A very good friend and human being whom I respect dearly once posted a picture with the caption “The swimming equivalent of ‘always play tennis with players who are better than you.’ ” This phrase has been at the forefront of my mind the past three days as my initial plan at an ice mile…… Continue reading Swimming the Enchantments: There’s a new lake filled with love, respect, trust, and kindness
It’s hard to express how much I enjoyed the Change Your Latitude – 57˚ N Challenge, one of the northernmost open water swims. The swim itself, a combined 10k/6k/3k/1k open water swim located in beautiful Sitka, Alaska and organized by Baranof Barracuda Swim Club, is fantastic in itself because of how inclusive the event is.…… Continue reading Swimming Alaska: Adventure, Excitement, Vulnerability, and Solitude in Nature
Someone has to go first. I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately, about the experiences I’ve had outdoors in the water and in the mountains. I’ve been thinking about my friends who have dared to dream, who are now role models for others because they decided to take the first step into the unknown.…… Continue reading Paving the Path: Someone has to go first
The past several years have been an incredible journey. I’ve swam across the United States and around the world. I’ve met people of all different backgrounds and cultures, learning about their daily lives, dreams, and desires. I’ve watched as friends reframed thoughts on their potential and witnessed them achieve goals then raise the bar higher.…… Continue reading Marathon Swimming Meets the Greater Lansing Area Sports Hall of Fame
Swim flop. That pretty much sums up my most recent adventure into the mountains. However, things are not always as they seem. While I (cough, cough), didn’t swim on this trip, I learned a ton about my solo comfort level in the backcountry mountain snow in search of a winter swimming paradise, the reality of…… Continue reading Winter Backcountry Hike-in Swimming: When experience is in deficit, make smart decisions and learn
It’s been a while, but I’ve been taking my break from swimming very seriously and enjoying life, my new found love for salt and vinegar potato chips, sleeping in, and not feeling pressure to do anything. What I’ve been most excited about is exploring new swim locations and dabbling with some ideas the mountains have…… Continue reading Wandering Washington is Here!
Join me on August 15, 2018 for the Thinkspace Grit+Resilience talk in Seattle! Super excited to be speaking about open water swimming, balancing professional success and personal passion, and how my journey to the Triple Crown parallels the entrepreneurial spirit. It’ll be a great talk, open question session, and mingle. RSVP to the Thinkspace Grit+Resilience meetup invite.…… Continue reading Join me August 15th in Seattle for Grit+Resilience!