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Thursday, September 13, 2012
Talking With Trent Grimsey About The English Channel
The audience will be able to ask questions of the Australian superstar open water swimmer from Queensland. He gave a preview of his talks in a Q&A with the Daily News of Open Water Swimming:
Q1. When did you decide to swim the English Channel?
A1. I decided I was going to swim the channel when I was very young and first heard that people could actually swim across it. I booked my tide in 2009.
Q2. You could not handle cold water. You could not handle even cool water. You train in Queensland. How did you become acclimated to the English Channel?
A2. Yes, this is right. Two years ago I couldn't stand it but I believe cold water swimming is like anything else: the only way you'll get better at it is doing more of it. I put on around 8kg specifically for the Channel and also competed in the Canadian Grand Prix races last year as well as this year to get my body ready for the cold water.
Q3. Your dreams included the Olympics. Your dreams still do include the 2016 Rio Olympics. But now you are the English Channel record holder. How does this title change things over the next 3-4 years?
A3. I definitely still want to swim the 10km in Rio in 2016 but after this year racing in the Grand Prix series and breaking two records (Capri to Naples and the Channel) I have become to really love racing the ultra marathons. I just find them more exciting.
Q4. Your sister and 2 brothers both swim. Your parents are supportive. How much swimming or training do you talk about at home?
A4. We try to leave it all for at the pool but most of the time we do end up talking swimming at home.
Q5. Can you take us through your record swim? How did you feel when you landed in England? How did you feel the night before? What did you eat for breakfast? What kind of pace did you go out in? Did you have any doubts along the way? How was your team feeding you information about your position relative to Petar Stoychev's record swim? Who did you first call when you had a chance?
A5. I was told on Thursday afternoon I would be swimming on Saturday morning. Both Thursday and Friday nights were the worst sleeps of my life. I was too excited and nervous to sleep properly.
I'd been feeling fantastic all week in the water and was ready to go. The morning of the swim we tried to keep as normal as possible. I ate the same thing for breakfast that I had been eating all week: rice bubbles and toast. I'd talked to Petar two weeks earlier in Poland about the day he did his 6:57 [world record swim] and he told me he pushed the pace the whole way from start to finish. So this is also what I was planning to do.
I had a fantastic crew on board the boat. They were constantly feeding me information about how far I was under the record the whole way. After an hour, I was 3 minutes under the record. After 3 hours, I was 7 minutes under and keep it like that until about the 5th hour. From the 5th hour until the 6th hour it was very hard for me and I lost it mentally there for a while. I was getting very mad and frustrated at little unimportant things and I could feel my stroke starting to fall apart. Things started to change when I got a sign saying I had only 4.2km to swim in under 1 hour and 10 minutes if i wanted the record.
The next sign said I had 2.7km to swim in under 44 minutes.
The next sign said 1500m to go in under 30 minutes.
The next one said 500m in under 10 minutes. I hit the coast of France and stood up on the closest rock I could find but you remember I'd been swimming for close to 7 hours straight at a pretty fast pace and it was extremely hard to actually stand up. When I was able to muster up the strength to stand up, I found out my time was 6 hours 55 minutes!
Q6. You sacrificed a lot to achieve this goal. But how did you push yourself day in and day out, especially when you got sick or things did not always go your way?
A6. I did have to sacrifice a lot to achieve this goal, but it makes things 100 times easier when you have an awesome support team around you like I had. I'm very easily motivated too, when someone tells me I can't do something I really like trying to prove them wrong. There were a lot of people that didn't think I had a chance of coming anywhere near this record, that in itself was all the motivation I needed!
For more information on the 2012 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, visit here.
Photos courtesy of Trent Grimsey. 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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