Anyway, much like not having much bike experience before cycling the world, I have pretty much zero swimming experience. There was a time when I had to fetch a wayward Frisbee that my friend threw into the sea once – does that count? I am quite stubborn when it comes to all things active and always start with the assumptions that I WILL do it. That is sometimes a good thing, but it does quite often result in me being completely underprepared. This swim is proving to be the flagship challenge showcasing my naivety. Stop cycling and you come to a gentle stop. Stop swimming and you drown.
There are the obvious problems I am going to face in the lead up like, route planning, what equipment to get, where to get it and who’s going to carry it for me. I am confident that I can train hard enough to avoid drowning (I am a doggie paddle master) but there is one major factor I have overlooked . . . Seasickness! No, you don’t understand. It’s only just come to mind because I am actually writing this on a ferry crossing the channel on a glass smooth day and still look like a skinny version of The Hulk. (Jim Carey in The Mask) It’s embarrassing. I can’t believe I hadn’t thought about this before. Looking back on my, although relatively short, list of ocean based activities, I have almost always arrived back on land about 1kg lighter than before I took off. I have tried seasick medication before but it makes me fall asleep, which is not ideal for swimming long distances.
So this is my first hurdle? I either throw up every hour, which will surely attract sharks resulting in my brutal execution or I fall asleep and drown?
Does anyone know what I can do?
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