Conditions on Saturday are likely to be tough (click here) with a 3.5M swell and 20 knot winds. Perversely I relish the tough conditions, as hopefully it will affect the faster “pool swimmers’” state of mind more than me!
I will have a support crew to guide me and feed me, with a guy on a kayak and a boat with skipper, observer, and supportive wife on board. It will likely take somewhere between 7 and 8 hours to make the crossing, and during this period I could stop for as many as two feeds an hour. A major issue is likely to be sunburn, so I will get fully greased up with lanolin (wool fat) and zinc beforehand!
This will be the longest every swim for me, and I am going in with the attitude that I must persist and cannot give up. I will swim until I have a handful of sand in my hand. I am also very much looking forward to having a few beers to celebrate. It’s been two full weeks with no alcohol and no coffee. I miss them both!
Fingers crossed you’ll hear from me next week with stories of challenge, but success. I’m off for a final session in the pool, then for dinner with training buddies.