Coach Nickie Luse is a dynamic woman who has a lot of experience in both sport and life. As a registered nurse and professional triathlete, she understands the complex systems of the body, biomechanics and how it all comes into play in endurance sports. She currently resides in her hometown of Dayton, OH and attended the University of Cincinnati where she competed at the Division I level in soccer.
She is not currently practicing in the field of nursing but she works at the local running store, Up and Running in Dayton, helps mentor the local running community and coaches for the local high school's cross country program. When she's not mentoring, training and racing, you can find her volunteering for a charity in Hawaii, yet another outlet for her to continue to give back.
"I credit many of my life successes to sports and to my coaches that have helped mold me as an individual. Coaching has become a passion and a way for me to give back to the endurance community, as I helps others chase their goals and dreams through coaching and mentoring."
Nickie is currently accepting athletes looking to increase their progression in all parts of endurance sports. She is excited to be a part of the Mind Right family and is excited about the future
"I was drawn to coach with the Mind Right team because of their all inclusive spirit. They've figured out the secret to the work, life, and play balance. If you race where there is a Mind Right presence you won't forget the energy their coaching staff and athletes bring to a race!"
You can reach Coach Nickie through our facebook page or by contacting us through the website.
Coach Johnathan LeJeune is based in Greenville, SC. He is a professional triathlete who also works as a full time salesmen for Superfeet Worldwide. When he is not traveling for work he enjoys spending time with his family exploring the outdoors and being active. Here is what Johnathan had to say about his career, family and triathlon:
"I am a husband, a father, and a triathlete. I have big dreams and a drive that is big enough to pursue them. I have been an athlete for as long as I can remember, participating in almost every sport under the sun. Sports is life and life is sports. My life revolves around the sport of triathlon, and I hope to show my children that anything is possible with hard work and determination."
Johnathan's family is the cornerstone to his life so he deeply understands the day to day juggling act of a serious athlete. He understands the balances needed and the sacrifices required to meet your goals, no matter how high they are.
I push my body daily asking it to find new limits time and time again whether that be mentally or physically. My guess is it gets pretty tired of me always asking it to cooperate. Therefore, I'm kind enough to give it an ice cream season, aka off season.
Two common questions I field...
Are you taking time off?
What does time off exactly mean?
Here are the answers, the important parts of my off season. Take my answers with a grain of salt, as you could ask 10 different athletes and get 10 different answers. All individuals have different needs for down time depending on our physical and mental stress load. The important part, we need to be honest with our individual needs, zero days off is not an honest answer. One thing is consistent amongst most athletes and highly driven individuals. When you push your body and brain whether you workout competitively or casually, whether you work full time or part time; you must take time in life to recover and give yourself a break, you can't ride the wave of top notch mental and physical fitness year round.
My ice cream season aka off season consists of 5 key factors:
Disclaimer: The first race of my upcoming season typically dictates the amount of time I take off. However, I'm pretty adamant for a month off regardless!
1. 2 weeks of NOTHING, NO EXERCISE! The most I will do is chase my nephew around the kitchen island or climb around on the jungle gym, I may be coerced into a walk, maybe.
2. 2 weeks of PLAY TIME! This consists of working out if and when I feel like it. It has to be considered FUN. NO WATCH, NO HR MONITOR, NO POWER METER. Most all of these workouts are with friends and the only must is we chit chat most the way. They get to dictate what we are doing, because I HAVE NO PLAN but to have fun. Trail shoes and mountain bikes are a must in this 2 weeks. Sometimes this two weeks turns into two months, it just depends on the year ;-)
3. No alarm clock. I know real life for most of us dictates an alarm clock, even for me. I do still have a "real job" at Up and Running that pays the bills. You get the point, no setting of the alarm to wake up and "fit life in or workouts in" before work! Wake up and drink lots of coffee and read the comics or something!
4. Icecream and adult beverages is a must! I know you all are twitching reading this right now. I don't eat a gallon a day and chase it with beer or wine, not to worry. Moderation moderation, just a pint! Relax and enjoy your favorite indulgences! For me it's ice cream and a good local brew with friends. P.S. I eat ice cream during the season too, just sayin...
5. Re-aquaint with my hobbies and spend lots of EXTRA time with my family & friends. More energy and less workouts lets me fill my time with hobbies! Call me old, but I like to read and knit too! My favorite days are slumber parties at my sister & brother-in-law's place...my nephew is the bonus ;-) Waking up to play time with a two year old is pretty much perfect. My family and friends sacrifice quite a bit given the time I dedicate to my workouts so spending extra time together is priceless and much needed.
Real life happens too, and the off season goes by in a flash! I get busy just like all of you, but I try to keep everything a bit more in moderation and make my 5 must do's a priority! I tend to work more at my "real" job Up and Running catching up on my to do list. Time off is good for the soul, you should take some too! It only hurts for a couple of weeks when you start working out again. You'll come back rested and stronger both mentally and physically! The off season goes by fast and the alarm clock will be ringing early once again, recovery boots and compression socks become a typical Friday night and my eyes will be closing by 9pm...not to disappoint though I'm still eating ice cream.
Cheers to a fast and healthy 2018!
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