|Waiting for the temp to show..|
We were taking on a challenge which was new to us-so that deserves the respect of all emotions. It is a sign of strength to discuss your weaknesses and it is important to explain your fears. Over the previous days I had visualised the swim, down to the changing in the boat, every feeling, every movement I could see, clinching my fist, hyper extending my feet. I could not see a minute where I needed to get out of that mile.
In an official event, all risks have to be managed and highlighted. With our faces in the water and most of our changes happening internally we need to be alert enough to identify them-acknowledge them-deal with them. The crew can only look for changes like stroke count, movement changes, lucidity and fatigue. I’m a slow starter in all my swims, training or otherwise and at the test swim when we hit the water though it was only 6 degrees, my chest tightened and breathing became an obstacle.
|Our brilliant rescue cover|
|After our test swim at 43deg|