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When it’s time to NOT swim.

When it’s time to NOT swim.

Right now, I am not on an airplane. As I write, I should be getting ready to land in Chicago, preparing to board my second flight and head to Portland, Oregon for the Portland Bridge Swim. Instead, I am sitting at my kitchen table. I am drinking coffee, wondering what I will do with the … Continue reading

Let Summer be Summer, and the swimming will come.

Let Summer be Summer, and the swimming will come.

In the Winter, I start getting the calls and emails. “My daughter is 4. She isn’t swimming yet. Can we schedule her for every day in the Summer?” “My son is on swim team but he’s not progressing as quickly as the other kids in his lane. He’s 8. Can you fix his breaststroke?” “She … Continue reading

When all else fails, there is still swimming.

When all else fails, there is still swimming.

For many of us right now, this is a tense, tumultuous, scary time. I know that for me, anxiety has been running at Full Tilt for quite a while now. The water is my respite from it all. It’s the place where quiet reigns. The place where no phones or televisions or social media posts … Continue reading

Statement of Diversity and Inclusion

Statement of Diversity and Inclusion

In the wake of the events of this past week, I am reposting this part of my site. Because it matters. Because I am here for you. Because I will not allow messages of hatred and fear to rule our lives, and because the water is a place for us to heal as we move … Continue reading

And sometimes, even I hate swimming.

And sometimes, even I hate swimming.

I don’t love every swim. Yesterday, my swim felt terrible. I was mentally absent. Physically uncomfortable, or maybe just tired. Every stroke felt like a chore and I dragged my body through the water like a leaden lump, none of that glide I’ve come to cherish in my swimming. I beat myself up as I … Continue reading

Skiing and Swimming go together like….

Skiing and Swimming go together like….

It’s been a while since I have posted here. Mostly because when I haven’t been teaching or swimming, I’ve been doing a lot of this: I am no ski expert. In fact, far from it. This year, however, I’ve skied more than in any previous season. Aspen, Beaver Creek, Vermont, Massachusetts. I’ve skied deep power … Continue reading