Although I met Karel with a fresh "Master of Science in Exercise Physiology" degree, my love for strength training (and knowledge) started when I was around 12 years old, when I started competitive swimming. Our coach wasted no time, even at a young age, for us all to belong to Gold's Gym where we would all do our 30 minute strength workout before heading back to the pool for our two-hour swim workout. In High School, I continued to strength train and perform various plyometric and band work before workouts and then through college, the plyometric and strength routines became more complex as I found myself also swimming more yards each day/week than ever before.
The most important take away of this all is understanding that my swimming fitness came from a combination of being in the pool AND performing strength on dry land.
Here I am, 20 years later and I still value strength training as an endurance triathlete and it is an inaugural part of my cardio-focused training.
(telling my crit-racing boyfriend that he needs to start at a beginner level was not easy!)