Ashley Futral Chapman

Ashley Chapman is a native of North Carolina and wife of Ren Chapman (Episode 21). While Ren focuses more on the safety aspect of competitions, Ashley is a dedicated competitive freediving athlete.

In her years of competition she’s achieved 14 national records and 3 world records and she joins me today to dicuss her freediving journey, her life on the chapman sailboat, what it’s like to be a mother of two young children and how she combines her competitive aspirations with family life.

In this episode we discuss:

What’s it like living on the Chapman’s sailboat?
Why choose a life on the water?
A love and hate relationship with the sea.
Does Ashley ever get cabin fever?
Ashley grew up in Ridgelands, North Carolina.
Sharks in North Carolina.
How Ashley and Ren got into freediving in the beginning.
How did Ashley take to freediving?
Ashley’s entry into competitive freediving.
Breaking into the big league.
Ashley gets outplayed by Natalia Molchanova.
A typical week of training for Ashley.
Ashley’s top four complimentary trainings for freediving.
How Ashley’s nutrition changes between training and non-training periods.
How giving birth changes one’s perspective on pain management.
To what extent did Ashley still dive when she was pregnant?
Is there another comeback in the offing?
How has having children changed her outlook on freediving?
The joys of ultimate frisbee.
Ashley loves freediving in North Carolina’s healthy waters.
Falling in love with Roatan.
Ashley’s morning ritual is surviving.
Ashley’s plans for the future.
Ashley’s recommended books are A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving,  and Dear and Glorious Physician by Taylor Caldwell.

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