Erik Vendt, 3x USA Swimming Olympian
Published August 15, 2018
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    This week's conversation is with Erik Vendt - a 3x USA swimming Olympian. He won a silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics and the 2004 Summer Olympics in the 400-meter individual medley. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Vendt won a gold medal as a member of the U.S. 4×200-meter freestyle relay team. This is a fantastic conversation that shines light on some of the core themes that have emerged from Finding Mastery. Erik grew up loving swimming - so much so that he pushed all his chips in - and was determined to become an Olympian. And while he did in fact achieve his "goal" there was a cost to it. When swimming was over he felt void of passion and purpose - something all too familiar for many athletes when they reach the end of their playing days. For anyone who's gone through difficult transitions in life - I'm sure you'll be able to relate and for those currently facing a transition in your life - this is definitely a conversation worth your time. Erik's quest to find a new passion and purpose in life ultimately led him to WHOOP. In his role as Director of Performance, Erik works predominantly with the special forces community, specifically within a program called PTOF (preservation of force and family) focused on building a more resilient and ready war fighter. The idea is to improve their mental health, spiritual framework, and human performance and this is where WHOOP comes in. I think many of you are aware by now that WHOOP is a partner of Finding Mastery. I have been using WHOOP for months now - for me, it is about figuring out how my body responds to everything in life. Whether it is my diet, sleep, training, or other stress, WHOOP breaks it all down into personalized daily Recovery, Strain, and Sleep metrics.  If you haven’t tried out their technology yet – I encourage you to go learn more about their product. They also just created an amazing offer for Finding Mastery listeners. Your first month is now free when you sign up at: and use the code “FINDINGMASTERY” … all one word, all caps. This episode is brought to you by: Athletic Greens: Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: WHOOP: Starting today you can join WHOOP for $30 a month, six month minimum to begin. The WHOOP membership service includes the WHOOP Strap 2.0, professional analytics via its mobile and web apps, and a powerful community of performance-minded individuals. To find out more about what they’re doing and join their program, click the link below!
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