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Out with a bang

Hello All,

Well this has been the most incredible, frustrating, life changing and heart wrenching month. As I said in my last post, we definitely had to fight HARD for that last free swim. 

The funny thing about big moments like these are all the little pieces that pull the entire experience together. Out of this whole competition there is about one special connection that is still clear in my mind…

Right before the free swim we had a talk with Meng and our captain about what we had to do. We needed to create a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ swim that we could be proud of. I remember standing at the front of the line up waiting to walk on the deck. Meng appeared on the other side of the pool, 25 metres away, put up her arms into a muscle man and then pointed at us as if to say “it’s your time!” With no hesitation I gave her a nod showing that I knew was she was asking for and that we were going to do it. We did. 

Free Team Final

The next, and final, swim we wanted to rock was the Combo! We knew that it was our last time competing in the Kazan Arena and we needed to make it count…. “Torrential downpour” would be the 1st thing that comes to mind. It was freezing cold, the roof was actually leaking and streets were flooding, causing the judges to wear these comical plastic covers. I remember stepping onto the deck saying, “oh! We’re leaking!” 

 

Rain, technical difficulties and an overhead press
 
Because of the difference in temperature between the water and the air, there was a fog over the pool. It was like we had trained all day without goggles (which would create a white film over our eyes) but no, it was just the weather. Took us a while to realize it!! The rain, of course, also brought some challenges for the music system which started to malfunction just before this picture was taken…. If you look close enough you’ll see our teammate in the background signalling to our coaches that the music had cut out. We started tapping underwater and saved the ending! Definitely something we won’t forget!! 

  
Although in some ways we ended this meet disappointed, we couldn’t have asked for better performances. We pulled out great swims when they counted and made our coaches proud. Now time for a little vacation before starting to work on new routines and harder training sessions as we get ready for the Olympic Qualifier in March. 

Time to enjoy my summer!!! 

– C

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It’s been a while…

Day 98

Hello Everyone,

Well… Hello There!!! It’s been quite a while since my last post. Synchro has kept me busy these last few weeks.  Now that I have completed (and scored well!!) in my classes this semester, most of my spare time has been spent on daily recovery of my training sessions.

We have been working really hard to get prepared for our debut at the Canadian Open this month.  New routines, means a new approach to our training techniques. Harder practices, increasing endurance and working towards a confident start to the season.  This year of course, is leading up to the Olympic Games.  Time is of the essence and we are running out.

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You know, this life is not for the faint of heart. We work our butts off every day just to make it to that one AMAZING moment of our lives… And that one moment will define us.  It will be a part of our lives, living on through our friends, families and future generations of athletes.  All of the people that love us and support us, those who are in our corner, guide us to that one beautiful moment we will share with the world.

It’s days like today when you realize that you KILL your muscles and work so hard to PUSH those limits that you truly start to understand that the future is NOW! We are so close to our dreams, if we wanted to we could just reach out and grab it.

Silver @ World Cup 2014
Silver @ World Cup 2014

Never EVER take days like this for granted.  The times that our body cringes and your mind tells you that its had enough; thats when miracles happen.  Achieving a goal is not just about showing up, it’s about showing up mind, body and soul, ready to work for something you’ve loved since the day you started.

Be strong and BELIEVE that what you’re doing is right and worth every minute!

Love Always,

– C

WELCOME

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to my first post on my new website!! I’m very happy and excited to be sharing my world with you.

If you haven’t checked out my “About” page, here is a little “tid-bit” of info on me and why I’m writing to you.   My name is Claudia Holzner and I am a member of the Canadian National Synchronized Swimming Team.  For the last 13 years, I have represented my club, my city and now my country as an athlete.  Two years ago I tried out for the Canadian Senior National Team (aka The Olympic Team).  I left my family, my friends, my boyfriend and my city behind; moving to Montreal to see if I had what it takes to make this goal a reality.  So I guess now the rest is, as they say, history!

The soul purpose of this blog is to help you, the fans and the public, share this journey with me!  It has been a long road of ups and downs but it’s finally time for me to share these moments with you.

Being here, becoming my own adult, has taught me to love myself, my body and my mind.  This life is not for the faint of heart and if there is one thing you take away from this blog, it’s that life is beautiful and we are blessed to be living it.  Find your eternity in each moment.

Live the life you want to live, not the life you were meant to live.

With Love, xo

C