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Seas the Day: Triathletes conquer the early morning pool

Zona Zhou
Brian Caldwell, Triathlon team head coach, stands next to the pool as swimmers flip turn and do another lap. The steamy fog reflects a freezing temperature of 35 degrees fahrenheit at 7:00 a.m. in the morning. Despite the cold, swimmers persevere and continue training for their full triathlon by the end of the season, with breathtaking dawns as their constant companion.

Beep, beep, beep.  

It’s 6:30 a.m., and your morning alarm sounds.  

You grunt, question your life choices, and reluctantly drag yourself out of bed.  

The sky is just beginning to dress itself in color when you trudge to the McCarthy Aquatic Center in flip flops, carrying a towel and your water bottle. Brian Caldwell, triathlon coach, and your fellow teammates are already getting ready for the team’s biweekly morning swim.  

“I jump into the pool even if it’s cold and I’m tired,” Matt Maschler (‘24) said.  

Triathlon –– a little-known winter afternoon activity combining the three golden cardiovascular exercises of running, swimming, and biking –– entails afternoon training and, of course, the much-dreaded morning practice. Triathletes swim at 7:00 a.m. in the morning on Monday and Wednesday of each week.  

The pool view from afar: by 7:00 a.m., several triathletes have already finished a full warmup. (Jenny Wang)

Mr. Caldwell designates a daily workout plan for the team and varies its difficulty for different people based on their skill level. Usually at around 7:45 a.m., the triathlete finishes their training, showers, and gets ready for the school day.  

While waking up early in the morning and hopping immediately into the pool sounds grueling, it also promises rewards. For starters, triathletes have their Monday and Wednesday afternoons off because they have already fulfilled their daily afternoon activity commitments in the morning.  

“I kind of like it, but also hate it,” Brianna Stodghill (‘26) said. “I like the fact that it gives me a free afternoon and adds variety to my schedule, but getting up early is a struggle. After I do it, though, it feels good.” 

Tyler Liu (‘25), another triathlon team member, also acknowledged the extra flexibility that the schedule affords.  

“You wake up earlier, but you get to rest earlier,” Tyler said. “But the swim practices can be cold, and that’s kind of rough.” 

Morning cardiovascular exercises also help students prepare for busy academic responsibilities ahead, reaping benefits such as mental clarity and boosted metabolism throughout the day. The triathlon team’s morning swim practices can help the members establish a healthy routine, both physically and mentally.  

“I think the workouts are very challenging for me because I’m a terrible swimmer,” Matt said. “But it’s rewarding once I finish them, because I feel accomplished — I did it, even though I did not want to do it.” 

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Jenny Wang
Jenny Wang, Editor-in-Chief
Returning after a transformative summer at Northwestern University, Jenny Wang ('24) is rejoining the Webb Canyon Chronicle as Co-Editor-in-Chief, bursting with fresh journalism skills. Jenny is primarily humble when talking about her talents and interests, she occasionally forgets to flex that she is also a pianist, flutist, comedy enthusiast, and badminton pro. As a prominent figure at Webb, Jenny serves on the VWS honor cabinet, captain of the debate team, and chapel council. Finding comfort in shows like Grey's Anatomy and Gilmore Girls, she balances the demands of her busy life. Jenny's academic pursuits lean towards humanitarian issues; over the summer, she invested extra time into political risk research, specifically analyzing aspects of Israeli lifestyle. Beyond her academic commitments, Jenny's mission this year is to infuse WCC articles with potent and well-balanced viewpoints. Her intellect, vibrant personality, and unwavering laughter contribute to an environment full of energy and positivity. There is no doubt, Jenny Wang embodies a dynamic blend of talents, passions, and determination that enriches both the Webb community and the wider world. Through her versatile contributions and infectious laughter, Jenny's presence leaves an indelible mark, reminding us all of the power of embracing one's passions and sharing them with the world.  Favorite Song: "Welcome to Wonderland" by Anson Seabra
Emily Li
Emily Li, Chief of Media
Emily Li ('24) is not your usual iPad kid. You might see her using her tablet, but trust me: she isn't playing Roblox. She is a passionate artist who loves to create artwork on her iPad. Emily's favorite thing to draw is the people around her, focusing on experimenting with colors. She also enjoys dancing to popular K-pop stars IU and Mamamoo. Just like her top-notch dancing skills, she has a crazy tolerance for spicedo not be surprised when you see her empty bottle of sriracha. However, Emily's dynamic personality is not confined to her personal endeavors. As head peer advisor, she steps into a leadership role that suits her naturally empathetic and social nature. She finds joy in building bridges, fostering connections, and offering a sympathetic ear to those around her. One of Emily’s main goals this year is to give as much love as she can to the world. At the Webb canyon chronicle is to improve the diversity of articles and further refine the website after designing it. In a world where each stroke of her digital pen, every dance step, and all her interactions paint a picture of her vibrant self, Emily Li stands not only as a multitalented artist, leader, athlete and beacon of positivity, illuminating everything she touches with her unique and colorful perspective. 

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