Training

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You Inspire Me Daily, Hannah Rosen

I tell her occasionally, but I’m not sure if she ever really believes me: my 14-year-old niece Hannah is my daily inspiration. Before there was a coach Nick, or a support swimmer Peter (see this post), there was a Hannah. In order to understand how I call upon Hannah for strength, let me first introduce … Continue reading

Darkness and Light: a 6-hour swim attempt (Malta post 3 of 3)

This is a post about attempting a six-hour swim in 15°C Mediterranean waters. Much of the post takes place inside my head. The first two paragraphs are repeated from the end of the last post, Systematic Breakdown of Body, Mind, and Limits (Malta post 2 of 3) DAY THREE Tuesday was the only day for … Continue reading

Systematic breakdown of body, mind, and limits (Malta post 2 of 3)

From Sunday to Tuesday, deep and dark inner recesses of my mind were discovered and battled with, my body (shoulders, elbows, knees, skin and mouth) was wrecked, and my limits were very seriously tested… About the Malta posts My trip to Malta with SwimTrek was an experience unlike any other. It is covered in three … Continue reading

Saturday Long Swims

Saturdays have been our long swim days since Louise and Laura and I started training together at the beginning of March, first at the Berkeley Carroll pool, and then at the Dodge YMCA in downtown Brooklyn. We started with a three mile Saturday (4950 yards), quickly moved to four mile Saturdays (6600 yards), and then … Continue reading

5-7-5: Swimming drill or Haiku?

(Spoiler alert: there is a haiku in this post!) It’s a breathing drill: Breath control is an important part of swimming. So we often do drills. A swim coach might write something like this on the board as a short drill set: 5 x 75 yards breathe 5-7-5. Translated as: for every 75 yards (that’s … Continue reading

How everything fell into place: a Race, a Plan, and 2 Partners

I signed up for SwimTrek’s open water training trip in Gozo back in November because it looked like a fun challenge. Swim every day for a week in a beautiful location? I’m in. Swim six hours straight on one of those days? Why not?! At that point, I still planned to complete a season of … Continue reading

Headed to work with wet gear in my bag

After signing up for the 10-mile Kingdom Swim in July I realized it was time to get serious about planning out my training. Going to masters workouts 2-4 times each week just wasn’t going to cut it. When friends Laura and Louise signed up for the swim as well, everything got easier and more fun … Continue reading

My life story as it relates to water

I learned to swim as a wee one from my dad, who didn’t really swim himself, but was tall enough and encouraging enough to send me back and forth to the side of a pool. There were also the terrifyingly wonderful trips on his shoulders out into crashing ocean surf, which instilled in me a … Continue reading

About Me

Caitlin Rosen I learned to swim as a wee one from my dad, who didn't really swim himself, but was tall enough and encouraging enough to send me back and forth to the side of a pool. There were also the terrifyingly wonderful trips on his shoulders out into crashing ocean surf, which instilled in me a fear and respect for the rising and falling, tempestuous beast, on whom he repeatedly admonished us kids to never, ever turn our backs. Read more...

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