I will be swimming between 8-20 July 2016.
All my training and preparation is for this one event:
A single width of the English Channel;
no stopping and starting;
no resting for TV dinners;
no kissing or cuddling.
One continuous, uninterrupted line.
There is no specific date for my swim because other swimmers are cued to cross before me.
If their swims are delayed due to bad weather, this affects the timing of my swim. So I have to be ready, flexible, adaptable.
Unlike a marathon run where the course route and distance are fixed , the distance, timing and path of a Channel swim are governed by swim speed, changing weather conditions and tide.
The shortest distance from England to France is 21 miles in a straight line. When I swim however, the distance covered will be much longer due to the force of the current which will force me off course. The line I take will be in the form of an S-shape.
There is also the matter of the changing tide. One hears of swimmers arriving within a couple of miles of the French coast and having to swim on the spot for hours because the tide has turned against them.
The question is, how will I perform when my mind and body at their limits. How will I cope with losing my sense of gravity and place? With pain?
I’ve been there before, all those endless nights working in my studio, running on empty.
the point where words stop working and pictures follow
More about this to follow.