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.
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.
Alex Torres, an Ironman Triathlete, shares his journey of overcoming challenges and realizing his potential to become an Ironman. Alex started his athletic journey as the “runt of the Torres family,” but through hard work and determination, he proved everyone wrong and accomplished his goal of becoming an Ironman.
One of the key pieces of advice that Alex shares is to never forget your “why.” This is what will keep you motivated and inspired during the long and tedious moments of training. He also emphasizes that discipline and perseverance are essential in becoming an Ironman, but these qualities are anchored on your “why.”
Another important point that Alex mentions is that you don’t have to have the most expensive equipment to participate in a triathlon. He was once embarrassed by his lack of fancy gear, but he was reminded that it’s all about the “engine,” meaning the person themselves.
To sum it up, becoming an Ironman is achievable if you have the physical capability, financial means, and most importantly, the determination and commitment to see it through. Find your “why,” stay committed, and never let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. The choice is yours to cross that finish line and hear your name being called as an Ironman.
Alex has completed multiple Iron Man races
Dreams of writing a book
Apologizes to younger self for past hurts
Believes everything is possible with effort
Encourages listeners to find their “why” and stay committed
Iron Man requires grit, determination, perseverance and discipline
Success depends on aligning all elements with your “why”
You have the choice to cross the finish line, whatever the distance
Alexander Torres is a native of Gary, IN. Alumnus of Indiana University. He is a former member of the Horace Mann High School track & cross-country teams. He continued his running in the United States Army as a member of the Commander’s Cup Team.
Alex ran his first marathon in 2004, the Chicago Marathon. He has ran the Chicago Marathon every year it has been held since 2004. Alex is currently registered for the 2023 Chicago Marathon which will be his 19th consecutive Chicago Marathon. Alex first official race as an adult post military was the marathon distance.
In 2010, he decided to compete in his first Ironman race, Ironman Louisville. His first triathlon was the full Ironman distance. To date Alex has completed 14 full Ironman races. Alex is currently scheduled to race Ironman Coeur d’Alene 2023 and on tap to race in the Ironman World Championship in Kona, HI in 2024 after qualifying via the legacy program.
Professionally Alex is in the pharmaceutical industry as an Executive Institutional Representative in Grand Rapids, MI in the area of surgical anesthesia and heart failure.
This episode features two athletes sharing their journeys, successes, and challenges. This mother-and-son duo in sports always finds a way to support each other! Dr. Petriece Culberson started her fitness journey while serving in the US Army. Her son Jullien “Jules” CulbersonJules was exposed to sports even while in the womb. He was pushed in a stroller as his mom ran with her mom group. Dr Culberson attributes her time in the armed forces and participating in sports in making her disciplined and driven. She uses this drive in competition, pushing herself to be the best she can be.
Jules has always played sports: basketball, football, soccer were his major sports when he was younger. Unfortunately an injury ended his football career in middle school.. He did not let his injury deter him. Taking an unfamiliar path, Jullien tried out for and made his high school swim team, and completed in his first triathlon at school. Recognizing the significant underrepresentation in the swim community, Jullien also accepted a position to give swim lessons to young children, making a personal commitment to ensure that African-American children were well trained in basic swim techniques.
Dr. Petriece Culberson decided to compete in a triathlon and her son joined her. Team Culberson was formed and their first event was an indoor triathlon together .Jules continued to accompany mom to her races and it sparked a desire in him to do more and in Spring 2022 they completed a half distance 70.3 together.
Together, triathlons have created a stronger bond between this mother and son duo— they are truly an inspiration and prove that triathlon is a sport for all ages and that fitness can be a fun family affair.
Dr. Culberson start in fitness
Dr. Culberson first endurance race experience and what she learned from it
Jules started in fitness
The injury that could have ended Jules fitness journey
Jules pivot to become a swimmer
Jules role in sharing his gift with the next generation
Dr. Culberson first triathlon after she resumed the sport
Jules training for his first 70.3 Half distance Triathlon
Team Culberson Journey to complete Ironman North Carolina 70.3 as a Duo
Dr. Petriece Culberson
At her first duty station, she joined a proud group of service men and women in her unit who exceeded the maximum points required to earn the infamous Army Badge for Physical Fitness Excellence. Her love for health and fitness resulted in a nomination and selection by her leadership to attend a newly developed health and fitness program for the US Army. Following extensive physical and academic training, Petriece earned the title of Master Fitness Trainer for the US Army. Throughout her military career, Petriece taught physical fitness training and oversaw Army Physical Fitness Testing at numerous military bases stateside, abroad, and while deployed.
While stationed in Turkey, in support of Operation Northern Watch, Petriece completed her first half marathon at the age of 27. She was humbled by the experience and quickly realized that although she could run two-miles for the military fitness test effortlessly, 13.1 miles was hard, really hard. This humbling experience was the beginning of her distance running journey. Following her retirement, Petriece decided that she would not run again for a very long time.
She was tired. She quickly realized that she missed running. She missed the time alone with her thoughts and the physical results that running produced. Petriece gradually returned to running and walking short distances (5k/10K). In 2010, less than two years after her retirement, Petriece tragically lost her mother. In search of holistic methods to help her manage grief and depression, Petriece turned to meditation and running. Running became her outlet, driving her to complete over 50 half marathons, a few marathons, 50k, and 50M distances within a few years.
She found peace, solitude, and healing in her running journey. In 2017, Petriece re-entered the world of triathlon. It would be over 20 years since her first triathlon. She was a mediocre swimmer but had enough skills to prevent drowning. Her son, who was the Co-Captain of his high school swim team at the time, joined her. She recalls being lapped by her son while she walked the laps. At the time she could not swim 25 yards without holding on the lane line ropes. With determination, training, and support from her son, Petriece went on to complete numerous local sprint and olympic triathlons, often making the podium. Her new-found love for triathlons led her to successful completion of the Ironman 70.3 distance and Ironman 140.6 distance within two years of her return to triathlon.
Most recently, Petriece completed Ironman North Carolina 70.3 with her son, Jullien.This was the highlight of her triathlon journey. The best proud mom moment ever! While she admits that age and injury have impacted her ability to be as quick as she used to be, she is committed to continuing her health and fitness journey, incorporating triathlon along the way.
Dr. Petriece Culberson is a 20-year retired Army Veteran currently employed by the federal government. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services/Psychology, a Master’s degree in Education, and a Doctorate’s degree in Management and Organizational Leadership. She is the owner of BloomPrint (Life) Coaching, an avid traveler, and a certified scuba diver. During her free time, she enjoys volunteering in support of the underserved in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
Jullien “Jules” Culberson
Jullien Culberson was born in Wiesbaden, Germany while his mother was serving in the US Army and his father played for an overseas basketball club. From birth, Jullien spent many days in the gym while his mother led fitness training for military service members and his father practiced basketball. Jullien began his love for sports at the age of five. For four years, he played basketball with a local basketball club while simultaneously playing soccer for a Southern California Soccer Club.
At the age of ten, he relocated to Texas with his family where he was reintroduced to football. Jullien played several seasons with Plano Sports Authority until an injury brought his football future to an unfortunate end. Jullien did not let his injury prevent him from excelling in sports. Taking an unfamiliar path, Jullien tried out for and made his high school swim team. Recognizing the significant underrepresentation in the swim community, Jullien accepted a position to give swim lessons to young children, making a personal commitment to ensure that African-American children were well trained in basic swim techniques. In this capacity, Jullien also served as a Swim Team Coach for a local swim club in North Texas.
While swimming could not replace his love for football, soccer, and basketball, Jullien was proud to make a presence in an under-represented sport, ultimately earning his position as the team Co-Captain. During his four-year stint on the swim team, Jullien played water polo and completed his first triathlon during the off season.
In 2017, Jullien accompanied his mother for an Indoor Triathlon. The following years he supported his mother as a Sherpa as she trained for and competed in Ironman 70.3 and Ironman 140.6 distances. Witnessing the Ironman journey up close and personal sparked his curiosity. He competed in local triathlons and in Spring of 2022, he registered and committed to his first Ironman 70.3 alongside his mother. The mother-son team affectionately known as Team Culberson, successfully completed Ironman North Carolina 70.3 in October 2022.
Connect with Team Culberson
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