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Graham Coleman Getting It Done

Graham Coleman from Ireland was a swimmer as a child and then didn’t swim for decades.

Several years ago, Coleman got back into the water and starting doing marathon swimming to complement his work at a local software company. He took back to the sport with a vengence. Besides successfully crossing the English Channel while raising over £20,000 for the Central Remedial Clinic in 2007, he also crossed Lake Zurich, participated in an English Channel two-way relay, a Lake Windermere two-way relay, four 10 km Irish Long Distance Swimming Association swims and the Cleggan-to-Inishbofin Swim.

How did Coleman do it?

How did he start from ground zero and be successful on his first English Channel attempt in 16 hours 42 minutes? The important thing is that he accomplished his goals that he set out. Graham shared his goal-setting concepts first-hand:

Setting Goals to Increase Performance

Goal setting is both one of the most important components in achieving success and also one of the most commonly ignored. Often swimmers are so focused on improving their techniques, strength, flexibility and maximising the training hours, but let’s take a look at how goal setting can help endurance athletes.

Imagine if something existed which could make the early morning sessions easier to get up for, those long pool sessions easier to complete, the seemingly endless sea sessions more enjoyable and your race results as good as you’d like them to be. While setting goals certainly won’t make rice taste like chocolate, they give a purpose and help athletes stay motivated to achieve that higher level they have been striving for both in training and in the events.

So what is a goal?

A goal is a specific, measurable target which you would like to achieve in the future. Goals are the reason to get out of bed at 5 am to go training before work. Goals are the reason to go training when all you want to do is sit in front of the TV. The great thing is, setting goals is a simple process. People have been doing it for years – “I want to drop a few pounds before I go on holidays”, “I want to get my work done during the day and stop taking it home”.

The only new thing is, now we’re going to apply this logic to what for most is a life-long hobby to help us achieve the success we want.


Setting Goals

So you think setting some goals might help with your training and events, but how do you go about it? Well firstly there are a few things we have to consider. Whilst this is a simple process, the steps you take to set your goals are very important. If you end up with goals that are too general there will be no incentive to succeed. If they are too easy, you’ll struggle for motivation. Too hard and you’ll end up disappointed or even worse, injured. I use a simple four-step process to set goals:

1) ACHIEVABLE - Of course goals should stretch you and make you aim higher but too often goals are set which are too far out of reach. Goals must be feasible; otherwise the negative effect of not achieving the unrealistic goal can be seriously detrimental. If you currently swim 1,500 meters in 20 minutes, setting a goal to beat the world record may just lead to a sense of failure as the realisation occurs that this goal is not achievable.

2) DETAILED - Detailed goals make it perfectly clear what you want to achieve. Vague goals lead to a lack of focus. It’s better to say “I will reduce my 1,500 meter time”, instead of “I’d like to get faster at swimming”. All too often, general goals like the later end up as aspirations, as opposed to targets.

3) MEASURABLE- Goals and the progress towards these goals must be measurable. This
measurement not only helps you monitor progress, but also provides vital motivation as you train towards achieving your goal. Most swimming goals are measured in terms of speed or time. Taking the first example, let’s add the measurement - “I will reduce my 1,500 meter time by 60 seconds”

4) TIMED - By setting a deadline to achieve the goals, the focus and motivation is maintained. Without a time-frame, goals enter the arena of aspirations again. Taking our example, by adding a time frame we get “I will reduce my 1,500 meter time by 60 seconds by 1st July”. Comparing this to the alternate initial goal of “I’d like to get faster at swimming”, suddenly you can see the power a correctly created goal can generate


Maintaining a Focus on Goals

Keeping focus on the goals is the key to maintaining motivation.

Think of the end result – allow yourself to imagine what will happen if you achieve your goal. How will you feel when you swim faster than you ever have before? When you knock time off events you never thought possible? When you finish higher in the race than ever before? Allow yourself to imagine how you will feel when you achieve this goal, and let that feeling motivate you to train harder

Chart your progress - chart time trained, distance swam and improvements in times each. Many find that using wall charts to graph this progress gives them an extra kick when they’re feeling “what’s the point?” Suddenly you can see how much you’ve achieved so far, how far you’ve come and how you’re getting closer to your goal.

Share your goals – there’s nothing quite like people power to help motivation! Let people know what you are trying to do and who knows you might find that if they get behind you, the extra push they give could be vital to getting that step closer to your goal.

Plan to succeed – to achieve your goals, you also must create a training plan which will help you to get from where you are now, to where you want to be. Consult coaches, experienced swimmers and experts in the area. Make sure you have a plan which you know if you stick to it, will get you to your goal.


Summary

Goals are something which give us targets to strive for, Maybe this is to improve your speed for 1,500 meter or maybe this is to improve your final position in a 5-kilometer race. Whatever the case, remember to keep a focus on why you want to achieve this goal and how you will feel when you succeed and let this feeling motivate you!

Finally, remember that sometimes things happen that mean goals have to be raised or lowered - maybe you’ve had an injury and need to lower your goals or maybe you’ve had an opportunity to train more than expected and need to raise them. Keeping goals at the wrong levels can be just as damaging as having no goals at all, so make the process open to changes as required. So stay open to changing goals if your circumstances change.


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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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