I am a 43 year old guy with no swimming background. The moment I began swimming with Gerry, I knew I was in the presence of an elite coach. In his workouts, Gerry is a genius at creating different combinations of distance and speed, in a way that instantly transformed my swimming from a boring way to train, to a sport I was excited to do every day. In just a few months, I went from being a race “participant” to a top local swim-run competitor, consistently winning my age division in the Playa del Run summer race series. This year at the Malibu Tri, I posted the 13th fastest swim overall in a field over 1500 swimmers, beating every swimmer under the age of 30. It is not an exaggeration to say that I owe my success as a local racer almost entirely to the coaching of Gerry Rodrigues. If you are lucky enough to have Gerry train you, for God’s sake, go for it. You owe it to yourself to experience elite athletic coaching, and its power to affect your life, as it has affected mine.