Who Am I? Who Are We As Athletes When We Can’t Compete
In this episode I’m sharing my personal journey.. It has been a challenging season since the pandemic. I faced various obstacles, including COVID-19, two knee surgeries, financial struggles, and my most recent surgery.
Many athletes find their identity in their sport, but it has been difficult to compete due to a plethora of reasons which I discuss.. It led me to reflect on who I am and the roles I play in life.I underwent surgery recently.. I share my fears surrounding the surgery and my desire to live without regrets. In this episode, I discuss the challenges athletes face and the importance of perseverance and self-discovery.
Join me as I navigate the difficulties of being an athlete who has faced many obstacles in return to my sports. How I am finding resilience, and discovering my path.
Navy officer, college president, and entrepreneur are only a few of Tom Scheer’s many accomplishments. In this inspiring episode, Tom shares his story of growing up in a racist neighborhood and finding acceptance through sports, leading to a passion for fitness and endurance races, including over 30 Ironman competitions. It all began at the Boy and Girls Club and he is passionate about giving back to the organization that gave him so much.
Tom shares his strategies for managing a busy life, emphasizing the value of discipline and time management. He discusses his military mindset, focus on organization, and reliance on good general managers. Tom also talks about his experiences at the Kona Ironman and the World Heavyweight Championship belt he created to celebrate his achievement.
Throughout the conversation, Tom emphasizes the importance of pursuing new hobbies and finding joy in life, encouraging listeners to move their bodies, get some sunlight, and engage with the world around them.
Overcoming racism through sports and the Boys and Girls Club
Managing a busy life with a military mindset and good general managers
Discipline and time management in pursuing athletic goals
Favorite Ironman races and completing all North American Ironman races
Kona Ironman and the World Heavyweight Championship belt
Racing in a kilt to honor Scottish heritage
Bucket list of races and endurance tests
Finding joy in life through pursuing new hobbies and passions.
Tom Scheer joined his local Boys & Girls Club on his seventh birthday and identifies his 12 years at the Club as the most positive influence on his life, for this time fostered a sense of commitment, work ethic, entrepreneurial drive, and love of sports.
Tom began his career in the U.S. Navy; he served as a Damage Control Assistant, Assistant Operations Officer, and as the Navy’s Right Whale Protection Officer. He was recognized for his fire fighting expertise, and was selected to lead training exercises for the Qatar Navy. Tom left active duty to take a position as an associate brand manager on Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. While at Kraft he led brand licensing, added colored noodles to the macaroni & cheese box, and spearheaded trade spending reductions. He subsequently worked as a brand manager for Rich Products and CibaVision, working on Farm Rich French Toast Sticks, Rich’s Éclairs, SeaPak Shrimp, and FreshLook fashion contact lenses.
Tom has also been an owner and managing partner of several small businesses, among them T-Scheer Pizza Inc. (a Hungry Howie’s franchisee), Knox Consulting Group (small business consulting) and the Steilacoom Group (apparel company). He is currently pursuing entrepreneurial endeavors while in business school, and is the founder of Move-In Box, a student launched consumer packaged goods based company.
Tom earned a B.S. in Computer Science from the United States Naval Academy and is currently a Dean’s Fellow at the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, earning an MBA with Emphasis in Entrepreneurship. While a member of the Boys & Girls Club, Tom won Junior Olympic Gold and Bronze medals in table tennis. In college, he fought to become an All-American Heavyweight Boxer. Tom is currently the captain and starting goalie of the Ross hockey team, despite having never ice skated prior to business school.
His awards include the Navy Commendation Medal, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern MichiganAlumnus of the Year, Coast Guard Guiding Principles Award, and, as part of the Benjamin Banneker Society, President George H.W. Bush’s 437th Daily Point of Light. He is the proud father of three children from a former marriage.
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In this episode, the last of Season 6 I’m sharing my personal journey. It has been a challenging season since the pandemic. I faced various obstacles, including COVID-19, two knee surgeries, financial struggles, and my most recent surgery.
Many athletes find their identity in their sport, but it has been difficult to compete due to a plethora of reasons which I discuss.. It led me to reflect on who I am and the roles I play in life.I underwent another surgery recently. I share my fears surrounding the surgery and my desire to live without regrets. In this episode, I discuss the challenges athletes face and the importance of perseverance and self-discovery.
Join me as I navigate the difficulties of being an athlete who has faced many obstacles to return to my sports. How I am finding resilience, and discovering my path.
Anna emphasizes self-compassion in sports
Encourages athletes to explore their identity beyond sport
Shares her favorite and worst races
Advises athletes to focus on process and consistency
Works with many everyday people, especially women
Practice changed due to Covid
Highlights importance of having a support team
Emphasizes availability of resources for everyone
As a psychotherapist and life coach, Anna Marcolin has built a thriving private practice over the past 25 years. Her specialties include supporting corporate and individual clients in the areas of anxiety and depressive disorders, leadership and team building, relationship challenges, imposter syndrome, and confidence.
Anna has helped hundreds of people heal from trauma, break through limiting beliefs and confidently go after the life they want through her evidence-based, holistic approach. She breaks through to her clients quickly with her unique ability to connect with authenticity, empathy, and humor.
Anna’s power comes from success in the world of triathlons, a sport that’s been a constant in her adult life. As a medaled and sponsored triathlete with hundreds of races behind her, Anna has honed skills that make her an exceptional life coach and therapist including mental flexibility, focus, and endurance. This experience has given Anna insight into the presence of stress and self-doubt that many of us face in our high-pressured society.
With an unwavering belief that every human being deserves a deeply fulfilling life, Anna meets clients where they are and gives them the tools they need to truly thrive.
David Redmond started his triathlon journey following his divorce. He has a family history of high blood pressure. He knew he was at risk if he did not get off his couch and become active. Watching an IronMan World Championship on TV was his initial inspiration.
As a young man growing up in Indiana, David was very active in sports. He played basketball, football and even some baseball. After college, he did some boxing at the gym but pretty much remained inactive until his divorce in 2010.
David relies on the triathlon community to stay inspired and get the training he needs.. Despite not having a dedicated coach, David has done well for himself completing for IronMan 70.3 races and two full ones 140.6 races. He says he owes this success to the Atlanta triathlon community.
David is a man who wears many hats. David is an actor, he picked up the guitar during Covid. David Redmond also considers himself a bit of an adrenaline junkie going as far as racing with the bulls in Spain for his 50th birthday.
The young David becomes involved in multiple sports.
How David became interested in triathlons.
David talks about some memorable races, the good and the bad.
David tells us how he relies on the community to train and race in the Ironman.
Running with the bulls in Spain.
What’s in the future for David in his triathlon journey?
David talks about his acting career and his hopes for the future.
Injuries and their effect on performance.
Some life lessons David has learnt from racing in the Ironman.
David Redmond (51 yrs old) considers himself to be more of an athlete than a runner or triathlete. He has completed 6 Ironman distance races: (4) Half Ironman and (2) Full Ironman. He began his triathlon journey in 2011 after his divorce. He found himself unmotivated to go to the gym and was just going through the motions.. David has a family history of high blood pressure. David knew that he had to remain active and change certain eating habits. He is unsure when he will compete again but the Atlanta Triathlon Community provides plenty of opportunities to run, bike or swim in group settings.
David played football and basketball growing up in Southern Indiana. After high school, he continued his football career at Murray State University, where he was a 3-year starter. He also completed his degree in Electrical Engineering and became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc (Spring ’91 Eta Beta). Academically he also completed his MBA – International Business and Master’s in Information Systems at Georgia State University. He is currently an IT Portfolio Manager for Inspire Brands.
Outside of training for triathlons, David dabbles in acting: Snake in the Grass -USA, Love Match Atlanta – Bravo and The Resident – Fox are some of his latest projects. He hopes to expand on his acting endeavors once his son graduates high school in 2024. David also picked up the guitar during COVID and has enjoyed the 2-year journey that he has experienced thus far. Lastly, David is a bit of an adrenaline junkie who recently ran with the bulls in Spain
On today’s episode, we will hear from renowned wellness expert and distance running enthusiast, Dr. Nina Cherie Franklin. Also known as That Salad Lady across multiple media including YouTube and TikTok. Dr. Franklin will talk us through her journey of keeping fit since the age of 12 to date even through motherhood.
Dr. Franklin has extensive knowledge about food and nutrition given that she has a plethora of academic degrees and certifications. She will talk to us about her passion with food and nutrition how she moved from academia to create the “That Salad Lady” brand. Why she feels like this way she has more impact on the world than she ever would have hoped to.
Besides sharing some of her recipes, she will teach us how to create our own salad bowls filled with foods we love and how to not feel guilty about certain foods.
Dr. Franklin starts running prompted at age twelve.
Dr. Franklin speak about her experience running marathons.
She talks about remaining active even after a difficult pregnancy.
Balancing running, motherhood and work.
So, what motivates Dr. Franklin to keep active?
Nutrition academia and gaps in research particularly with black women.
Dr. Franklin drops academia to become That Salad Lady.
Dr. Franklin shares some of her salad bowl recipes.
Dr. Franklin shares some life lessons and words of wisdom for us.
Nina Cherie Franklin, PhD is a healthy living coach, globally recognized wellness expert, and the woman behind the blog and brand “That Salad Lady” and “That Salad Lady University.”Leveraging her scientific knowledge, academic background and extensive experience in health, nutrition and fitness, Nina inspires healthy eating and living through practical hands-on experiences, and empowers lasting lifestyle change through continuing education offerings andlifelong learning opportunities.
As a commentator and regular contributor to scientific journals and national media
publications, Nina influences and challenges the wellness industry and is a strong advocate for making healthy living more approachable, accessible and inclusive.
About “That Salad Lady”
As That Salad Lady, Nina Cherie Franklin couples her advanced degrees and decades of
experience in health, fitness and nutrition with her obsession for salad making.
Leveraging her blog and brand and recently launched University, she educates and empowers
everyday people by promoting small diet and lifestyle changes through salad making to,
ultimately, cultivate healthier, happier relationships with food. By teaching people how to build their bowl.
That Salad Lady helps people gain more confidence through a greater sense of
control over their eating patterns, food choices, and overall ability to make healthy, satisfying
As Nina Cherie Franklin, PhD she remains active in contributions to scientific journals and
national media publications in order to continue her efforts to influence the wellness industry
and to advocate for making healthy living more approachable, accessible and inclusive. But That Salad Lady is here to prove that this can all start with a salad.
· PhD in Kinesiology, Nutrition and Rehabilitation; UIC.
· MS in Movement Science (Clinical and Applied Exercise Physiology); UIC.
· Diploma in Clinical Massage Therapy; Soma Institute, Chicago, IL.
· BS in Kinesiology (Exercise Science, Fitness and Health Promotion); UIUC.