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[DAY 34] A tiring day

We started the day with another problem with our electric outboard engine. Our main engine and the back up both gave us some error codes that we could not clear and both were down.

I had to swim beside Seeker. Once the crew got the streamline ready and the safety line with the kayak secured I lowered myself in the water and started to swim. During the first 15 minutes, the speed was constant and close to my pace. Very soon after, it increased and I couldn’t keep up with it and found myself falling behind the sailboat. It was first just 50 meters, then 100, then 150… at times I could only see the top half of the sails and mast. I always had a visual on the boat but I knew it wasn’t possible for them to maintain a visual on me because of the waves. It took me more than 20 minutes to catch-up.

For the rest of the day I tried to stay as close as possible to the start of the streamline, and each time the pace increased I would swim faster to keep up with Seeker; it was a tiring day.

Ben

 

MILES SWUM: 22 NM

HOURS SWUM: 8 HRS 22 MIN


SINCE DAY 1

MILES SWUM: 383 NM
HOURS SWUM: 129 HRS
MILES TO GO: 4617

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5 comments

  1. Looks like a tough day.
    I guess you had to lift your had often in order to adjust your direction with respect to the boat, which probably consumed energy, and literally, pain in the neck.
    The waves/swell seem unpleasant. Swimming in such conditions may cause some sea sickness, especially when you see the ground and/or the coastline.
    Are you feeling sick while swimming in such conditions in the Ocean (without any reference surface/line)?

  2. Hi Ben!! Its been a long time since we spoke. Just happened to google you to see if your dream had ever taken off, and wow here you are… finally underway!
    Dont know if u remember me. Jose Caballero, chiropractor. All of us back home wish u well and I will definitely be following you.
    You’ve been an inspiration to me since the first day I met you swimming at the 24 hr fitness.
    Stay strong!!

  3. You are so strong , physically and mentally . Hurdles and challenges test our focus and endurance to the end goal. Keep going !!

  4. Wow, 22 Nmiles. Incredible! Keep swimming; I am thinking of you daily. Hope you feel the power of the collective well wishes.

    Blessed be your journey!!

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