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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Tanya MacLean, Happy As Can Be In The Open Water

Tanya MacLean works for an environmental consulting company by day and enjoys swimming with her Southern California teammates throughout the year, including her recent unexpectedly long Anacapa Island swim off the coast of Santa Barbara in California.

Whether she does a channel swim or a local shoreline race, MacLean is nearly always found smiling. We found out why...

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: You are constantly smiling whenever you are by water. Why is that?

Tanya MacLean: I grew up swimming in lakes in and around Toronto and have always enjoyed being in the water. When I was younger my parents had to drag me out of the water when I was blue and shivering because I never wanted to get out of the water. I am now lucky enough to live in Southern California and I figure any chance to be in the water is a good reason to smile.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Cold, warm; rough, calm; short, long. Nothing seems to bother you in the ocean. Why is that?

Tanya MacLean: I try to take everything in stride since the variation of the water conditions is part of the fun and adventure of open water swimming. The conditions on my swim were a little daunting but I just kept telling myself that all I had to do was keep moving and I would get to the shore eventually.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What do you eat and drink on your long swims?

Tanya MacLean: I fed on a combination of maltodextrin/apple juice/water on all the feeds and then added peaches, Reese’s peanut butter cups and energy gels periodically later in the swim.

Sounds good, all around.

Photo shows Patricia Sener (left), Helen Lin (middle), and Tanya MacLean (right).

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