#154: Tara Diversi on Swimming the ‘Ice Mile’ [Podcast] - Sparta Chicks

#154: Tara Diversi on Swimming the ‘Ice Mile’ [Podcast]

Sparta Chicks Radio

Jan 31
Welcome Tara Diversi to Sparta Chicks Radio

The next time you hop in an ice bath or stick a sprained ankle into a bucket of ice water, I’m sure you’ll think of this week’s episode of the podcast with Tara Diversi!

Tara is a woman of many talents.

A Sports Dietitian and an Accredited Practising Dietitian, Tara also has a degree in psychology and an MBA. 

She is also an accomplished athlete and marathon swimmer, having completed (amongst many other things) the English Channel, the Gibraltar Straight, the Rottnest Island swim and the Palm Beach to Manly swim here in Sydney. 

And she’s been able to combine her work and passion by supporting over 60 English Channel swimmers to achieve their goal over the years.

But the focus of today’s conversation is on her most recent, and coldest, challenge - becoming the first Australian woman to complete an Ice Mile. 

That is swimming one mile (1.6km) in water that is 5 degrees or less. 

To put that into perspective, ice baths used by athletes to help with recovery generally sit around 14 degrees.

So why does a woman who lives in tropical Far North Queensland set a goal to swim a mile in ice water?

That's where I start today's conversation!

Then we go onto discuss:

* how she prepared for it,

* how long it took her to recover from it,

* why she loves marathon swimming, 

* her experience with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a genetic condition that affects connective tissue in her body, and

* her experience with the Imposter Complex.

Click here to listen on iTunes.

Notes and resources:

iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify

To find out more about Tara or to say hello, you can find her on Instagram,  via her websites at Sophus.com.au or SportsDietitian.com

Watch Tara's Ice Mile here