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Saturday, December 7, 2013

If You Want Something Done, Ask A Busy Man

Dr. Steve Minaglia lives a very busy life as a physician, editor and father of 4 young children. But he gets in enough time to train for his channel swims throughout Hawaii even if he is only one of four board-certified specialists in the field of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery in Hawaii.

"I see patients all day on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursdays and operate on Tuesdays and Fridays. I am also an editor for the Journal of FPMRS, the Director of Robotic Surgery at a local hospital, and the Director of Online Education for the American Urogynecologic Society. I work about 50-60 hours per week."

As if that is not enough, he also travels throughout the Pacific Rim.

"I also lecture in China and travel to the [U.S.] mainland between 7-8 weeks per year. Most extra work, I finish on planes. My wife is an attorney and our kids are [ages] 6, 8, 8, and 11. Despite this, I get time to train."

He gets in training when he can after swimming in high school. "I have been swimming since 2008 when I moved to Hawaii. Prior to this, I also swam briefly in residency with a water polo club. Since 2008, I have never stopped swimming for more than several days. I regularly compete in ocean races locally like the North Shore Swim Series, Waikiki Roughwater Swim and the Waikiki Double Roughwater, and 3 channels. I like biathlons (running/swimming) and have placed high in them the last two years, but I think the leg training ruins my swimming."

When he trains, he focuses on his swimming but his responsibilities are never out of reach. "At the pool, my pager is always on the deck and the coaches/lifeguards grab me when it rings.

Years ago, I swam straight 3-4 km swims in the pool and ocean alone. During this time, I met 3 people at my local pool (50m outdoor) whom I now regularly swim with. Together, we swim about 4 km on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7-8:30 am. They are all much faster than me and usually place first in their age groups. 39-year-old Michelle and 30-year-old Nalani are triathletes. 54-year-old Mark just swims at legendary speed. Mark and I sometimes swim out to the Mokulua islands off Kailua. These three have inspired me with challenging workouts and their speed. This year I joined the University of Hawaii masters swimming program. I usually swim with them on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays. I get up at 4:30 am and have practice from 5:30-7:00 am after which I start my day. Most days, I swim in the ocean at Ala Moana Beach Park about 2-4 km during lunch. I rarely swim after work because I need to get home to the family. In general, I swim between 5-6 days per week anywhere from 4-8 km, with some weeks including a 10 km. I started logging my training since October 2013 on usms.org and have swum 125 miles since that date
."

He squeezes in what he can. "I will swim basically anywhere when I am out of the country or on the mainland. I have swam with the Chicago Blue Dolphins twice for a week when in Chicago. Both times the club did not charge me and treated me like their guest. I found them on U.S. Masters Swimming and enjoyed the experience immensely. I swim in the Macau Olympic Aquatic Center Pool when teaching over there and when that is closed the local community pools. I swam at major swimming venues in Beijing and Nanjing. I have swam at countless hotel pools. I once did 1000 laps in a small hotel pool - 4 strokes to the wall. Recently, while in Baltimore, I got the manager to let me swim free in a health club pool after telling him I was days away from the Pailolo double crossing."

As we have seen throughout the open water swimming world, if you want something done, ask a busy man…or woman.

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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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