A FRESH START

WELCOME to a new and improved blog site provided by….. me….. Claudia Holzner!

As I have promised in the past, it was time to re-vamp and re-style this blog for more than just synchro information, but also travel, life, and as of most recently, adulting….. Which is a tough adjustment I must say.

For those who don’t know… Adulting = to do grown up things and hold responsibilities such as, a 9-5 job, a mortgage/rent, a car payment, or anything else that makes one think of grown ups.

So here goes! A new year, not quite yet a new me, but definitely a new outlook on life and continuing to learn to love it.

I now declare this blog LIVE and will be using this new domain as my primary in replacement of “Aquae Vitae” — Though it treated me well, life has been far less accommodating and therefore I have decided to change my ways and leave what was comfortable behind!

I hope you enjoy this new site, as I have enjoyed creating it! It will provide you with posts about this past year/summer, as well as 2018 and moving forward as I look towards 2020 and beyond!

NOW! Navigating this new site is important!!

Above you will find the HOME page, BLOG page where you will find all of my posts, ABOUT page (as well as my Athlete Bio) and CONTACT page. You can send me an email with questions, suggestions, pictures etc and I will do my best to email you back!

On the right, you will see the SEARCH button, FOLLOW button (to follow this soon to be awesome blog), and MY SOCIAL MEDIA where you can follow my journey on Instagram and Twitter.

Don’t forget to follow and share! xo

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ICELAND

So we are going to start with some moments of 2017. There was fun, excitement, stress, challenges and more, but all in all, there are some experiences that will last a lifetime.

Starting the list of amazing things is ICELAND. I can’t exactly describe to you the beauty, the intricacy, the depth, and the power this country has. but it is like a planet all on its own. The landscapes….. just WOW. A place where trees don’t grow, but intense green grass, black sand, lava and white moss takes over.

The freedom and tranquility I felt in Iceland is something I have never felt in my life. The idea that I could go where I wanted, when I wanted, was the first part that made this trip so awesome. I travelled with my duet partner, Jacqueline, as we had made the very spontaneous decision to book a week long trip about the same time we were arriving in Budapest (just a few weeks prior to our departure). As you can imagine, there were some bumps along the way….. ie. when I booked the hotel for 2018…. not 2017. OOPS****…… but that made the trip more fun and even more adventurous.

Iceland is a place with a vast array of landscapes. One minute you are driving through a green area and in one swift motion you are surrounded by black sand, an in the next, surrounded by lava rocks covered in white, squishy moss. It’s like someone wrote about it in a fictional book and it came to life. Each day you a shocked and perplexed by it’s beauty and it’s breathtaking features…. and we only made it through a small section of the Island!!

I might not be able to go back right away… but next time I go, I will definitely be doing the whole island!

This amazing part of my summer deserves two posts! Up next I will be sharing 11 places I traveled in Iceland and why each of them are so breathtaking….. As you can imagine, this post would have never ended if I didn’t cut it off here, but ICELAND and all of its beauty will be back soon!

 

NEW YEAR, BIG CHANGES

As 2017 comes to a close and with great pleasure, I have made a big decision.

This training year the Centre became de-centralized and we  decided to train in our respective hometowns…. This put me in a bit of a pickle because as most people know, I moved to Montreal from Calgary when I was just 18 years old and have made myself a nice little life here. Maybe if I would have left Calgary a year or two ago, it would have been easy to make the decision to go back. But five years and a lot of lessons later, I am happy here…

Though I have spend five years of my adult life living on my own, paying bills, making meals etc. nothing can prepare you for being in a situation such as this….

Injury, sickness and a series of unfortunate events (cue Jim Carry in that creepy movie!) have made it impossible for me to stay at my usual training facility, the Olympic Stadium. The costs of training and a number of other uncertainties have pushed me to make the decision to move my program to Dollard Synchro.

A pic with some athletes at DDO!

I have been coaching for Dollard since September and I feel like this would be a great fit. They have been very accommodating to my situation as well as my teammate’s situations and they are willing to help us in any way they can!

I am excited to see what this change will bring to my swimming abilities as well as how it can help me move forward after a tough year.

Here’s to a great new year and DAY 1!!!

 

Icarus

Hey everyone, 

I know I have been absent in my writing and I apologize for that because there truly is a lot that I could write about, but I am looking at this blog and feel the need to revamp! 

There have been a lot of changes in my synchro life, school life, life life (hahaha) that makes me feel the need to change my blogging technique as well! So I hope that that is something you will look forward to in the future and also please be patient with me until I figure out what I want this page to….. evolve to 🙂 

Now for something more serious…. I just recently watched Icarus on Netflix, the link to the trailer for the film is HERE. It is about last years Olympics and the doping scandal that came with it….. I would say it is a “must see” and also an incredibly important film! 

Last year while all of this was happening, as runner up for the Olympics, my team and I were waiting to see what WADA would decide, as were many Canadian athletes in other sports – some of whom would end up going to the 2016 Olympics… It is so deeply disturbing that doping is something that happens on a regular basis… all over the world I’m sure! 

I don’t care who you are or what sport you’re in, clean sport and fair play is why the Olympics are so inspiring! It takes incredible people to push their bodies to such a high standard and for people to use substance to get ahead….. it just hurts my heart. 

I have 15 years of hard work under my belt and have been tested enough times to know what is expected of me as an athlete in and out of competition. 
This is a must see.

– Claudia 

Our trip to Quebec

Hey Everyone!

So as most of you know already, last weekend Gabe and I made a courageous decision to drive to Quebec City for the Canadian Open Qualifier!

IMG_1691 2For those of you who follow my Instagram @claudiaholzner or my teams Instagram @syncanada2020 you would already know what we went through during that trip…. A quick recap: Went for a great lunch, popped a tire driving 100km/hr, changed the tire, got to the hotel and received the key to someone else’s room…awkward…. got a new room and met some synchro girls who had been running around trying to figure out where we were staying. That’s probably the best way to describe it all!

We were so excited to arrive at the pool the next morning to perform our Tech Duet for the first time in public and we are pretty happy about our swim! We have a ways to go and lots of little things to work on, but we are confident that our training plan is working and that we are on the right track as we get ready for Japan in just about a month!

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I know that both Gabe and I truly felt a huge wave of support throughout the Synchro Community as we made our Canadian debut and we would like to thank everyone who took the time to give us positive comments and tips for our duet as well as just to chat and meet the next generation of excellent swimmers! Thank you for making us feel welcome and we can hardly wait to perform in front of you again at the Canadian Open in May!

Follow our journey using the hashtag #gabeclau in honour of our Aquabelle “mini me’s” xoxo

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And so it begins! 

Good morning! 

It’s a snowy, dark morning here in Montreal as I walk out of my apartment for the 1st time of 2017. I don’t think I’ve had to wake up this early for almost 9 months. The only reason I would ever decide to stand on the sidewalk, waiting for the bus to arrive on a day like today, is Synchro! It’s DAY 1 of 2017 and of the next Olympic Quad! 

As I look back on my Christmas Holiday, for the 1st time in 4 years, I feel truly satisfied. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve made myself a life here or if it’s just because I really had a thorough visit with my family and friends back home, but I feel good; excited even, to get back to training with this team again. 

I remember this day 4 years ago. There was maybe 5 of us who came from the same generation of athletes and we were so young!! Imagine moving out of your home (which all of us had to do) at 18, finding an apartment and being told on day 1 that you are training for the Olympics. It’s a surreal feeling to sit there at that age and know that your spot on the team is never guaranteed, but you have to train and compete like you are going to the Olympics with this group of girls. It’s like writing your story, but without knowing the ending! 

Now that I know the end of that last book, I feel different sensations on day 1. Excitement knowing that this is just the beginning, happiness knowing I’m about to see my synchro family in a few short minutes, confidence knowing that I now have the experience of all but one competition, and ready to completely accept everything that will happen this year! 

2016 was a hardddddddddd year for us to say the least and I think that 2017 owes us some good things. 

Here’s to a great year! 


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