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Thursday, December 5, 2013
Eney Jones, A Very Special Person
In her front yard in Colorado, Boulder Creek sits there in the foreground of the majestic Rocky Mountains. As spring and summer rolls around, the snow melts and a tremendous amount of mountain run-off comes pouring down as it flows to the lower altitudes.
"The last week in June and first week in July are perfect," explains one of the fastest masters swimmers on the planet. But perfect for what?
"I can go 23 minutes [see below]. If I had stronger mental fortitude and not sitcom mentality - 23 minutes - I could go longer. I am sure all the top open water kids could."
We asked her about her swimming and coaching:
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: You have played all kinds of roles in the sport of open water swimming: athlete, coach, promoter, triathlete, commentator, model, inventor, designer. How do you maintain your enthusiasm for the sport over all these decades?
Eney Jones: I maintain my enthusiasm for the sport by being inspired by 3 things: the past, passion and possibility. That keeps me connected to history, the present and the future. There is so much that has transpired so much happening and there is much yet to come; it is always exciting.
I watch things like this, this and this. I read everything from James Councilman to current-day studies of Brent S. Rushall. I create current dialog with the Swimmers’ Acceleration in the U.K with Tony MacGuinness and stay current by helping professional triathletes like Angela Naeth and Mirinda Carfrae.
I am challenged by my friends and business partners at Dallas Aquatic Masters including Bobby Patten, Steve Barnicoat, Robert Killeen and Tim Glenn. I promote products that I believe in including the EneyBuoy, ExerGenie and BowSwim.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: You are so technically proficient when you swim and so tactically smart when you race. How do you share this knowledge with others?
Eney Jones: I am a coach, a teacher, and a competitor. The combination of these things helps me to present and adapt to the different ways that people learn. Is it by feel, thought, mimicking, or application? Did I need to dispute what they have learned? Each person is different.
I must adjust in my presentation; do they need many words and studies, or just a few words and activation tips?
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: You invented and patented the EneyBuoy. Please tell us about it and how it can help an open water swimmer and triathlete.
Eney Jones: The EneyBuoy is a dramatic improvement over the traditional pull buoy. The EneyBuoy allows the buoyancy to be adjusted. It allows for an increased workload when filled and the correct racing, or saltwater position when empty. Teaching tempo or “Split Tempo” as I call it. The sloshing around mimics the changing pattern of the sea. It is cleaner and more durable.
The EneyBuoy makes people pull engaging their core, not pulling like they have just had an epidural. You have to SQUEEZE IT. At the very least, you can rehydrate while you are working out.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: About how many different open water races have you done throughout your career?
Eney Jones: I have done hundreds of open water races from the Traversée Internationale du Lac Memphrémagog, when it was the liquid crossing of borders of the U.S. to Canada, to the Ironman 6 times. Each race is different and with each race you collect experiences. You learn, you grow, you improve.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Can you tell us about your 5 most favorite races?
Eney Jones: My favorite races are Maui Channel Swim, the Waikiki Roughwater Swim, Flowers Sea Swim and any swim off Siesta Key Florida where I am from, and probably many more that I have not done yet. There are fabulous places to go, great people to meet and things to look forward to. I would like to do a swim in the Hellespont, the Round the Sound Swim and so many more.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: If you were 18, how would you prepare for the upcoming Olympic 10K Marathon Swim in Copacabana Beach for the 2016 Rio Olympics?
Eney Jones: If I were preparing for the upcoming 2016 Olympics, I would take advantage of all the great people and great information out there. I would feel fortunate that there is an event and a venue like this for me to have an OFG (Opportunity for Greatness). There used to not be events like this and a showcase for your talents. Embrace it. Celebrate it. Appreciate it and GO FOR IT.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How important does nutrition play in the success of an elite athlete? What about dryland training?
Eney Jones: Because as a former elite swimmer, athlete and now aging woman I cannot rely on training alone. Nutrition and dryland are extremely important. You cannot run your car on water and need to be picky on fuel. High Octane or GOOD FOOD is important. Each year I get weaker and I must try to get stronger. I try something different every fall like Crossfit, Trx, Pilates, yoga, etc. Celebrate yourself. RACE. Honor yourself, eat well, train well, sleep well and look forward to racing well.
Copyright © 2013 by World Open Water Swimming Association
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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