CALM Swimmer Achieves Triple Crown of Open Water SwimmingCourtesy of Catalina Channel Swimming Federation, Catalina Channel, California.
Lauren Au Brinkmeyer recommends channel swimmers to “train in all type of conditions. [My training] swims that were extremely choppy or windy ended up being my best workouts.”
A member of the Dolphin Club in San Francisco Bay and the Cal Aquatic Masters (CALM), the 34-year-old has been preparing diligently in her pursuit of the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming.
On August 26th with a 10 hour 48 minute crossing of the Catalina Channel from Santa Catalina Island to the Southern California mainland, she achieved her goal.
In addition to leveraging a variety of swims from coast to coast (including the 12.8 km Boston Light Swim in Massachusetts, the 16.8 Viking Swim in Lake Tahoe, and the 10-mile Bay to Breakers Swim in San Francisco Bay) as preparations for the Triple Crown, she completed a 33.2 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 11 hours 0 minute 54 seconds in July 2018 and finished the 45.9 km 20 Bridges Swim around Manhattan Island in New York in 7 hours 30 minutes 16 seconds in July 2019.
She learned a lot about the sport and herself along the way (read here and here).
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