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Monday, May 26, 2014

The Long And Short Of Training For Lake Pontchartrain

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Gotta like Matthew Moseley's training approach to his upcoming 25-mile crossing attempt of Lake Pontchartrain from the North Shore in New Orleans to the New Canal Lighthouse in Louisiana.

"My coach Randy Soler from Puerto Rico has me doing Ultra Fast Race Pace Training, which has been helping my times and overall endurance. Plus a lot of dry land training," explains Moseley.

"To prepare I have done a 25 km open water swim in Puerto Rico in early March, many 10-12 km training swims between, and a 15 km pool swim last weekend.

One more big swim (20-25 km) in the next few days and I'll be ready.

I also started the training last year doing the Swim Around Key West in 5 hours 1 minutes, having just come off a shattered tib/fib and ankle in August 2012. I'm just happy to be swimming and grateful for the journey
."

Moseley's swim will benefit the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and will be the subject of a documentary film to bring awareness to coastal wetlands issues and recovery of the lake.

Moseley plans to dive into the darkness of Lake Pontchartrain at 9 pm on June 10th and swim through the night as a celebration of the silver anniversary of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation that led its return to health. For him, each mile will represent another year in the life and work of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation: the little non-profit that began its mission 25 years ago to clean up Louisiana’s great lake. Moseley’s north-south crossing is expected to take 12 to 13 hours - a small sliver of time compared to the Foundation community that has been working to reclaim Lake Pontchartrain and its priceless habitat for future generations.

I want to acknowledge their success in cleaning up Lake Pontchartrain by actually being a part of the lake’s ecology and taking a nice long swim,” said Moseley, a communications strategist, author, and native to the area.

Moseley was born locally, grew up in Lafayette, and he loves everything New Orleans. He has done 2 previous Lake Pontchartrain swims in support, but never solo and never from shore to shore. "The public can pledge support for the swim at saveourlake.org with all donations going to Foundation’s continuing work on behalf of the lake and the coast. I want to raise awareness of the need for continued vigilance and the money to help make it happen."

We are really excited to celebrate the hard work that our volunteers, supporters and employees have done to clean up Lake Pontchartrain and protect one of the most valuable resources we have in this region," says Executive Director John Lopez. “Having Matt here doing this swim is a perfect way to do that, and the timing couldn’t be better. Matt and so many locals who support LPBF are an inspiration to LPBF staff who work every day for our mission, against the enormous challenges of our coast, and toward protecting our environment. So it’s great for all of us to look forward to Matt’s return and his plan to stage another great adventure. We are all getting very excited, and we hope the public will, too.”

Moseley’s crossing will be a highlight of the documentary [see trailer below] that award-winning filmmaker Wayne Ewing is making on the lake’s hard-fought recovery. The Foundation will provide a boat at the Lighthouse to ferry media and other visitors into the lake to observe the progress of Moseley's swim. Musicians, including composer David Amram and bluesman Papa Mali, will be aboard a support boat to make music during the swim. Secret Moonbase Productions and Royal Artists will provide nautical themed art to commemorate the crossing.

I equate open water swimming with getting off the track and on the trails for running or hiking," explains Moseley. "In open water, we leave the pool and the lane lines and the clock behind. We are all descendants of the water, and after swimming for long periods, one begins to feel that connection. After several hours of swimming, all thoughts wash away and the adventure becomes simply you and the water … In some small way, I would like for the swim(s) to make the connections between humans and our waters (for) somewhere along the way, we have lost what water means.”





For more information on his swim, visit here.

Additional articles about Moseley's crossing include:

* Dancing With The Water By Wayne Ewing
* Gator Doesn't Stop Matthew Moseley From The 'Train
* Matthew Moseley Makes It Across The 'Train
* Training For The Big Swim Across Lake Pontchartrain
* Preparing To Paddle Across Pontchartrain
* Go Fast To Go Far

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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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