Welcoming Triathlon Coach, Tawnee Prazak to The GREAT Community

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We’re very excited to welcome the newest member of The GREAT Community today: Tawnee Prazak, M.S. CSCS. Or as her clients know her, Coach Tawnee. We’ll be redesigning her existing website, www.CoachTawnee.com.

Tawnee is a triathlon coach, personal trainer, and freelance writer (sports publications) based in Laguna Beach, California. She is also an avid triathlete, which plays largely into her business: Her coaching clientele includes local age-group athletes of all ages and skill levels, as well as non-local clients that she coaches on an online basis only. She also does personal training at a local gym for the everyday fitness seeker.

What we love especially about Tawnee is her approach to training and the support she gives her clients:

I take an “everyone is an athlete” approach to all my clients whether they choose to compete in a race or not.

And you’ll often see her racing alongside her clients, hanging out at race expos and having fun with swimbikerun. Who wouldn’t want that kind of support from a coach? We love it, totally agree with it, and can’t wait to help her coaching business grow through a website redesign.

We think there are tons of people out there that could benefit from her coaching and training abilities, so her website should (and will be!) a great help in introducing those people to “Coach Tawnee” herself. All GREAT stuff ahead!!

Up ahead

We’ll be reworking Tawnee’s site using WordPress and a really awesome theme from PressCoders. Be sure to check back soon for the official launch of www.coachtawnee.com, V.2!
[divider style=”dotted”] For more info on Tawnee Prazak’s coaching & training, head on over to her blog: [button url=”http://tritawn.blogspot.com”] Tawnee’s Blog[/button]


DIY Bench Project

I love building websites, and graphic design, and typography, and photography, and photo editing, and crafting someone’s online strategy…. all things creative and techy. But I also love to step away from the digital stuff and physically build something once in a while… like lots of people do! I get a big urge every month or so to trade in the mouse and keyboard for pencil and draft paper to follow. Then maybe paint and canvas, or hammer and nails. Either way, every once in a while I feel a really strong urge to create something with my bare hands. Something I’ll have to scrub them clean for when I’m done. Like a creative cleanse.

Usually, it’s a painting. But, our apartment is only so big, and I’ve already painted over all our huge canvases. So this time, it was a bench. :) And I gave myself a day to make it (this past Sunday).

The Thought Process

It was a bench becaaaaauuuuse:
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  • My husband Ryan was out of town and it was the perfect opportunity to make something for him… and surprise him with it when he came home on Monday!
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  • I’m a big fan of functional design. Paint a painting that you KNOW will look good in a certain room of your home; Build a piece of furniture you’re actually going to sit on or use… It needs a purpose.
  • We needed something for our bare little balcony – specifically for us to sit on and drink our pre-dinner beers together. :)
  • I don’t really know what I’m doing when it comes to woodworking. I just enjoy the basics of it, took a few classes growing up, knew my retired-aerospace-engineer dad could help me if I got stuck… So a bench was doable. For me.
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    The Example

    I found this guy’s project, saw he had no idea what he was doing but still made something, printed it, took it to my parents’ house where my huge family was already having Sunday brunch together, and showed my dad. I told him I wanted to “re-create that but do a wayyyy better version. And I need to finish it today so it dries before Ryan gets home.” He laughed and said ok, that I could maybe pull it off…

    The Goods

    Then I saw a bunch of tree stumps he had piled up in the backyard and changed the design; I definitely wanted to use the stumps for a more natural and raw look over the standard 4 legs. I thought Ryan would like the same thing… which, turns out he did! My dad also had a really nice burgundy-colored stain that I liked for the finish, so luckily I didn’t have to buy that either.

    So, I went to Home Depot to buy the only items I would have to buy for this project: one 4″ x 12″ x 8′ piece of Douglas Fir lumber ($26) and four 6″ Galvanized Hex head lag screws ($4). We would cut the wood to 5′ long (too bad Lowe’s NOR Home Depot will cut wood this thick for you.. sucky!). I like the look of industrial/metal textures mixed with natural/wood materials. So since I wanted the screws to show through, the galvanized texture mattered… and I liked it better than shiny. All in all, this bench ended up costing us only $30. Not bad at all.

    The End!

    Anyway I’ll leave the technical stuff out.. I’m sure you can see how the rest of it went through the pictures. It took me the entire day, mainly because of all the sanding I had to do to make it somewhat level and smooth enough to sit on, but I’m proud of it. Best of all: Ryan was totally surprised, and he loves it too. :)