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Monday, July 29, 2013
An Adventurous Day Between Open Water Swims
There are close calls and sometimes people drive off the road or swerve to avert danger.
And sometimes those people drive into trouble.
Today a coach and a marathon swimmer went off the road and got stuck in the mud. While they were not hurt, the mishap into the soft mud was only the beginning of a memorable adventure that lasted until sundown.
Stuck in the mud without Canadian money in a construction zone, the pair were very kindly assisted by some alert construction workers who were excited to meet a swimmer from the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean. Never before had they met a Traversée swimmer in person and they were excited to meet one even as they smiled about the predicament the swimmer as in.
Soon, a tow truck was called and the car was excavated from its muddy pit. After getting pulled out of the mud, the swimmer and coach continued on their journal heading southward through Quebec to Magog. The swimmer was planning to participate in this week's 34 km Traversée Internationale du lac Memphrémagog. But the car started to shake violently if they drove faster than 40 kph. So they got off the highway and started to look for an automobile repair shop as soon as possible, driving delicately through corn fields that spread themselves out as far as the horizon.
After passing dozens of silos and farms, the swimmer and coach found a small auto repair shop. They rolled into the shop at the edge of a field of corn and explained their vehicular problems to the man in charge. The mechanic was inquisitive why two Americans in a rental car found their way to his little shop. Their response, "She just swam Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean in Roberval, and we are headed to Traversée Internationale du lac Memphrémagog in Magog," brought the widest smile possible to the mechanic. "Let me see what I can find," he replied as he got to work. Within minutes after intense concentration examining the car, he identified the problem and asked for the keys. The swimmer and coach stood incredulously, "The keys are here." And off the mechanic drove off without a word. With their money, passport, and all their worldly belongings in the car, the pair figured their unexpected adventures had to continue. "Hmmmm, we hope he comes back."
15 minutes later, the red rental car returned, cleaned and running like a charm. Smiling proudly, the mechanic would not hear of receiving any money. "Please, please, let's take a photo." A photo with a professional marathon swimmer was all that he wanted for his time and efforts.
The pair then set off for the next swim, passing the city of La Tuque famous for its 24-hour relay swim of the 1970s (24 Heures La Tuque), past the city of Magog, and onwards to the shores of Lac Memphrémagog. Once at the shores of the Mighty Memphrémagog, they visited The Clubhouse, the headquarters of NEKOWSA (Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association) co-founder Phil White. The setting on the lake as the sun started to set was beyond words, simply majestic.
As White barbequed some NEKOWSA chicken, whipped up the famous Kingdom Swim smoothies, and husked corn for his tired guests, they plotted the next day for a swim around Black Island, Bell Island, and Cove Island sitting in the middle of Lac Memphrémagog. "It's a 5-mile loop around these 3 islands just west of Jay Peak Resort and south of the USA-Canadian border," explained White.
When mishaps and miscues happen on land, the best way to cope is sometimes with a nice long swim in a majestic lake.
Last photo shows Emma Otto-Moudry rounding Cove Island (with Black Island in back) with her kayaker Don Houghton of Craftsbury, Vermont on her way to a second-place finish at the inaugural WOWSA World 10 Mile Open Water Championships.
Copyright © 2013 by Open Water Swimming
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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