What We Can Learn About Athletic Identity From Michael Phelps

Last week, renowned swim star Michael Phelps returned to competition after a six-months suspension from competition with USA SwimmingThe New York Times published this great article on his initial jump back into the water. In the article, Phelps is quoted about his career and where he’s at now on his new path in life.  

As a retired swimmer, I wonder what got him back in the water. Was it the love of the sport? Did he feel he had something more to prove or accomplish? Or was something just missing? Was swimming the only way to help fill that void? 

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A Letter to My Younger Self

Dear Erica,

As I write to you today, I am 31 years old. You graduated from Purdue University nearly nine years ago (which seems like forever ago now). A lot has happened to you since then, too -- a husband, a sweet baby girl, a dog, the start of a career, the change of career path, two house purchases, four different homes (and cities) and several military deployments to the Middle East for your husband. You have met some wonderful people along the way, but have also had to say goodbye to many good friends. A lot of doors have opened because of these great friends as well.

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A Place To Talk Personal Athlete Development

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Erica and I’m a personal coach and athlete development professional. I’m launching this blog to talk about personal athlete development. Why? I think it’s a subject that’s widely ignored at all levels of athletics and that there just aren’t enough resources in place to help athletes transition through the various stages they experience during and after their athletic careers. 

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