Today I had the pleasure of speaking with former professional swimmer and coach turned podcaster and entrepreneur, Rachel Boardman. Rachel started her own podcast, Beyond the Finish Line, after she had to leave her athletic career and struggled with her mental health and finding a new path. After returning back to exercising and overcoming her struggles, Rachel now helps athletes build and grow their own winning businesses.
Let’s jump into Rachel’s story of conquering the challenges of her life and how to make the next chapter of your life better.
[00:01 – 10:46] Opening Segment
Rachel fell in love with swimming as a sport when she was just a kid. At first, her father made her take swimming lessons because he doesn’t want her to drown while they were on a holiday. However, even after trying out several other sports, she still liked swimming best. From originally having just half an hour lessons, she started having 20-hour lessons a week and 5 to 6 gym sessions. She also started training with a coach. According to Rachel, her coach was also very helpful in helping her win competitions later on.
However, things did not always go perfectly with her swimming career. When she was in college and was preparing to go to the University (that’s how it is in the UK), she got sick with pneumonia and struggled to stay in her team.
[10:47 – 16:59 ] The break up and transition point of her life
Rachel shares about her “break up” with swimming—that moment when she missed the National Competition by less than a second. That time, she did not realize that she had to address it emotionally until much later. This and her being busy preparing for the University led to her feeling burned out after 10 years of competing. Thankfully, her coach understood her and helped her transitioned.
After quitting swimming, she focused on University and got a PhD degree. Unfortunately, her mental health suffered until she went back to exercising and being physically active again. When she went back to exercising, she was able to reset her life and set off on a new path.
[17:00- 23:29] Resetting her life to be better
Another reason why Rachel feels that took her a while to reset is that she considers herself not emotionally literate—she finds it very hard to talk about how she really feels to other people. Getting back to exercising really helped her overcome everything she’s going through and also made her have important realizations about herself. Rachel realized that she has always been hiding a big part of herself and avoiding having these important conversations with other people which later on, became an inspiration for her show.
[23:30- 31:23 ] Finding her new path in entrepreneurship
Rachel channeled everything she went through to her podcast Beyond the Finish Line and her business. Her show’s main theme is about the challenges athletes face once they leave their sport. In addition to helping these athletes tell their story and inspire other people, she also helps people build their business as business “funnel designer.” Listen to her tips about what types of content people want to see more of on social media which will be more helpful for building your business, and check out the links to her podcast and website below.
[31:24 – 36:28] The FOCUS FIVE Segment
The FOCUS FIVE are five questions I ask every guest on my show. Keep on listening to find out what book Rachel gifts most often; who would she talk to if she can get an hour of any person living or dead, and why; that one thing she believes but most people will disagree with; her morning routine; and lastly, where are the best places we can connect with her online. (See the links below for Rachel’s social media links!)
“Life is not all rainbows and lollipops.” – Rachel Boardman
“I dont think it’s going to get any easier, when people see the win and always expect it from you. I think a lot of it has to do with your perception of what you think people think of you.” – Rachel Boardman
“When you do get real, open and completely honest about yourself? That’s when people will give you support and be really grateful for sharing them.” – Rachel Boardman
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You can connect with Rachel personally on LinkedIn ,Facebook and Instagram. You can visit her podcast Beyond the Finish line to know more about how you can make the next chapter of your life better than the last.
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