We Are Dedicated: Mike's Story

Feb 07, 2018 | | 1279 |

We Are Dedicated: Mike's Story

by CDK Global

Mike Hurd has been swimming competitively since the age of 8. He played many sports, like football and baseball, but found that his passion was swimming. He continued to swim throughout high school and college, and, now, he’s a Masters Swimmer in Maine.

Masters Swimming is for anyone — age 18 to 118 —who wants to train and compete. Mike, who favors the 200-meter breaststroke event, is placed in a mixed group with others who swim at a similar speed. During competition season, he wakes up at 5:00 a.m., meditates or does yoga alternated with resistance stretching, and trains four to five times a week. During the work week, he trains for about an hour and swims with a group on weekends. He swims somewhere between 2500 to 3000 yards —that’s 120 laps— during each workout.

His ultimate goal is to continue swimming at a high level, while still competing and having fun.

Mike’s dad has been the biggest influence on his life. An athlete for most of his life, Mike’s dad still maintains an active lifestyle. Even though his dad is fighting cancer, he says he’s been playing the best golf of his career. His dad’s positive attitude throughout the treatment has been a great source of inspiration. The older members of his swimming group who are still having fun with the sport also influence Mike.

Mike is motivated to continue improving. He measures his time against others in his age group as a way to create a goal for himself to keep getting better. His ultimate goal is to continue swimming at a high level, while still competing and having fun.

The greatest accomplishments in Mike’s life are raising two daughters and competing in one of the biggest open water swimming events in Maine. The race —which Mike competed in five years ago— is a 2.4-mile open water swim in 50 degree New England waters. Mike finished in the top 10 out of 600 other elite and recreational swimmers!

Advanced planning helps Mike to balance his work and athletic life. He picks out the days when he knows he can fit in a swim based around his work schedule, and makes the time in the morning. Mike’s role at CDK Global requires him to travel, but he hasn’t had any trouble finding a place to swim yet. He can use a pool at his hotel or find a local YMCA.

CDK Global has enabled him to continue this lifestyle by giving him the ability to work from home. Although he finds that he ends up working more hours at home, he’s able to have a flexible workout schedule. The volunteer time benefit offered by CDK has also inspired him to start an Adult Learn-to-Swim group at his local YMCA, which he plans to launch in April.

His advice to aspiring athletes? “Do something you enjoy doing. If you haven’t found what you enjoy yet, keep trying new things until you find the right hobby. It’s never too late to start something new – in athletics, in your career or in life.”

Audrey Maxson
Audrey works in the marketing department at CDK Global as the Social Media Coordinator. She attended New York University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Media, Culture and Communications and Broadcast Journalism. She grew up in Westlake Village, California, but she currently resides in Illinois.