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About a year ago I received a phone call from a little known Open Water Swimmer named Micha Burden. She had read my book, “The Mental Edge” (Putnam) and wanted to do some mental training with me. We met and I felt this little dynamo had something special. Despite her soft voice and quiet demeanor I could tell she had a real fire inside to be her best. I had no idea at the time, that this former Cal Bear swimmer, a girl with average times and no reputation in Open Water Swimming to speak of, could come so far in such a short period of time.

Micha shocked USA Open Water Swimming with her amazing victory at the U.S. National Open Water Championship. She shocked the best swimmers in America and in the world because she did everything right.

Shortly after we started Mental Edge Training she asked me to put her on a physical training program. I created a program especially for her and she did it as close to perfection in attitude and action as anyone I have ever trained. This girl is amazingly tough and determined.

Once I realized her commitment to physical training, we put together a nutrition program especially for her. She followed it perfectly. It was strict but reasonable and got more strict as she peaked for the USA Open Water Championship.

She ate right—She thought right—She trained right—She beat the odds through perfection of effort.

Micha willingly did things she had never done before, some bizarre and ultra intense physical training combined with cutting edge sports psychology. It was different and she was different as a result. She experienced “realized potential” and personified my philosophy of Eat, Think and Train Like a Champion.

Of all the World Champions, Professional Athletes and Olympic Medal Winners I have trained, Micha Burden is as special as any of them. In many ways she stands out from all the rest because of the odds against her. She did this on her own. No corporate sponsor. No major league contract. No financial support from USA Swimming. This was not a teenage wonderkid living at home with wealthy parents and people fawning over her. This girl did it the hard way, working odd jobs, renting rooms and putting in 7 hour training days.

Micha Burden is a champion because she willingly paid the price. She is living testimony that great things can happen when you dream big and follow through.

Corporate America needs to wake up and sign this girl! She is beautiful, well spoken and has a smile that lights up a room!

Nike get to her before someone else beats you to her!

Ken Baum


October 22, 2007 - Posted by | Adidas, amazing women, athletes, athletic women, athletics, Blogroll, champion, eas, endurance, endurance training, fitness, health, herbal life, inspiration, lifting, mental toughness, mental toughness training, mental training, metagenics, metrx, motivation, Nike, olympics, open water championship, peak performance, performance psychology, plyometrics, power, power training, professional sports, quickness, quickness training, speed, speed training, Speedo, sports, sports psychology, supplements, swimming, the flow, the mental edge, the zone, training, training women, twin lab, Tyr, Uncategorized, underdog, weights, women fitness, women in sports, women that rock, women that train, womens health | , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. What a great story! All of us who coach would love to have an athlete who is so committed. I really love seeing results like that for an athlete who obviously followed her coach’s advice. You must feel proud and vindicated. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by coachkaylynne | October 23, 2007

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