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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Paula Yankauskas Feeling Comfortable In Her Own Skin

Paula Yankauskas competed in the WOWSA World 10-mile Swimming Championships. The 58-year-old dynamo tells her impressions of the race.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How did you feel before the 10-mile swim?
Paula Yankauskas: I was ready to swim, relaxed and happy. I warmed up with a brief jog to a faraway parked car to retrieve needed items for my kayaker, Deborah Beier, just prior to the start. And when I said "ready" to swim, I meant well-prepared mentally and physically, despite a tentative shoulder.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How did you feel in the first half of the race?
Paula Yankauskas: I felt strong, confident and proceeding to plan, albeit with the awareness of the way this course could be different as one progressed through the miles. The water felt smooth; the signal patterns were right on from Deborah; the feeds were delicious and quick. I was way ahead of my Son of a Swim pace when I passed the lighthouse at just under the first hour. In the Son of a Swim, I passed that point at about 1 hour 25 minutes. I figured the warmer water was the difference, as well as my shoulder holding up well. My approximate split at 10K was 3 hours 35 minutes. It is not real fast, but close to my only previous 10K of 3 hours 17 minutes in a wetsuit. Although the water conditions were getting rougher then, and that after the sway across the top of the course approaching and going by the islands.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How did you feel in the second half of the race?
Paula Yankauskas: I was challenged by the rough water not so much in swimming in it, but more in coordinating with Deborah and the kayak. Rough water is okay as I have learned how to relax maybe even enjoy it. My shoulder injury was aggravated by how I handled one particular wave. After that, I was being a bit more careful with technique and I was able to manage pretty well. I finally moved to the right of the kayak where my work on bilateral breathing was quite helpful. Deborah later told me that the distance between the buoys on that stretch - from #5 to #6 and #6 to #7 - is a little difficult and maybe a bit discouraging. I did think they were far, but I didn't feel any frustration. I just kept my head down and trusted her and counted long cycles or had long thoughts before taking any looks. I could tell that we were making progress.

Deborah did ask me once if I wanted out, to which I replied emphatically in the negative. I wondered why it was asked just before buoy #7. I had just told her that I was cold in that section, but what I didn't know was that my stroke rate was 53; it is normally 64 to 68, and my pickups were not being sustained for the full 3 minutes. I did feel fine, maybe a bit tired but I had plenty left in the tank. I have experience of how it feels to be really drained or really cold. Anyway, we kept on
.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How did you get over the fatigue during the race?
Paula Yankauskas: Here is where I felt my training for this event paid off. I had gotten much farther feeling strong than previously so I was feeling happy about that; happy feelings to me add confidence so although I did feel sore and banged up, my body kept doing what I asked which was swim and no negative thoughts got in the way.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What did you eat or drink? How often?
Paula Yankauskas: My feeds were all the same. I had packed twelve, hoping to only need ten. I used eleven, plus I did have a thermos with hot chocolate in it but I didn't drink that until later at home. The feed for each hour, divided into 2, was blended sliced peaches, applesauce, pineapple juice for the liquid into which was blended one scoop of Endurolytes and one scoop of Perpeteum both Hammer Nutrition products. Feeds started at one hour, and then were reduced to every half hour. We did have one delayed 15 minutes in the rough water section when we were sorting out positioning relative to each other. I did learn that I would benefit from having some variety to my feeds in the future. Previously, I have used different fresh fruits in the base and I think that will be sufficient, like pears as well as fresh peaches, nectarines, etc. I will try other things as well in training with this aim for variety in mind. I learn something new each swim.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Did you and your kayaker talk during the race?
Paula Yankauskas: Yes, we had brief information exchanges on each feeding. And encouragement was also shared. Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What was your strategy versus your competition?
Paula Yankauskas: This time around, I was not focused on competition outside myself. This was my first attempt at this distance in skin. However, my strategy was to follow a pattern: 10 minutes strong smooth swimming with a two beat kick. I would adopt a sequence pattern with breathing and stick to it until Deborah signaled a pickup for 3 minutes, then an active recovery for 2 minutes. She'd signal the end of that so I'd know when the ten-minute segment started. The feedings were at the end of every other 15-minute cycle.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How did you feel after the race?
Paula Yankauskas: Immediately after, I was a bit unfocused and pleasantly tired. I was a bit sore in body, but quite buoyed in spirit. At home, I took a short nap and then woke up super charged up. I am not sure how to describe it: comfortable, euphoric, motivated, intense. I surmised that maybe endogenous endorphins were playing a part in that feeling.

It was easier than the Son of a Swim event a few weeks ago. I have a friend, Charlotte Brynn who has written that mental toughness can be learned and even coached. I am starting to believe that there is truth in that, if one is properly motivated and encouraged. One of my goals for this summer was to start swimming without a wetsuit in some of these Vermont swims. The Son of a Swim was the first of the Kingdom Series to test myself on. I think it was 61 or 62ºF with some places were colder. It was uncomfortable. When swimmers passed me headed back as I approached the Lighthouse buoy, I was tempted to join them. There were still 4+ miles to follow, but I had been colder when I attempted an Ice Swim in April in Lake Champlain with Charlotte where she was successful in completing a mile, but I pulled out at my request at about 3/4 of a mile. I didn't know what the visual and auditory changes in my perception portended. The water temp that day was just under 41ºC (5ºF). After I stopped fighting mentally with myself, this stopped a floundering style of swimming. I started to learn that I did warm up if I picked up my stroke rate. Shivering started at 3.5 miles, but I could make it stop by adding effort, and this was interesting enough to occupy my mind for quite a ways. That was a good hump to get over in terms of mental training. I almost didn't manage it. Definitely a harder experience than Kingdom Swim, but surviving Son of a Swim likely is what made Kingdom Swim more bearable.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What are your next open water swimming goals?
Paula Yankauskas: Well, for this year I want to make a good showing in the Swim the Kingdom series, and will be working particularly on getting ready for the Willoughby Lake swim. I'm also entered in an event called Swim the Suck in Tennessee later this year (October, 10 miles with the river current with or without enhancement from an upstream dam that may affect the strength of said current. So part of it has to be engaging help for the health of my shoulders. I need to see my talented Physical Therapist, Keith Geissler; get worked on by Bill Kules, a massage therapist; modify land training with core and shoulder stabilization in mind; and work on improving swimming technique. That in addition to working on speed and endurance. The goals are motivating, as are the swims gone by, but my mainstays are my kayaker Deborah, swimmer friend Charlotte, and the swimming community, especially the pod with which I currently swim. They are based in the Masters Group at the Swimming Hole in Stowe, Vermont, and for open water, the subset of us that regularly venture out to the Green River Reservoir conveniently located in my home town.

As for beyond this year? Well, you could follow me on twitter (@YankauskasVMD). I have ideas (Alcatraz, Ice Swim, English Channel), and might just astonish myself! (Due to my age, ahem, maturity, my own husband fears I might have missed my window for swimming challenging waters. I can see his point, but plan on proving the window to still be open).

The Kingdom Swim is amazing! It is a jewel of a swim, well-organized, well-run, tremendously enjoyable, and in Vermont! Kudos to the hard-working attentive people responsible for pulling it off, especially Phil White. And, from the swimmer's viewpoint, thank you!

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Agenda


Friday, 19 September

5:30

PM


Welcome Reception at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

Documentary films shown throughout the reception:

Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa – Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way
(film by Bruckner Chase)

Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain
(film by Wayne Ewing about Matthew Moseley's Lake Pontchartrain crossing)

Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska
(film by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko about the relay between Russia and Alaska)

The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau
(film about Simon Holiday's Pearl River Delta crossing)


Saturday, 20 September

9:00

AM


Registration and Coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

10:00

AM


Keynote Speech:
Colleen Blair (Scotland) on The History of Scottish Swimming

10:20

AM


Christopher Guesdon (Australia) on Multidimensional Roles In The Sport

10:30

AM


Colin Hill (England) on Recent Explosion in UK Open Water

10:50

AM


Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) on The Feminine Code of Achievement - How a Lady from Down Under Revolutionized Professional Marathon Swimming

11:10

AM


Simon Murie (England) on Open Water Swimming Holidays: How A New Sector Was Created Within The Travel Industry

11:30

AM


Swimming The Oceans Seven
A round table discussion moderated by:
Kevin Murphy (England), with Stephen Redmond (Ireland), Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden),
Darren Miller (USA), Adam Walker (England), Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand)

12:30

PM


Coffee and Break

1:00

PM


World Open Water Swimming Awards Luncheon:
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA)

Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year

Olga Kozydub (Russia), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year

Bering Strait Swim, 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year

Honoring: Vladimir Chegorin, Maria Chizhova, Elena Guseva, Ram Barkai, Jack Bright, Oksana Veklich, Aleksandr Jakovlevs, Matías Ola, Henri Kaarma, Toomas Haggi, Nuala Moore, Anne Marie Ward, Toks Viviers, Melissa O’Reilly, Ryan Stramrood, Cristian Vergara, Craig Lenning, Rafal Ziobro, Andrew Chin, Jackie Cobell, James Pittar, Paolo Chiarino, Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen, Ivan Papulshenko, Zdenek Tlamicha, Zhou Hanming, Oleg Adamov, Andrei Agarkov, Alekseev Semen, Tatiana Alexandrova, Roman Belan, Elena Semenova, Alexander Brylin, Afanasii Diackovskii, Vladimir Nefatov, Evgenii Dokuchaev, Oleg Docuckaev, Roman Efimov, Dmitrii Filitovich, Olga Filitovich, Victor Godlevskiy, Olga Golubeva, Alexei Golubkin, Alexander Golubkin, Alexandr Iurkov, Oleg Ivanov, Pavel Kabakov, Eduard Khodakovskiy, Aleksandr Komarov, Aleksandr Kuliapin, Andrey Kuzmin, Irina Lamkina, Vladimir Litvinov, Andrey Mikhalev, Victor Moskvin, Nikolay Petshak, Sergey Popov, Vladimir Poshivailov, Grigorii Prokopchuk, Dmitrii Zalka, Natalia Seraya, Viacheslav Shaposhnikov, Olga Sokolova, Andrei Sychev, Alexei Tabakov, and Nataliia Usachaeva [represented by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko and Nuala Moore]


2:30

PM


Alexey Salmin Pavlovich (Russia) and Dmitry Dragozhilov (Russia)
on the 2016 Winter Swimming World Championships [film]

2:50

PM


Sally Minty-Gravett (Jersey) on Motivating Swimmers

3:10

PM


Dmitry Blokhin (Russia) and Aleksei Veller (Russia)
on the First World Ice Swimming Championships [film]

3:30

PM


Matthew Moseley (USA)’s Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain [film]

3:50

PM


Simon Holliday (England) and Doug Woodring (Hong Kong)’s The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau 2014 [film]

5:00

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF)

IMSHOF Induction Ceremonies and Dinner
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA).

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Elizabeth Fry (USA), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • James Anderson (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Dr. Jane Katz (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Indonesian Swimming Federation Open Water Committee (Indonesia), IMSHOF Honour Organisation

  • Melissa Cunningham (Australia), Irving Davids – Captain Roger Wheeler Award by the International Swimming Hall of Fame and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Sandra Bucha (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Jon Erikson (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer [represented by Sandra Bucha]

6:30

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Introduction Video.
Welcome speech by host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)

6:45

PM


Dinner

7:30

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
Induction Ceremonies and Dinner with host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Mercedes Gleitze (England)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by daughter Doloranda Pember]

  • Dale Petranech (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Contributer and IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Claudio Plit (Argentina)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Shelley Taylor-Smith]

  • Judith van Berkel-de Nijs (Netherlands)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Niek Kloots]

  • George Young (Canada)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation]

  • David Yudovin (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer


Sunday, 21 September

9:00

AM


Registration and coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

10:00

AM


Nuala Moore (Ireland) on The Mindset of 1000m at 0ºC

10:20

AM


Admiral Konstantin Sidenko (Russia)’s Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska in 2013 [film]

10:40

AM


Ned Denison (Ireland) on Swimming The World

11:00

AM


Bruckner Chase (USA)’s Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa
Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way
[film]

11:20

AM


Rok Kerin (Slovenia) on Lifestyle Benefits From Open Water Swimming

12:00

PM


Survey distribution and group photo-taking

2:00

PM


Swim at Stravvana Bay, Isle of Bute






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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."


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