chapter 3 Connect People with Development Partners

OUR FRIEND KAREN PARTICIPATED in her first triathlon this past summer. Early on, her coach, Marty, encouraged her to tap several other colleagues and advisers, but she didn’t feel the need to do that. She felt comfortable with all three sports: biking, running, and particularly swimming, which she’d enjoyed over the years. Things went along “swimmingly” until she faced the open bay water for her trial session. Although she was an accomplished pool swimmer, she couldn’t get her breathing right in the bay. The experience left her feeling panicky. When Karen shared her discomfort with Marty at her next training session, he reminded her about Chandra, the open-water swimmer he’d recommended she contact ...

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