Louis Clay TharpCredit: Louis Clay Tharp

Competitive swimmers and triathletes are an uncommon bunch. Their dedication, self-motivation and confidence push them to set demanding goals, then overcome them time and time again. And when it comes to overachieving, no one does it like the Cadets of West Point's Triathlon Team. In 2007,  they ranked 5th overall in Collegiate Nationals, earned an individual gold medal in Age Group Nationals and earned a bronze medal in the Worlds in Hamburg.    

Their journey to accomplishment is an engaging tale, and one that is told in Overachiever's Diary: How the Army Triathlon Team Became World Contenders, written by Louis Clay Tharp.

Tharp, a competitive swimmer and World Masters medalist, is the swim coach of the West Point Tri Team. During his own individual journey toward a healthier lifestyle, he unearthed Total Immersion, a matchless training approach designed to give faster, more fluid results than universal methods. He used these methods to help the Cadets maximize workouts, maintain efficient strokes and increase speed through not only physical means, but also cognitive.

Louis Clay Tharp wrote day by day emails to the Cadets including what to expect at practice‚ why it is necessary, how it will be done and its benefits. This one-of-a-kind coaching device resulted in a batch of inspiring, useful and often funny emails that ultimately turned into Overachiever's Diary.

The book is separated into 3 segments:

  •     Mechanics: Drills, tips and techniques
  •     Math: Calculating speed and efficiency, plus establishing empirical goals
  •     Motivation: Inspiring emails sent to the team before major events

Tharp's mentor, and Total Immersion founder, Terry Laughlin, provided the intro. The book also includes multiple essays by Laurie Ferguson PhD, a motivational speaker and psychologist, on the importance of attitude, motivation and confidence.

Overachiever's Diary breaks down motivation and mechanics into terms all athletes can understand. It enlightens, inspires and pushes the physical and psychological limits of overachievers worldwide.