Log: Swim Pacific

[DAY 125] A new approach

The winds had picked up and the air temperature was cooler this morning. Ty and James paced me on the dinghy. I wanted to try a change in food breaks. Every time I take one, my muscles are cooling down and with a cooler water temperature,over night it is harder to get back into my rhythm.
So I decided to have shorter food breaks and to take them every 2 hours.
At the end of the day, I was satisfied with the result and I will try this new approach another day before deciding if I am going to adopt it for good or not.
I also try to focus on ways to improve my average speed. Lowering my break time would help. They are only two other variables that I control, my speed and the number of hours I swim per day. If I decide to increase my speed or the number of hours, I am always concerned about how I can sustain it. Increasing my speed and the number of hours for one day and then being tired the following day is not the solution either. There is a balance to be found and every day it is different because of the weather conditions and how fast or slow I recoup overnight.
The bottom line for me is to put as much miles behind me as fast as possible.

Swam: 8.38NM
Weather conditions:
Cloudy (could coverage 6/8)
Wind speed: 15-20 kts
Wind direction: W
Waves height: 1.5 m
Waves direction: WSW
Water temperature: 25.7°C

4 thoughts on “[DAY 125] A new approach

  1. Nice one mate. Following you in the uk. I love the occasional visitors the sea offers you. Thank you all for your focus on conservation and the plight of the worlds oceans.

  2. Hi Ben,
    Your epic swim is an inspiration for the ages. I look forward to reading each post in your logbook and tell others about you and your crew’s heroic expidition of ocean health. Stay well and kind thoughts from California.

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