Today we’d like to introduce you to Sandy Ziya.
Sandy’s love of triathlon started several years ago when she participated in her first a “women’s only” un-timed triathlon event in Omaha, Nebraska. Now, a full-time coach and mother of four, she has every triathlon distance under her belt in a variety of venues.
In late 2007, Sandy began her career coaching triathlon at Lifetime Fitness, spreading her love of the sport to athletes of all ages. She launched the ever-growing Kids Triathlon Race in Omaha, started a Kids Tri Club, Running Club and Endurance Club. In 2013, Sandy left Lifetime Fitness to dedicate herself full-time to her own coaching business, SwimBikusRun. Sandy has since encouraged and enabled athletes from ages five to 65 to personal bests on a journey of fitness that is truly addictive.
Omaha Women’s Triathlon designated Sandy two years in a row as their “official coach.”
In 2014, she was voted “Best Endurance Coach in Omaha” by Omaha Magazine.
Ever the fitness and healthy lifestyle advocate, today she organizes weekly workouts and training sessions including video analysis; writes custom training plans for every financial AND time budget; coaches triathlon clubs for every age level; offers gear/race day consulting; provides nutrition coaching; hosts and organizes events and socials for athletes of all ages and their families; teaches yoga; and is a motivational speaker. She also still finds the time to actively compete and race.
Coach Sandy has been practicing yoga since 2010 as a way to support her “real” endeavor of triathlon. After a very short while she found that she appreciated yoga on its own merit and have respected it more each day.
In 2014, Sandy received her Power Yoga Certification from Omaha Power Yoga under Jeff Beaudoin, Ph.D. Sandy has a unique style of yoga steeped in Ashtanga with a blend of strength, balance and core work unlike anything you have previously experienced resulting in a full body exercise for any “body”.
In the summer of 2015 Coach Sandy moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to continue coaching, training and race directing. She is currently attending Oriental Medicine School in Fort Lauderdale (ATOM) to add primary care physician to her offerings! (acupuncture, herbals, injectables, etc).
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Starting my own business and leaving the support and structure of a huge corporation was daunting to say the least. Growing triathlon in a state with minimal swimming options and seasonal training challenges created a lot of anxiety! Moving across the country embarking on a new degree at age 48 was a challenge to be sure! And finally! as a single mom balancing school work and family, opting for a “normal” job holds a LOT of allure!
Swimbikusrun – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
SwimBikusRun is focused on personal health; exercise, endurance, and recovery. Here at SwimBikusRun coaching knows no boundaries, and SwimBikusRun has a worldwide client base.
SwimBikusRun trains triathletes via personal consults and monthly training plans. SwimBikusRun utilizes Training Peaks online software to deliver the best online coaching and training experience possible. Through this software, you will be able to access and track your daily workouts, diet, and race progress. Leading by example, living a healthy lifestyle, and is casually seen running on the beach before the crack of dawn, playing tennis, teaching or participating in Yoga, the list goes on and on. What we are most proud of as a company is starting the company and sustaining it single-handedly, With house-hold-name companies such as Polar USA, and Brooks Running at my side, this buys me a distinctive advantage.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Here at SwimBikusRun, we define success as building from nothing to improve the world in some way while causing no harm or pain to anyone or anything.