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Saturday, April 14, 2012
Patti Bauernfeind Finding Solutions In The Ocean
The jellyfish in Monterey Bay were relentless and innumerable.
The intermingling of the jellyfish tentacles and Patti Bauernfeind's arms and legs were just too much.
She had to get out. Defeated by venom.
But like a swimmer perfecting their stroke, Patti went back to the drawing boards. She has to find something that will relieve the pain she endured in Monterey Bay. For her next ocean swim, she will be using Ocean Care Solutions' Man o War kit at the 24-mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim. She's done the training, now she wants the protection. The Daily News of Open Water Swimming caught up to the reigning Lake Tahoe world record holder in the midst of her training:
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: You are known as a cold water swimmer. Why are you taking your talents to a warm-water venue?
Patti: Although I enjoy solo swims, I also enjoy competitive swims. A solo swims are unique since you compete with yourself while adapting to the elements. Competitive swims push you as well but its often in surprising ways. I like the dynamic nature of competitive swims.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: You are known for swimming right smack into tons of jellyfish. Are you a jelly magnet?
Patti: I hope not! I prefer to be a dolphin magnet.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: You keep running into jellies, but you don’t stop. Is there something you can do?
Patti: Just keep swimming. I let me crew know about each sting so they can keep count and know what's happening in the water. I don’t dwell on the stings. That would waste energy.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Do you have scars from your jellyfish stings in Monterey Bay?
Patti: I don’t have any scars from the Pacific Nettle jellies.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Can you explain how a jellyfish sting feels?
Patti: Being stung by the Pacific Nettles feels like having a thick piece of wire that was pulled from hot coals hit your skin. I was stung across my mouth and quickly learned to keep it shut for the rest of the swim! In the cold water of the Pacific, the sting doesn’t last that long. The toxin build up is much more of an issue than the stings themselves.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: When you see a jellyfish now, what comes to mind?
Patti: That they are beautiful and that I am in their environment so I don’t want to harm them. The best jellyfish to see are the ones that are peacefully gliding five feet below you.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Why don’t you wear a protective swimsuit – wouldn't it make your swims so much easier?
Patti: I prefer to swim by English Channel rules. Jellyfish have always been present, but the explosion of jellyfish population is a fairly recent phenomenon. The presence of jellies is no different than fluctuating water temperature or weather conditions. These are all things that we contend with when we swim. Having a solution that addresses the jelly toxin is key.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How do you balance work and family with your tough swims?
Patti: It's not easy, but I have wonderful friends and family who support me. In some ways, I'm more productive at work since I have a hobby that I love.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: You also swam in the Red Triangle as a relay swimmer last year and recently as a pace swimmer for Joseph Locke. Aren’t you afraid of Great White Sharks?
Patti: I get asked this question a lot. I respect the Great White sharks, but I don’t fear them when I am in the water. I read Devil's Teeth by Susan Casey which is a great book about the Farallon Islands and shark research. I learned a lot about great whites. I think that they more you are informed about their behavior, the less afraid you become. A Great White is not interested in a skinny swimmer compared to an elephant seal. Of all the attacks to date, they have been inquisitive in nature. There is no doubt that a bite can be serious, but is that any different from a car accident?
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: There isn’t much you can do for Great White Sharks. What about jellies?
Patti: I work with some jellyfish experts to keep tabs on population trends especially in Monterey Bay. We try to plan the route around the jellyfish. However, they move swiftly with the wind and currents so it's not an exact science. Now that I have an allergic reaction to the jellyfish toxin, Ocean Care Solutions is really important to minimize the effect of the toxin.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Why are you so confident in Ocean Care Solutions?
Patti: I trust the research that has gone into their solutions. I will have their jellyfish kits with me during my swims this year including the Tampa Bay Marathon Swim, Manhattan Island Marathon Swim and the San Francisco to Santa Barbara relay swim.
Copyright © 2012 by Open Water Source
2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference
Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE
The Global Open Water Swimming Conference is a conference on the sport of open water swimming, marathon swimming and swimming during triathlons and multi-sport endurance events.
The conference which has been attended by enthusiasts and luminaries from 6 continents, is devoted to providing information about the latest trends, race tactics, training techniques, equipment, psychological preparation, race organization and safety practices used in the sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons.
The conference's mission is to provide opportunities to listen and meet many of the world's most foremost experts in open water swimming, and to meet and discuss the sport among swimmers, coaches, administrators, event organizers, sponsors, vendors, officials, escort pilots, and volunteers from kayakers to safety personnel.
Dozens of presentations at the 2014 Conference at the Mount Stuart House cover numerous aspects of the vast and growing world of open water swimming where attendees can learn and share the latest trends, race tactics, training modalities, swimming techniques, equipment, race organization, logistics, operations, and safety practices for open water swimming as a solo swimmer, competitive athlete, fitness swimmer, masters swimmer, triathlete, multi-sport athlete, administrator, race promoter, sponsor or referee.
The conference was first held in Long Beach, California as part of the 2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships. It has since been held on the Queen Mary in California, at Columbia University and the United Nations in New York City, and in Cork, Ireland. This year in September, it comes to another iconic location, the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.
"The Global Open Water Swimming Conference was started due to the desire and need for athletes, coaches, referees, administrators, race directors, promoters and sponsors from around the world to share, collect and learn information about the growing sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons," said founder Steven Munatones. "Other swimming conferences usually offering nothing on open water swimming or perhaps a speech or two, but we thought open water swimming deserves its own global conference. It is great that the community shares its information via the online social network, but there is nothing like meeting other open water swimming enthusiasts face-to-face and talking about the sport from morning to night."
Speakers at the conference include English Channel swimmers, ice swimmers, record holders, renowned coaches, world champions, professional marathon swimmers, renowned race directors, officials and administrators from the Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
"Because the audience is passionate and educated about the sport and its finest practitioners, the Global Open Water Swimming Conference is also the location of the induction ceremonies for the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the annual WOWSA Awards that recognize the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, and the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year. Special Lifetime Achievement Awards are also occasionally presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport over their career."
The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Programme
Wednesday, September 17th
Leave Glasgow to commence 2-day tour of Scotland [closest international airport is Glasgow]
Thursday, September 18th
Stay Mainland, North of Scotland
Friday, September 19th
14:00 - Swim Loch Lomond
17:00 - Head to Isle of Bute
19:30 - Scottish Banquet
21:30 - Dinner Dance
Saturday, September 20th
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
12:20 - Lunch and WOWSA Awards
13:40 – Speeches
15:40 - Round Table
19:00 - International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony
Sunday, September 21st
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
14:30 - Swim in St Ninian's Bay on the Isle of Bute
The luminaries of the open water swimming world who will be honored in Scotland will include:
* Sandra Bucha (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Jon Erikson (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Claudio Plit (Argentina), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Judith van Berkel-de Njis (Netherlands), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* David Yudovin (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Mercedes Gleitze (Great Britain), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* George Young (Canada), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Dale Petranech (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Contributor
* Melissa Cunningham (Australia), 2013 Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award winner
* Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* James Anderson (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Dr. Jane Katz (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Indonesian Swimming Federation, , International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Organisation
* Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
* Olga Kozydub (Russia), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
* Bering Strait Swim (international team), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
* International Ice Swimming Association (Ram Barkai, founder, South Africa), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year
For additional articles on the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, visit:
* Olga Kozydub To Be Honored In Scotland
* Pádraig Mallon To Be Honored In Mount Stuart Castle
* Mount Stuart House, Splendid Setting For Swimming
* Colleen Blair To Kick-off Global Open Water Swimming Conference
* The Man Who Swims Better Than He Walks
* Joining In The Sea Goddess At The Hall Of Fame
* Mercedes Gleitze To Be Honored In Scotland
* The Incredible Career Of Merceded Gleitze
* Jon Erikson To Be Honoured In Florida
* The Incredible Career Of Mercedes Gleitze
* St Ninian's Bay To Host International Swim Conference
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