Ep. 29 – Lessons from an Elite Athlete on Perseverance & Healing w/Caroline Kratz

Share This Post

We all have stories of who we are prior to becoming a mom and who we grow to be while parenting. Life is about experiences that lead to wisdom. Our guest this week is Caroline Kratz. Caroline was a former US Rowing National Team athlete and two time Olympic Trials participant prior to having her five children. Today, Caroline continues to challenge her athleticism and shares her knowledge through coaching. She has an in-depth understanding of the benefits of cold water immersion. Caroline shares details of difficult situations in her life and how she’s coped through the struggle. It is an open discussion of bravery, perseverance, triumph, self-knowledge and forgiveness.

**This episode contains content that may be triggering to some listeners and is created for adult audiences only. We advise listener and reader discretion for discussion of mental illness, eating disorder, suicide and sexual abuse.

In this episode you will hear us discuss:

  • Caroline discusses her athletic accomplishments and what it was like for her to manage the physical demands of training at such an elite level.
  • Detailing the experience emotionally and mentally when she ultimately didn’t make it to the Olympics and how she processed that disappointment.
  • The tremendous pressure that “snap-back” culture has on women and how Caroline was also influenced by its demands.
  • Looking in hindsight, if Caroline would approach any aspect of her postpartum period differently.
  • Cold water immersion – what it is, the benefits it can have on the body, and how she uses it as a tool to optimize her personal wellness.
  • Caroline’s upbringing and how generational influences impacted her childhood, as well as how she is choosing to parent her children differently.
  • The major traumatic experiences that have left a footprint on her life.
  • Coping mechanisms she developed in order to deal with the trauma.
  • Whether the trauma she experienced continues to instill fear in her marriage and parenting.
  • Caroline’s message she wants all moms to hear.

Cold Water Immersion at Triangle Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center with Caroline

HER Health Collective— Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/herhealthcollective/support

Want more?

More To Explore

Reasons Not to Wait Until the New Year to Take Care of Yourself

Registered Dietitian, Christy Maloney, RD, LDN, CEDS-S owner of Enhanced Nutrition Associates in Charlotte, NC discusses how many people wait until the New Year to begin taking care of themselves. In this video, she shares why we are not waiting until January, but starting today. She also provides ways to take care of yourself right now and throughout the Holiday season.

Reframing Our Expectations On Timelines

Our parenting journey contains a lot of timelines that begin in pregnancy and continue throughout motherhood. There are timelines for baby development in utero, healing after birth, our children’s development, the six weeks check timeline and the timelines we give ourselves for healing. Postpartum even has different timelines. Jenna Somich offers a way of reframing our expectations on timelines to keep us present.

Understanding the Kegel Exercise

Dr. Holly Durney, a pelvic floor physical therapist and 2021, 2022 HER Expert Panelist discusses the most common mistakes she sees when teaching her patients how to do a kegel exercise.

Do you have a HER Circle Membership?

HER Circle is a supportive, welcoming community for moms.