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Friday, September 13, 2013

Bethany Bosch Boldly Swims In Search Of Memphre

Bethany Bosch completed the 25-mile In Search of Memphre in 17 hours 11 minutes. This is her story about her longest adventure under terrifically challenging conditions:

Daily News of Open Water Swimming:When the winds were swirling and the surface chop was turbulent, what were you thinking?
Bethany Bosch: I must confess that I didn't realize the conditions were very unpleaseant. It was hard, sometimes, to stay with the boat as the wind kept pushing it away, but I just accepted that that was part of the deal. There was one time when I looked up and one of my crew was using a pump to get water out of the bottom of our boat. I saw him doing that and I thought, "Oh... he must be bored." Then I kind of laughed at myself and my denial. Nope, nothing wrong with that scene at all! Everything is just fine! A little water here and there in the boat just makes it more fun.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Did you change your stroke any to navigate through the turbulence?
Bethany Bosch: I definitely did need to focus on keeping my head down. I had to sight a bit to see the boat and be sure I was on course and I noticed that my head would stay up, even when I wasn't trying to sight. I focused a lot on my body position.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: These was the longest swim of your life. What did you think during your LAST stroke and FIRST step on shore?

Bethany Bosch: Being from Vermont, I had a small group of very, very dear friends waiting for me on shore. When I looked up and removed my goggles and saw them standing there, I just thought, "I made it. I'm home." And even though I knew I was totally beat up and my eyes were almost swollen shut and my shoulders were sore, I just felt like the most beautiful creature on the planet just then.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What did you eat during the swim? What did you eat afterwards?
Bethany Bosch: I didn't eat anything during the swim. I just had an endurance drink mix. It worked great for the first 15 miles and then made me very sick for the last 10. It was all I could do to not throw up. Afterwards, my stomach was still upset for quite some time, so I didn't eat much until the next day. When I finally felt better, I had the chocolate mousse bomb I had picked special from a Vermont bakery to eat after the swim. I thought of it during the swim. It was so worth the wait!

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What is next?
Bethany Bosch: I hope to participate in the SCAR swim challenge and Swim Across the Sound next year as a part of my training for my English Channel tide from September 1st-6th, 2014.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What was the low point of your swim?
Bethany Bosch: Somewhere when I had only 5 or 6 miles left. I had been regurgitating my feed for quite a while and forcing myself to swallow it back down so that I didn't get dehydrated. My shoulders were pretty sore and hurting. I was pretty sleepy from being up all night. When I stopped, my crew said they were a bit concerned about my stroke rate and they wanted to be sure I wasn't getting cold or losing function. I answered them a little testily - because I thought they wanted to pull me out and I wasn't done yet - and then I felt really bad. My eyes filled with tears and I said, "I wished I trained better for this." They both told me I was doing fine and I was ready for this. I put my head in the water realizing I couldn't have trained any harder, there's no pool in my hometown - I have to drive an hour and fifteen minutes to get to the nearest one. As a part of my Channel Swim I am working with a non-profit to raise money to build an aquatic center in Rutland, Vermont so that the community can have access to indoor pool facilities and all of those benefits all year long. I just thought to myself that I have to do that - I have to build that pool. I have to. The next person from Rutland who swims this won't have the problems that I am having right now.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What body part hurt the most during your swim?
Bethany Bosch: My right shoulder hurt a lot and was very inflamed when I finished. I haven't yet got my full range of motion back.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Were you ever out of breathe or ill during the swim?
Bethany Bosch: With only 10 miles left was about the first time my mouth filled with bile and I spewed my feed out. I thought that if I actually threw up I might feel better, but I didn't want to get in the habit and become dehydrated. So from there on, I just kept swallowing it back down. It was pretty tough. I didn't expect to be so sick.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Did you ever do breaststroke or backstroke during the swim?
Bethany Bosch: I backstroked once to stretch my shoulders while I was waiting for my crew to add Advil to a feed.

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

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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."

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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