Dr. David Gogulski, 44
I’m a family practice doctor at Scott & White Clinic in Cedar Park, and I swim with U.S. Master’s Swimming for the love of the sport, competition and camaraderie. A competitive swimmer before college, I hung up the goggles for 20 years to focus on work and raising kids. After trying my hand in weight lifting, running and mountain biking, I found they all lack the addiction of the cool blue water. When two of my kids joined a swim team, I was elated. Swimming is my original passion. When I spoke to my old swim coach, he said, “Aren’t you competing?” I dove in with enthusiasm. I train at 5:30 a.m. six or seven days a week, swimming 3 or more miles per day. It’s intense, but I love it. It never feels like exercise and it’s a natural outlet for competition. I train for speed and stamina. I lean over the lane line to shake my competitor’s hand after a grueling race, knowing that I put it all in the water.
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