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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hertz Goes Into Overdrive

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

"She has a lot of marathoning left to do," predicts Tampa Bay Marathon Swim race director Ron Collins about Lisa Hertz.

The 28-year-old took a little spring break from class and turned in an impressive 12 hour 46 minute swim at one of the longest competitive marathon swims in the world this past weekend.

The English schoolteacher from Winter Haven High School in Florida was one of the five solo swimmers to finish the 24-mile wind-blown, turbulence-strewn course across Tampa Bay. The emerging swimmer and pioneer of the Assawoman Bay explained her experience.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Did you expect to swim for nearly 13 hours?

Lisa Hertz: My training partners, which includes the race director Ron Collins, expected my finish time to be around 9 hours, maybe 10. Just recently, I have learned that it is better to overestimate your finish time. That way, finishing around your estimated finish time feels wonderful, like you are coming in early, and you aren't disappointed when you have to keep swimming a long time. I figured I would swim 12 hours when I saw the winds that morning, so I separated my swim into four, three hour cycles. It seems more manageable when you think of it that way.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What were you thinking at you took your last stroke at the finish?

Lisa Hertz: I only asked how far to the finish when there was less than one mile to go. Then my crew started yelling out "500 yards!" "200 yards!" When they said "75 yards!" I could see the sand forming underneath me. It felt like it came out of nowhere. It was a really neat finish because I started right when the sun came up and finished right before the sun went down. It was amazing to touch the sand with the sun setting. It had been cloudy most of the day, but there weren't any clouds on the horizon and it was a really pretty sunset. When I first touched the sand, I thought I was going to start crying. But then I had to focus on getting up and clearing the water. All I could hear was my teammates cheering, which took me aback a little. I wasn't expecting that and it is unusual for the end of a swim. My mom wrapped me up in a towel and I just stood there grinning.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How did your training prepare you well?

Lisa Hertz: I am very lucky to train with some amazing marathon swimmers. I used to be a sprinter in college. I swam 50 free, 100 free, 100 back, and 200 back for Franklin and Marshall College. Training for those events is insanely different than training for marathon swimming. But for both types of swimming, it is crucial to have the support of teammates and wisdom and expertise of those who have experienced more than you have. Mark Smitherman, one of the finishers of last year's tough Tampa Bay Marathon Swim, is one of my main mentors. He is an amazing and inspiring athlete and will lead our training group on workouts that seem impossible...until we finish them. Smitherman and Chris Burke are training for Manhattan Island Marathon Swim this year and Carl Selles and I would round out our core training group. There is no way I could have been sucessful training alone. Marathon swimming is such an individual, isolating sport, but dependent on people that care about you so much during the training and swims as well.

More specifically, I swam long on Saturday and Sunday. The combined weekend distance almost equalled the distance of Tampa Bay Marathon Swim. One of these days would be an open water swim in the Gulf of Mexico. In the fall, the weekend was less intense and I swam the same workouts as the Winter Haven Stingrays swim club where I live. Workouts were two hours, five nights a week and three additional mornings a week. I also coach cross country where I teach high school and ran a few miles a week with the team. By January, my Winter Haven coach gave me different workouts and I only did dryland in the mornings because the weekends were so intense, up to five hours a day.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Did your pace hold even throughout the swim or did you negative-split or tire?

Lisa Hertz: My initial race plan for 10 hours of swimming was 3 hours easy, three hours cruising, three hours really swimming hard, and than an hour sprint at the end: everything I had left. We made some alterations to that. I had to insert an entire three-hour cycle. Something about the tides also made a game-day change to go out hard not only the second hour, but the third hour as well. The entire fourth three-hour cycle had the worst chop of the whole race, so I was glad that I had save some energy for going out hard at the end. I needed to use it all to face the chop. After the Gandy, the winds shifted to straight north and were blowing strong.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Looking back, what other types of training might have been helpful?

Lisa Hertz: I started doing yoga after a suggestion from Carl Selles, my training partner and the oldest person to complete TBMS. Yoga was very helpful and strengthened sore muscles. I would have like to have found more time for this, because it was very helpful. All of my dryland training was pretty basic but essential. I did core work, therapy bands, and running. Most of my training was in the water.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: If you lived inland (e.g., Kansas or Geneva), how would you have trained differently?

Lisa Hertz: It wouldn't have changed too much, except for the once a week open water swim would have been non-existent. I think pool training is very important to open water success. In open water, it is easy to not push yourself to your limit and just go with the flow. I believe that having workouts with interal training forcing you to hold an aerobic theshold for a long time are the more important part of the puzzle. Tampa Bay locals have done very well in TBMS when the conditions got tough, so there is something to be said about getting used to the conditions as well, but maybe it is our awesome swim community that we have.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How did your training help you (a) hold an even pace or (b) negative-split the race - if that was indeed the case?

Lisa Hertz: The workouts that we did always got harder as we went along. The hardest part of the workout wouldn't come until two-thirds of the main set was over. This made me better at energy conservation. I don't think I negative-splitted this race due to the conditions, but if it were not choppy, I might have.

Tampa Bay Marathon Swim Results - Solo Swimmers

1. Samantha Simon (24) 12 hours 18 minutes
2. Lisa Hertz (28) 12 hours 46 minutes
3. Carl Selles (67) 14 hours 21 minutes
4. Ann von Spiegelfeld (52) 15 hours 22 minutes
5. Arnie Bellini (54) 16 hours 17 minutes

Tampa Bay Marathon Swim Results - Relay Teams

1. Bull Shark Beach Open Water Swim Club (Big Donald Lutton, Andrew Lutton, Christopher Beach, Bubba Drody, Juan Cue, Scott Linebaugh): 10 hours 8 minutes
2. Delmarva Dogfish (David Speier, Jennifer Underwood, Jeffrey Benner, Charles Potterton, Bruce Anderson): 11 hours 16 minutes
3. SYSM Shark Bait (Fernette Ramnath, Terri Goodman, Marty Rauch, Ray Becker): 11 hours 49 minutes



Photos and video courtesy of Jason Malick.

Copyright © 2014 by World Open Water Swimming Association

2 comments:

  1. Such an inspiring young woman. The best is yet to come!

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  2. Such an inspiring young woman! The best is yet to come.

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

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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






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."


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