Out of the Rabbit Hole: A Follow-up to “The Critic Who Counts”

The most important thing to remember is that no one is perfect.  I love a good over the top, knee jerk reaction. The kind where you go down the petty rabbit hole as deep as you can. Sometimes, instead of diving down that hole of despair, you launch onto the fools battleground and take on …

Stranded in Bakersfield

It’s 9:00am Monday.  My swim is 9:00pm Wednesday.  I’m 2.5 hours from home and 3.5 hours from Monterey.  My car broke down. The mechanic won’t get the part until tomorrow and my knee is so incredibly painful I can hardly walk. I can barely stand – where is the nearest chair?   My knee won’t …

3 Rocks 10K

Wow. I’m still processing this awesome swim. Rewind back to February 2020 – I booked 3 Rocks with Pacific Open Water Swim Co. after a long phone call with Sylvia. I called her to talk about some potential swim plans and we had just decided that I should book the Catalina Channel. While discussing training …

2020: Yikes to Yes!

What a whirlwind! Like many of you, I started 2020 on track to smash my swim goals this year. I moved to California, joined a new masters team and scouted open water groups and locations near me. I finally decided on my next swims and booked them with plenty of training time in between. Then …

The Strong One: Overcoming Your Inner Troll

I’m going to admit something and it’s been really hard to write this blog but I just wanted to say, I’ve had a rough week and I can’t stop beating myself up about it. Today is Labor Day and I have the whole day off and planned a big swim with my training group. Except …

What’s next?

It’s been almost three weeks since I finished my successful crossing of Lake Tahoe (21.3 miles). A lot of friends have asked me with great excitement and curiosity, “Well, what’s next? Are you going to swim the English Channel?!” My short answer right now is, “No.” It’s interesting how focused I’ve become with researching my …

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