- Jose Lois Larossa (swimmer) and Andy (kayak support)
- Myself (Sofian) swimming and Annika Larsson (kayak support)
|6.40 a.m. About to start|
|Sea was nice all the way|
The good thing was that the phone and internet was always working during the swim. Annika made the phone calls and informed me the other team had stopped.
My nutrition up to this point was CarboPro mixed with water and bananas mixed with sea water, every 30 minutes.
The battery on my watch went dead and I relied on Annika for distance swam. At 11km I was so disheartened that we were only about half way.
Swim speed: 2:04 - 2:52 min. / 100 m
Whilst the sea was now "flat", we were going against a strong current. I didn't dare glance at landmarks as knew I was hardly moving. Whilst high waves hurtling towards the boulders are very scary to look at, it is currents going against you that really slow you down.
Swim speed : 3:01 - 3:58 min / 100 m
The sea was very shallow and full of corals and very sharp looking sea urchins. I was worried I might graze the corals or even couldn't put my feet down.
But just close to the shore, it became clear sand and I was able to put my feet down.
Swim speed: 2:31 - 2:46 min / 100 m
I gave the appropriate respect to Annika (my kayaker), Jose (my swim mentor) and Andy (our local expert).
|Job done. Thank you to Jose, Andy and especially to Annika Larsson, my kayaker|
Any body damage?
I was tired of course, but the legs were quite ok and I could walk a good few km with luggage to town after the swim. Recovery has taken about a week. I have quickly got back to 60 km per week, but going very slowly. The very long swim killed my speed.
But overall I'm quite OK and I am eagerly researching even longer swims to do now.
Was I the first person to swim around the island?
A South African lady has actually done this swim taking about the same number of hours. She has also swam the 32km or so from Koh Pha Ngan to Koh Tao. That would be a possibility for our next project.