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Monday, July 8, 2013
Champion's Reflections, Kristin Jones On The Kingdom
After reeling in the leaders including Emma Otto-Moudry over the second half of the 16.2 km course, we asked Jones about the Kingdom Swim.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How did you feel before the 10-mile Kingdom Swim?
Kristin Jones: I have been looking forward to swimming here for the past couple months. I competed last month in the Swim Around Key West, but I was horribly seasick the entire swim. I was just glad I finished it. I was looking for a great swim to take my mind off of that one.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How did you feel in the first half of the race?
Kristin Jones: The first half of the race I felt fantastic. But so does everyone else. I have learned that with marathon swimming, the more controlled and smooth you can swim the better, especially for the first half of the swim. I focused on controlling my breathing and conserving my energy. I was in 5th or 6th place for the majority of the first half of the swim.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How did you feel in the second half of the race?
Kristin Jones: Before starting the swim, my game plan was to control my pace for the first half, and then decide how to pace depending on how I felt at around the 2-hour mark. I found myself watching the time waiting for the two-hour mark. I felt fantastic. I just wanted to get halfway so I could speed up. I think it worked perfectly for me. I am still figuring out how to pace a marathon swim, but every race gets better!
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How did you get over the fatigue during the race?
Kristin Jones: I think preparation for a swim of this length is essential. I started preparing last September or October when I decided to start marathon swimming seriously. Like I mentioned earlier, I competed in the Key West swim last month, that was a 12.5-mile swim but I was seasick and unable to swim to my capabilities. It was disappointing there, but I was happy I finished. After that disappointment I was really looking forward to Lake Memphremagog. I knew it would be calmer, cleaner water, much better water and air temperature and the fact that I normally swim in lakes. Swimming where you're most comfortable is always an advantage.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What did you eat or drink? How often?
Kristin Jones: Hah, actually I kind of winged my nutrition and feedings for this race. After completing a grueling 12.5-mile ocean swim with virtually no nutrition. I knew I didn't need to over-think this aspect of the race.
I wanted to stick with what my body is most comfortable with, nothing too fancy. I had a bag of bite-size Snickers bars with me, three water bottles (two with electrolyte water in them), some ginger ale, and a 32 oz. bottle of Gatorade.
I planned to stop about every half hour, but I would be flexible with this standard depending on competition and how I was feeling. I ended up stopping roughly every 20-45 minutes. I ate a Snickers every time I stopped and drank some type of liquid. For the first two hours I drank only Gatorade, then switched to water. I also had some ibuprofen for good measure. I did crave some applesauce, which is something I have had during training swims, next time i'll be sure to pack some.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Did you and your kayaker talk during the race?
Kristin Jones: My kayaker and I communicated throughout the race, absolutely! He is my boyfriend's younger brother. I think he was a bit nervous for the race but honestly, he was able to navigate and guide me straight to each buoy, I think that helped a lot throughout the swim.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What was your strategy versus your competition?
Kristin Jones: My strategy was to listen to my body. A marathon swim is a long and difficult race, if you expect your body to be able to do one thing, and it's not able to - the mental toll is incredibly taxing. Speaking from experience, it can make you want to pull out of the race completely. So, instead of expecting to win and have an incredible race every time I compete, I decided I would go in prepared for the worst and expect the unexpected. For me, I had a wonderful race, I felt it during the swim and am still basking in the after affects of swimming a solid 4 hours in a lake. I mean, my body hurts and I still haven't felt full, but I love that! The unpredictable nature of open water swimming is what draws swimmers to it, it's what keeps us here. We love the challenge, we love to adapt to the challenge. Going in with no expectations was my strategy because I know i'll always exceed them.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How did you feel after the race?
Kristin Jones: I was starving after the race, I walked out of the water and straight to the lunch spread. I felt the same way after my Key West swim, it was shocking how much food I was able to eat after the swim. The day after the swim was rough, my joints ached. Mostly my shoulder and hip joints hurt. It was hard to use my arms, I imagine this is kind of how marathon runners feel, except these are swimming muscles.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What are your next open water swimming goals?
Kristin Jones: I have been competing to raise awareness for an organization called FARA. I have been using my swimming to raise awareness about a genetic, life-shortening, debilitation disease that two of my brothers have - Friedreich's Ataxia. Before I swam the Swim Around Key West race, I raised over US$5,000 and since then I have raised an additional US$600. I plan to keep raising awareness and funds through my swimming. Here is a link to my Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance fundraising page, as well as two articles outlining the efforts myself as well as others have made to honor Ryan and Owen (my brothers):
Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance fundraising page, Juneau Empire#1 , and Juneau Empire #2.
My next swims will take place on August 3rd and 4th in Sitka, Alaska and Ketchikan, Alaska. I will be competing with my mom and younger brother (who is 16 and not affected) in a 5K at the Sitka Sound Adventure Swim, then the next day I will compete in the Pennock Island Challenge as a solo swimmer (8.2 miles). I'm looking forward to racing locally again, my last couple swims have been far from home and I am missing all the local support I feel when I am home.
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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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