“Some of the first words April said to me were >> “You have potential.” There was no context to her comment, but I took it to mean sports and thought, “Duh.” After working with her for almost 2-years, I came to realize her words applied to life in general. She pushed me in sports, but I saw the effects in all aspects of my life. April held me accountable, not just for workouts but through all of the small details as well. She also taught me consistency and kept me realistic. As a hyper-competitive person in all aspects of life, she taught me that you can’t “win” a workout and that some days were meant to be easy. She taught me to not sweat the small things and to relax.”
In addition, she reads her athletes very well. She was patient when I needed extra attention and could read between the lines when I wasn’t having a good day. While working with April, I always felt prepared for challenges.
April also helped me over a large hurdle in my life, my addiction to food. I may have looked like a starving stick figure, but the addiction was real and extremely unhealthy (There’s a food journal to prove it.). There was an underlying issue buried deep within me, which I wouldn’t have found had April not shown me how to look within to dig deep and work hard.
April’s personality is addictive. She’s so much fun to be around. We swam, rode, and ran together, cooked chicken & peppers, and baked cookies many times, always while she had a smile on her face. It’s also a pretty badass feeling to be coached by such an accomplished professional! “
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“I remember meeting with April in January of 2011. We walked a 3-mile trail near my house with two short, quarter-mile runs. Our conversation was casual and focused more on lifestyle, schedule and habits than fitness and training. Looking back, I realize that she was using that time and that talk to learn HOW she would coach me, rather than laying out a generic training plan for me to execute.
Her style worked. I am writing this after completing a 4-mile run (non-stop … unlike the first time I ran with her) and am planning on my 3rd and 4th triathlon later this year.
In addition, April had a profound effect on my personal life as she coached me back in 2011. As she explained the idea of ‘keep moving forward’ as it pertained to triathlon, I realized I had paused in many of the non-fitness areas of my life. That talk and those three words were the push I needed to really embrace all of the lessons April was sharing as not only my coach, but my friend”
Jeff Dauler is one of the most recognized and exciting media personalities in the Southeast. He is co-host and Executive Producer of the syndicated morning radio show, The Bert Show. He is also a CNN Fit Nation Triathlete and continues to inspire others through his experiences. Learn more about Jeff
Like riding a bike, sometimes in life you just have to let go.
“Learning to ride the bike was the toughest challenge I had on this journey. Every ride I had until the midway trip in Florida was full of fear and white knuckles. I couldn’t make myself lay off the brakes coming down hills, so it made it very hard to climb back up. But on the midway trip, Coach April got inside my head and heart. During a bike ride, she said, ‘I want you to know you deserve this — all the time and work you’ve put into this. It’s worth it; all you have to do is let go and take it.’
Like braking on a bike, I was holding on too tightly to people, words and situations that had hurt me and to worries about things I have absolutely no control over.
So write down everything you are holding on to that is preventing you from living the life you deserve. You aren’t writing them down to dwell on them; you are writing them down to get them out of your heart and off your mind.
Here’s mine: ‘I am not defined by the scars of my past. It is up to me to define who I am now and who I will become. The only person I can save is myself. When I find it difficult to accept what I have no control over, I will let go and trust in God to guide me.'”
Annette Miller is one of the 2013 CNN FitNation Six Pack Team members. She completed her first triathlon as part of the FitNation Team in Malibu, CA in September 2013. These were her words regarding her biggest lesson learned through sport.
“April is not only a superb Professional Triathlete but she has served as the Atlanta-based coach for the CNN FitNation Triathlon Team for the past four years. She has also been an incredible private coach to me during the “off-season” training times. April demonstrates incredible judgment as she creates training schedules for experienced and novice triathletes alike.
April takes into account each athlete’s goals assessing both physical and emotional conditions. She knows how to work around injuries and more importantly what the best training regiments are to prevent them.”
Roni Selig is the Senior Executive Producer/Director of Health, Wellness and Medical Unit at CNN
5 Rules for New Triathletes (May 13, 2013 – CNN.com)
2013 CNN FitNation Kick-off Weekend: (2013 – Flash video)
Health for Her Segment on Proper Run Form (2012 – Flash video)