POSE IN PRESS A collection of articles about Pose Method and Dr.Romanov in various publications.
TOTAL SWIM ONLINE MAGAZINE (UK)
Back In The Flow of Life
by Danielle Sepulveda
I wanted to express my gratitude for having discovered TI and for having the opportunity to continue learning how to teach TI as a coaching intern. On that note, I also wanted to thank you for the part you have played in helping to make my experience with Total Immersion so wonderful. Meeting you in Killington almost two years ago was a blessing and getting to know you since then, an absolute joy.
As I mention in my letter to Terry, I would never have mustered the courage to compete in my first tri if not for your encouragement and belief in me. And it was you who made my second trip to Killington memorable, despite me being relegated to spectator during the cycling and running for much of it because of my running injuries.
And finally, I am so appreciative for you introducing me to the Pose Method – it has truly transformed me (no overstatement, honestly) – I never would have been able to compete in my second tri if I hadn't gone to see Dr. Nicholas Romanov. So I shall continue to sing your praises down here in Atlanta and look forward to my third year in Killington and my second session as a coaching intern there. Thank you so much for your energy, enthusiasm and support – and for being seminal in opening up the incredible world of triathlon to me.
With many, many thanks...
I wanted to let you know what an impact Total Immersion has had on me. This July it will mark two years since I first stumbled upon TI’s website and learned of the triathlon camp you had scheduled in Vermont in August 2001. Not having been in a pool in seven years — nor having cycled in eight, or run in nine — I showed up at Killington and competed in my first triathlon one week later. Never did I dream I could be relaxed or comfortable in the water. As a runner since age five and a quintessential Capricorn, I knew that I was most at home on land and like all good goats, enjoyed scaling steep mountains, not meandering through water. But within just a few hours of learning basic balance drills, I experienced relaxation in the water for the very first time. And since then, I have never looked back.
I competed in the Vermont Sun Triathlon at the conclusion of camp – due in large part to Mark Wilson’s belief in me despite my own long list of insecurities and reservations. I wouldn’t call the swim enjoyable – more like someone holding me underwater while I tried to triple switch – but I did complete it — and with enough energy to hop on a bike for 28 miles and run for five. And so my life as a triathlete commenced and all was good.
So Terry, it is with great happiness that I write today to let you know that I competed in my second triathlon last Saturday. The really good news is that I feel great right now and can’t wait to sign up for my next one! Let me share some of the details. Because of injuries, dating from competitive running in high school and college, still persisting until March and because of my early morning/evening Pilates teaching commitments, I have been only able to attend a meager six TI swim practices this year — each of which was about 90% drilling, covering little distance at very slow speeds.
To have signed up for a sprint tri that started with a 600m swim was ambitious, to say the least. But I am here to tell you that with such little physical training (but a lot of mental training, in terms of understanding the TI method and my background in understanding core strength with Pilates) – I was second out of the water in my age group and 28th of a total of 78 women. I completed the swim in 13:58 and went on to place fifth in my age group and 31st overall – so the swim was my strongest leg. And best of all, I had such fun in the swim and was so relaxed. After the initial mayhem of the start abated, I settled into a steady rhythm, with my torso turning and my head hidden and my arms relaxed. TI at work is a beautiful thing. I came out of the water with a heart rate of 150, feeling fresh. But places and times aside, I am just so thrilled to be participating. I finished the run with a huge smile on my face knowing that I was doing exactly what I was meant to be doing; what a feeling it is to be in the flow of life.
So at last, I write to thank you, as so many others have, for enabling me – through your own discoveries and commitment – to experience the joys of swimming and triathlon. I am looking forward to returning to Killington in August for my third year in a row. Between assisting you and the other coaches on-deck, teaching a sunrise session of Pilates each morning, learning and sharing with campers, and participating in the Vermont Sun Triathlon at the conclusion, I know the week will be wonderful.
With deep gratitude,
And finally, I attended a Pose Method workshop with Dr. Romanov last month, which has revolutionized my running technique. Life is good...hope to see you in Killington in August.
Danielle Sepulveda is in training to become a TI Teaching Professional. She is a certified Pilates teacher in Atlanta and is completing a Ph.D. in international relations at Oxford University in England. You can reach Danielle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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