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Monday, January 13, 2014

Just Try One More, Penny Dean's Challenges And Successes

Penny Lee Dean, the long-time record holder of the English Channel (7 hours 40 minutes from England to France in 1978) and the Catalina Channel (7 hours 15 minutes from California to Catalina Island in 1976), launched her fourth open water swimming book on Amazon in December.

Her 196-page softback entitled "Just Try One More" is a page-turner for all those interested in open water swimming and learning how a tiny, young girl from California became one of history's greatest channel swimmers.

"I am very happy about the book," explains the first USA Swimming national open water swim team coach who founded the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation and coached an entire generation of open water swimmers. "It tells the story about my life of swimming and the relationships that I had with my mother and all my coaches including Siga [Rose]. It was a fun project to work on".

She talks about her new book:

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What chapter was your favorite to write?
Penny Lee Dean: My favorite chapter was Is That The Coast as it came together finally.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Other than family, coaches or teammates, what individual in your autobiography was the most colorful character you met?
Penny Lee Dean: Dale Petranech, by far. He was so funny and always did something outrageous.


Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Was there anything funny or interesting or memorable that you did NOT include in your book?
Penny Lee Dean: Stories of my brother when we lived together. While in Windermere one year, Dale Petranech and Isabel had as the official [car] and he had his own car. He left ten minutes in front of us as we needed a large van for four swimmers and coaches. As we were about to leave, Dale returned and asked for a new car. I asked what happened and he made a few of his funny noises. Then said while he was on the left side of the road, he knew he had to turn right on the next road. But he turned too soon and landed his car on one of the crosswalk islands and all four tires popped. I laughed so hard. This was Dale. He took it in stride and rented another car.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: When we think of great channel swimmers, women immediately come to mind. Gertrude Ederle, Greta Andersen, Lynne Cox, and you. What common characteristics do you think tie these women together?
Penny Lee Dean: And Florence Chadwick. Desire, planning, and the will to be the best overall for both men and women; the fight to conquer the conditions no matter what they are, especially water temperature. Humor and seriousness when needed. They are all explorers as they each tried to do something new and different.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Take us through the preparation and execution of your 36,000 meter training swim for your channel swims. Did you stop? Did you hydrate?
Penny Lee Dean: I tapered four days for the swim. I drank ERG every 10,000 meters. I didn't touch the bottom. My 100m splits were put on a board so I could read and figure out my 500 and 1000 and 1500 times in my head.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: You taught for many years at Pomona-Pitzer College. How did you greet your students on the first day of class? What primary life lessons did you want to teach your students?
Penny Lee Dean: I taught at Pomona-Pitzer for 26 years. I gave the students a syllabus on the first day and then I would go over it. I would ask names, backgound and have a swim test except in the beginning. I would go one at a time, especially for foreign swimmers because many were non-swimmers. For the beginners, I made them get in the water at the 7-foot depth, but we had a ledge and they would hold on. They would move a few steps and then get out. Next, I would take them to the outdoor showers and have them put their faces in the water. They had homework to do this a few times before the next class. Most beginners were afraid of this. By the end of the semester, they were usually swimming a half-mile. On the last day, they played water polo in the 15-foot water.

My classes were for them to learn to believe in themselves and to challenge themselves. It was also a place they could talk about school. I told them it was their responsibility to change anything they didn't like first at the school and then in the world. Many did lots of changes over my 26 years
.

The book describes Dean's training and development to accomplish something no one had ever done before or has accomplished since: simultaneously hold the English Channel and Catalina Channel records.

Just Try One More is a great read from one of the icon's of the open water swimming world who has given much to the sport as an athlete, coach, author and administrator.

To order Just Try One More, visit here.

Just Try One More is Dean's fourth book following Open Water Swimming: A Complete Guide for Distance Swimmers and Triathletes (1998), How To Swim A Marathon (1985) and History of Catalina Swims (1980).

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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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