A MAGNIFICENT START TO THE SWIMMING SEASON AT THE „OCEANMAN“

This open-water swimming series is unique in its genre! And on 12 March 2022, the time had finally come: the Oceanman was determined off the coast of Dubai. More than 300 participants from all over the world were present. I am incredibly happy that I was able to compete against the strong field and even dominate the race.

Over the longest distance, I was the fastest woman in the 20-29 age group. It took me 02:38.22 hours to complete the ten-kilometre course – a great performance that made me the second-fastest woman in the overall competition. Concentration is particularly important in open water swimming. You have to stay focused all the time and not allow yourself the slightest distraction. The most important thing is inner strength, success starts with the right attitude.

„DUBAI WAS A CHALLENGE, ESPECIALLY MENTALLY. I AM VERY HAPPY ABOUT MY SUCCESS, BECAUSE A COMPETITION IS SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THAN SWIMMING ALONE IN THE SEA.“

To me, the open water competition in Dubai was a great start to the upcoming swimming season. At the end of May, I will cross the Strait of Bonifacio, an eleven-kilometre-long strait between Corsica and Sardinia. Afterwards, an even more exciting adventure awaits me: The Ocean’s Seven, the seven most dangerous straits in the world! I’d like to be the first German to conquer them, with only a swimming costume, swimming cap and goggles.

The 7-part long-distance swim requires hard training, excellent preparation and an iron will. In August, I’m looking forward to my fifth leg: the crossing of the approx. 42-kilometre-long Kaiwi Channel between the Hawaiian islands of Molokai and Oahu. This marathon distance in the open sea is a real challenge: I have rarely swum that long! Even being an extreme swimmer, I have to prepare extensively for it. So I train several hours a day in the water and in the weight room. In addition, selected technique exercises and special mental exercises await me.

However, the reward is undoubtedly worth every effort: completing the Ocean’s Seven becomes more tangible with every swim. Once Hawaii is done, all I have to do is cross the Cook Strait between the North and South Islands of New Zealand and the North Channel between Ireland and Scotland.