There's never been a faster 50-year-old woman swimmer than Erika Braun. Learn her secrets to being so fast and much more. In today’s show, we speak with Erika, who holds 18 FINA Masters Swimming world records and swims for the North Carolina Masters . We check in with Erika on her 10 year anniversary of the amazing feat of making USA Olympic Trial standards as a 40 year old. This tough champion has continued her world bests for the last decade. She balances a full time job with training. Recovered one year ago from back surgery. And gets inspiration from her husband, Eric, who has a Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis, is her biggest supporter and cross-training partner.
Although Erika left the sport for many years due to burnout from the pressures of competitive swimming, she re-entered the sport as an older athlete, but this time on her terms. Erika feels her openness to learning and improving, mental preparation, and the supportive role of her swimming community, have been key to her success.
In this chat, we learn about Erika’s swimming background, her use of visualization, the goals that she has set for herself, what it is like competing as an older athlete, the ways Erika prepares for races, who the inspirations are that keep her motivated, her ideal daily-routine, and so much more. Tune in to hear from a dedicated champion who is making big waves in the pool: Erika Braun!
Key Points From This Episode:
“If you do get inspired by competing, just having that goal to work towards is really key.” — @ErikaSwims [0:05:18]
“It’s my competitive outlet because I really do enjoy competing. It’s my social outlet but it’s also my stress outlet.” — @ErikaSwims [0:12:18]
“There is no limit on what you can do as an older athlete, as an adult. I think we swim smarter.” — @ErikaSwims [0:29:19]
“Even though a lot of those meets may not be successful in your mind, it is aSupport the show
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