The wind was still blowing strong this morning again from the northeast accompanied by strong waves coming from the same direction but also swells from the south. This was an odd combination, none of which worked in my favor.
I had put an extra layer of wetsuit and felt constricted. I had to work much harder to rotate my arms and stretch them in front of me. I was warm though but maybe I overdid it.
I took my first nutrition break after swimming for one hour. I only had water to stay cool. I was battling those waves gorged with plankton and every so often one was breaking over me and my whole body was under water. My snorkel was also under water for few seconds and filled with water each time. Fortunately, it has a purge at the bottom and the water drained by itself, I just had to blew to clear the mouthpiece.
After the second hour, I wondered what my speed was. I was only doing a little over 1 knot. That was very disappointing and did not make any sense to swim a full day of 8 hours to only progress few miles like I did yesterday. We tried a more southern route to find out if it would make any big difference. After one hour going more south, knot my speed had increased by only knots. This was absolutely ridiculous, I was very frustrated and upset and decided to stop for the day…I knew these conditions weren’t going to last but it still got to me.