Here you can find wisdom left by previous participants to help you plan for the event.
Have fun – it’s a blast and lives on as a memory more than anything else I have ever done !
Tactically – make sure you are prepared for any weather, get a comfortable chair/hammock/lounger to rest in
Having a number of people do shifts also kept the morale high with lots of new encouragement as the next supporters turned up.
Make sure you ask for help (and advice). I asked a number of people to do shifts providing support, but made it clear what I was asking them to do, I even had a handover process between my helpers so they knew what was expected.
Nutrition I think was key to seeing me through. I spent quite a lot of time researching this and getting some expert advice.
I gave myself the goal “just turn-up for each mile” – as long as I did that I knew I would be able to do just one more mile, it also stopped me thinking about how many miles left to go or how far I had done.
One of the things I learnt from the swim last year was that I should have brought enough swimsuits and towels with me so that I could get changed and dry after every swim particularly in the early hours, so for the next event I intend to bring enough of both.
I decided to ask my sponsors to sponsor by the mile and to give me a motivational song for their mile and a reason why they chose that song.
It’s not about swimming a long way, it’s about swimming a fairly short distance 24 times. Therefore make sure you have trained to swim lots of miles separately at regular intervals. Before the event I got around to swimming three times a day, but never really swimming that far in each session. Knowing how to swim tired is a critical piece.
Don’t under estimate the challenge…it’s really tough. Particularly without a suit and also during the night..it gets colder!