Hello all! And welcome to Life After Swimming!

About Me:

My name is Nikki.  I am a music-obsessed, family-loving, mid-twenties blogger with a masters degree in special education.  Though I am currently subbing my way to a full-time position, I cannot wait to work in the field I am so passionate about!

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I started blogging in July of 2011, and since then, life has taken a turn for the better.  I began blogging as a way to hold myself accountable for my lifestyle.  I was a competitive swimmer from the age of 7 until I graduated from college, and afterward, I lost the drive to be an athlete.  Going from Division II swimming to laziness was not a good transition.  Through blogging, I’ve found that passion again.  I found triathlons, and I am so happy that I did! I also joined a masters swim team as well which helped me remember why I loved swimming.

Since blogging, I’ve also grown as a person.  I’ve completed my schooling.  I’ve gotten engaged.  Blogging has also introduced me to so many amazing people who think just like me!


Follow me on my journey as I plan a wedding, train for my first half Ironman, and continue my pursuit for a fulfilling life.

I hope you enjoy Life After Swimming! If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me at lifeafterswimming@gmail.com!


43 responses to “About

  1. I love your blog and the name! I did synchronized swimming for a lot of years (plus speed for school), so I definitely relate to eating anything you wanted and having to adjust now (and keeping active!)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  2. Cute blog! Kudos to you for completing the 1/2! So far I’ve only gotten through a 5k. 😉 Also, Geno is completely adorable!

  3. I completed a half marathon in May, as well! My first ever! Looking forward to following your blog 🙂

  4. Hey Nikki!
    I am so glad you commented on my blog so that I could find yours! Congrats on the half-marathon, that is such an accomplishment 🙂 I am definitely looking forward to continuing to read your blog

  5. Geno is too cute!! 😀

    Congrats on the half-marathon! That is a huge accomplishment!

  6. So you’re from Pittsburgh? That’s cool! I grew up in a tiny town 45 minutes northwest of Pittsburgh. It’s called Ellwood City. You probably never heard of it haha. 😛

  7. I just sent you back an email then decided to stalk your blog instead! That is so cool-I was thinking about getting a post degree in special education but then switched my major completely. Ah. We could have been ultimate twinnies!

  8. Aww Geno is so cute! I’m always happy to meet fellow swimmers in the blog world. I’m mainly a freestyler but I love the 100 fly too… I’m just lazy and don’t put much work into preparing for that race! The half marathon you did looks awesome. I bet it felt amazing to finish! I am just about to start training for my first one! 🙂
    I’m glad Hollie led me to your blog!

  9. Allie

    Yay for Pittsburgh and swimming!!!

  10. I have a cousin at Ship! And another cousin’s fiance is there too! Small world 🙂

  11. Just stumbled upon your blog… great posts and I will definitely be reading more! 🙂

  12. Hey! Just found your blog – we have very similar stories 🙂 I played competitive volleyball for what seems like forever, and I finished last year. Since then I have been trying all different types of exercise to stay in shape!

    Isn’t the freedom sooo nice?? !!!

    • So glad you found me 🙂 It is nice to have the freedom to choose my workouts, but sometimes I miss the motivation of a coach standing over you and making me workout!! I lack the commitment that I had before!

  13. Bre

    I’m from Pittsburgh, so that’s awesome! Congrats on the half marathon!
    Also, is your cat, Geno, named after a certain Pittsburgh Penguins player? 🙂

  14. Hey, I love your blog! & I’m from Pittsburgh as well 🙂

  15. Love your blog! I’m your foodie penpal this month and I’m also a swimmer…woo hoo 😀

  16. Hello fellow Fit Approach ambassador! I also swam throughout college! 🙂

  17. Hey Nikki! I’m from Pittsburgh too! Small world 🙂 Where did you go to high school? I’m adding your blog to my reader; can’t wait to see what else!

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  19. Awesome job on the 5k this weekend! I have really enjoyed getting to know you better through tweet chats and blogging! I love your blog! You really inspire me and now I can’t wait to get back in the pool! I nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog” award! Details are on my page!

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  21. Love your kitten Geno!! So so cute! Glad to have found your blog and looking forward to following.

  22. I am so pumped I found your blog! I am also a retired swimmer (14 years of competitive swimming) turned runner/fitness nut/health enthusiast. I swam at the University of Wisconsin from 2006-2010. I can’t wait to read more of your blog! I blog at http://www.theretiredathleteblog.com. Feel free to check it out 🙂 I am sure we will be writing about similar things!

  23. Hey Nikki!
    Just wanted to drop a line letting you know I love your blog! I swim for the University of Tennessee (well, I might be retired come fall, I haven’t actually decided yet…) but I love seeing how you stay active, happy and healthy now! (and I looove your kitty! I have a sweet one too). I have a little baby blog over at http://strengthinfreedom.com. Check it out–I’d love to be able to share workouts, recipes, and encouragement!

  24. This giveaway is awesome 🙂 I learned that I would probably be best suited for GoodBelly+. I love the probiotics, and I’d get 12 essential vitamins and minerals!

  25. Just now finding your blog. I love reading about what other “Retired” athletes are up to when their college careers come to an end!

  26. Came across your blog, and can’t wait to read more of your posts!

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  28. Great blog! Can’t wait to read more 🙂

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