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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Great Plans For The Great Lake Swim

Jamie Patrick is quietly, patiently and diligently training for his unprecedented solo swim across Lake Michigan where he plans to swim 50% further than the legendary 60-mile professional marathon race between Abdul Latif Abou Heif and Ted Erikson in 1963.

His goal: a 90-mile (144.8 km) solo crossing of Lake Michigan called the Great Lake Swim in August.

As he continues his detailed planning, he is considering a number of parameters that will dictate his course:

Water temperature, air temperature, wind speed, wind direction, current direction and speed, and wave height and direction.

We called and asked him where he was in his training and where he is currently headed:

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How do you plan your course?
Jamie Patrick: The goal is to look at the past 8 years to determine the optimal 5-day window in August and to model the route to optimize Mother Nature. I also hope this also helps develop a start time for the swim based on the information we find. An ideal situation is a slight north wind with currents coming out of the north as well.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Will you stick to your feeding plans used in your previous marathon swims? Anything new on the nutritional front?
Jamie Patrick: My feeding plan will remain largely the same. I am a firm believer in keeping process foods out of my swim diet. I rely on a modified - old school - ultra running diet. Unlike most long distance swimmers I follow a diet that consists of mostly solid foods. I have three goals with my nutrition plan. The first is to maintain a predesigned carb, protein, and electrolyte plan. The second is to avoid insulin spikes which will cause the body to chill. And third is maintain 400 calories an hour. The one thing I am changing is most of my food and drink will be heated, including my solids.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What is your kayaker or paddler rotation plan?
Jamie Patrick: I am a firm believer in kayakers and support swimmers. For my swim I will allow kayakers and support swimmers at all times. Of course, both must not provide any draft. For me, having a kayaker next to me not only provides the safety aspect, but more importantly the mental support. Having a crew member there to help me through the tough times is truly a life line for me. Kayakers will rotate on a 2-hour basis.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Will you use pace swimmers?
Jamie Patrick: Yes I will have support swimmers. I refer to them as support swimmers as I will not pace off them. In reality, they are there for moral support and must swim at my pace. Lexie Kelly will be one of my support swimmers.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Are there any marine life that you have to worry about?
Jamie Patrick: There is no marine life that I am worried about. Part of the reason I am primarily a lake swimmer is to remove that element from the equation.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What kind of skin ointments will you use? Will you re-grease yourself doing the swim?
Jamie Patrick: I use a mix of Vaseline, K-Y jelly, and sunblock. I will re-grease myself. We have a process of using a sandwich bag full of the grease. A crew member will hand it to me. Once I have it I turn it inside out and apply it that way. This helps avoid getting it on my hands.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Are you training any differently for this swim than your previous swims?
Jamie Patrick: I am training differently. For the Great Lake Swim, I am not going big every day. From Tuesday to Friday, I will be going lighter. Saturdays, I will be going big, building week after week. For example, last weekend I swam 9.5 miles on Saturday. Next Saturday, I will go 10.5. Each Saturday increasing the long swim. Sundays, I will do have the distance I did on Saturday. Mondays are off. I do have a few weeks that will be different. For example, I have a three-day training where I will be doing 7 hours each day.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How did you find your escort pilots?
Jamie Patrick: I currently have one escort pilot confirmed. This is my dad. He is the most experienced captain I know. He has sailed around the world and is the most knowledge sailor and navigator I have every met. Last year he sailed his boat up the East Coast into the Great Lakes, then down the Mississippi River, back through Panama Canal to San Francisco. We are in the process of interviewing another pilot.

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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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