Learn to Swim

Until recently, I never had a good sense of just how lucky I am that my parents made knowing how to swim such a priority for my brother and me when we were kids. I started taking lessons when I was 18 months old, and by age five—spurred on by a relentless sense of sibling […]

Won’t Pork Be High: A Year in Review

Oh me, oh my
Won’t pork be high
When little pigs
Begin to fly… That’s a little ditty… more »

What Not to Wear: Open Water Swimming Edition

Because of open water’s specific set of challenges and conditions, selecting the right suit for the adventure is paramount to your success. My training partner, Jonathan, has become an excellent open water swimmer in short order, largely because he’s a very thoughtful athlete who researches every detail in advance of selecting a challenge to complete. That […]

I Did It

I just participated in what was probably one of the most significant and empowering experiences of my life. It was so powerful, it has been hard for me to digest it all to write this blog for you, but I am going to give it my best shot. In September, I crossed the Moloka’i Channel. […]

Salt Water

“The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea.” – Isak Dineson This quotation is such a true statement.  I believe everyone who exercises regularly and has spent time in their life around an ocean or large body of water can truly relate to these words. We all know that exercise […]


The Fairer Sex’s Best Marathon Open Water Swims of 2013. This summer, a lot of media attention has been soaked up by a single open water swim. I’m not going to name it because I don’t want to give it yet more press, but you no doubt heard about it. The controversy that followed may […]

The Pregnant Athlete

About seven months ago, three months prior to my 40th birthday, I started asking around to my slightly older female friends, “What doctors do you use for female issues? Where do I go to get my hormones checked? When you turn 40, do you feel more tired than usual? Start gaining weight?” These questions and […]

The Dreaded DNF

Did Not Finish. The three little words that strike fear in the hearts of endurance athletes of all stripes. Whether you’re a runner, a cyclist, a triathlete, or a swimmer, seeing a DNF listed next to your name after an event—particularly one you’ve trained years for and expended a lot of time, money, and energy […]

Tips for Open Water Swimming

As the summer continues to roll on, triathlon season is in full effect. Each new season brings with it a crop of motivated athletes trying their hand at triathlons. For many of these “newbies,” open water swimming can be the tri’s most daunting leg. For first timers intimidated by the swim, let me just say […]

My Own Sweet Victory

One of my goals for 2013 recently came and went. My goal was to complete the 4.4-mile Chesapeake Bay Swim. On Sunday, June 9th, I did just that. It wasn’t a pretty swim. Finishing 21-out-of-21 people in my age group was a far cry from the ‘top three’ finish I’m used to seeing when it […]