performance, Motivation, Attitude, Fitness, Weight Loss, Nutrition, Meditation, ASMR, Time Management, Stress Reduction, Grit, Positive Emotions, friendship, relationships, marriage & more. Maria and Kelly are sisters-in-law and have a unique connection of both being elite level endurance athletes, successful business women, social activists and best friends!

Podcast HOST: Kelly Parker Palace

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Kelly is a current Masters Swimming World Record Holder, US National Record Holder, Former NCAA Div. 1 Head Swim Coach, D1 All-American Swimmer, Olympic trials qualifier, owner of a multiple 7 figure business, Co-Founder of a Charity & Breast Cancer Survivor.  Kelly has a Masters Degree in Education with an emphasis in Sports Psychology.


Podcast Co-Host: Maria Parker

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Maria is a Multiple World Record Holder in Endurance Cycling-she's ridden over 470 miles in 24 hours. She won Race Across America, is a Boston Marathon Qualifier, CEO of a Bike company and CEO of a Charity for Brain Cancer research. Maria is a Mother of four and Grandmother of six and holds a Masters Degree in Counseling. Best podcasts co-host!