Throughout a typical coaching session, Kathleen Baker might swim 5 miles value of laps.
She’ll do that six to eight instances per week.
Throw in all of her dry land coaching and it is easy to know how pushing her physique to exhaustion, day after day, may begin to put on her down.
However, Baker would not complain and she or he definitely would not give into a couple of muscle aches given every thing her 24-year-old physique has skilled up so far outdoors of coaching.
She was simply 13 years outdated when she was identified with Crohn’s illness, a debilitating and incurable autoimmune dysfunction which has wreaked havoc on her whole digestive tract.
“For me, it is from my esophagus all through my abdomen, intestines, colon, in every single place. Not preferrred for any sort of life, to not point out coaching for the Olympics,” Baker stated.
2020’s addition of a worldwide pandemic solely added to Baker’s well being considerations as she needed to take much more precautions to guard her already compromised immune system.
Whereas Crohn’s has sidelined her previously, sending her to the hospital at instances, Baker has navigated the previous a number of months main as much as Olympic Trials with few severe issues.
“She is usually the primary particular person within the car parking zone and infrequently the final to go away, and I feel she units requirements for herself, to not make her higher than anybody else, however for her personal requirements and her requirements are very excessive,” stated David Marsh, Baker’s coach with Crew Elite.
She is now trying so as to add the 200 medley to her Olympic bucket record and feels just like the occasion could possibly be her strongest proper now, which is saying one thing contemplating she is a former world report holder within the backstroke.
Baker received a gold medal within the 4×100 meter IM relay and a silver medal within the 100 meter backstroke on the 2016 Olympics.
“I really feel like I need to be an ideal story for somebody to look as much as, I’ve a reasonable to extreme Crohn’s illness and I am able to profitable Olympic medals and I would like that to be what you see once you google Crohn’s illness, not each horror story,” Baker stated.
Hear extra from Baker on the latest episode of NBC 7’s Olympic Dreams Podcast with Steven Luke.