"Sean, what made you decide to swim the length of Britain?"
After I busted my ass (and my back) for 116 days trying to cycle around the planet as fast as I could - which was by far the hardest thing I had ever done - I was looking for the next challenge. I wanted to push the bar up. I wanted to challenge myself again. It's my oxygen. I've realised I am good at being hungry, tired, cold and wet. At the same time my mate Dave Cornthwaite was swimming 1000 miles down the Missouri river. I also wanted to do something in Britain and at the time I was writing my Land's End to John O'Groats cycle book. It was then I thought about swimming Britain but thought it had been done loads before considering it's such an iconic route. I then found out that it had not only never been done. No one has even attempted it. This made me really nervous so I asked all my swimming friends about it. They too thought it must have been done and when they found out it hadn't were very jealous that they hadn't thought of it first. It was totally doable. That's when the spark was lit and a real excitement for the adventure started to glow.
Another HUGE part of choosing challenges is to do things that I never in a million years thought I could to. Before I decided to go for the record for round the world cycling I couldn't do more than 30 miles without taking the train home. This challenge is no different. I'm no swimmer. I can swim enough not to drown but my last proper swim was a mile across a lake when I was 12. Throughout my entire twenties I did a combined distance of 3 miles - and half of that was fetching wayward frisbees on Brighton beach. I am a firm believer of Thinking Big. If you think big, people take you more seriously and things tend to work out for the better. Swimming Britain is the biggest thing I have ever conjured up in my wildly over imaginative brain and I am so glad I went through with it because it's looking like it's going to be one hell of an adventure.
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