Imagine being an openly trans athlete. Imagine a career path that encompasses fashion design, commodities trade, hospitality, and philanthropy all of which led to a passion for running. Imagine tackling ambitious goals, then facing the challenges of existing.
That is exactly what I, George Melichar, am doing. To many, I am known by my chosen name Geo or my nickname GiGi. Having realized a true calling for coaching, I’ve also been a consistent advocate for the inclusion of all athletes to participate in sports.
To clear my head, I like to go for a run, even when, as was the case this month, it’s rainy most days. In addition, because July included the globally celebrated International Tiger Day, rather than taking my usual routes, I adjusted my distances to encompass all things tigers like an inspirational 10K catwalk and a pass by the zoo.
How I am doing in my goals is an equally balanced measure of the process, support, and motivation among my comrades’ discussed goals. My daily thoughts, the high-performance action steps I commit to, and the surrounding joy of New Orleans, defines and informs my ability to maintain an optimal performance regimen.
Currently, I’m forming the strategy to achieve a particular outcome in my short-term athletic goals as well as continuing my education, philanthropy, list of “Geo things”, and long-term/2021 indoor competition goals. Over the summer, I completed my USA Track & Field (USATF) Level 1 coaching certification. This fall I will begin the prerequisite classes to achieve a Level 2 event-specific course certification. My attitudinal goals are more abstract as we navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. I invite you to join me in Ambush Magazine as I/we move forward in our authentic journeys together.
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