"I really started to dwell on the fact that my swimming career never really had any goals, records, or crowning achievements. It was more or less an experience that I survived rather than thrived. I am proud of my swimming career but I feel in the end my measure of success will really only be subjective...I decided that I needed to have a goal set or some reason to train."In July of 2015, Frederiksen made the commitment to the English Channel. After two months of being more intentional with his training, he received confirmation that he was on the schedule to swim the Channel in August of 2017. Frederiksen shifted his mindset and started entering open water competitions, including the Big Shoulders 5K in Chicago where he finished second overall. With great success right off the bat, Frederiksen got his final confirmation and a little extra motivation to tackle one of the hardest swims ever. This shift in his mindset carried over to other aspects of life, particularly coaching,
"The kids I coach seem really engaged in this challenge I am taking on and perhaps my coaching career will get the most mileage out of this experience...I have gained so much more knowledge and experience during this English Channel crossing preparation. I will always be able to leverage these lessons I have learned over the last two years throughout my coaching/swimming career."What started as a fantasy in the back of his mind is now a reality. With the support of his family, his swimmers, and his crossing support crew, Frederiksen has goals to cross the Channel in under 12 hours. Frederiksen is on track to reach his "crowning achievement" as a swimmer.
"I decided to do this to reach my full potential as a swimmer, coach, husband, and father."With two solid months of training left, it's crunch time for Frederiksen. Follow Frederiksen's training and the big swim at the end of August here: A3 Performance on social media and Craig Frederiksen on his individual accounts to track his progress and see his success on crossing day!
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