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  • vasanti_hd
    Just to give an idea of what can be involved in swimming 22 hours to cross the English Channel: For very fast swimmers it is comparatively easy to get across
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 10, 2007
      Just to give an idea of what can be involved in swimming 22 hours to
      cross the English Channel:

      For very fast swimmers it is comparatively "easy" to get across - you
      start with the tide supporting you. Here the challenge is the cold
      water and the often unpredictable weather conditions - and the
      distance per se. Also you can get seasick in wavy water, stung by
      jelly fish or the wind can turn into gale force with no chance to
      continue.

      However, after about 10 hours or so the tide starts working against
      you. A good example is Jim Boucher's swim, who has a photo of his
      swim route on "Dover life":
      http://www.doverlife.co.uk/channelswimming/swim/1777/0/2007
      (click on the photo icon and go to the 4th photo which is a map)

      Here you can see the "drama of Channel swimming": the shore may
      already be clearly visible, almost "palpable", but the counter-
      current sweeps you out towards the Atlantic - direction New York -
      you swim for all you are worth, but the land recedes and you feel you
      are only moving backward. If you slow down now you are finished. But
      if you don't give up, first of all mentally - and many do at that
      point - but stay in and continue, the current will lessen and finally
      even reverse. What can happen now is that again you get within sight
      of the "goal", the shore, but again you are swimming as hard as you
      can and still be swept almost parallel to the coast. Often the wind
      will pick up in the middle of the process and work against you, only
      to subside later - if you are lucky. (Some may recognise the
      spiritual parallels, I suppose.)

      A good example from the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team is Karteek, who has
      completed 6 Channel swims so far (and is still going): He has taken
      between 10 hours and 16 plus hours - depending on the conditions, he
      also had to fight hard in some of his swims. To read more:

      http://www.srichinmoyraces.org/channel/channel_swimmers/karteek/

      Finally, here one of my favourite poems for anyone with high goals
      and lots of determination, especially comforting in the case of
      temporary failure:

      9725. Your Heroic Effort

      The determination in your heroic effort
      Will permeate your mind and heart
      Even after your success or failure
      Is long forgotten.

      Excerpt from Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, Part 98 by Sri Chinmoy
      http://www.srichinmoylibrary.com/sri-chinmoy-flower-flames/part98/25.html

      Vasanti
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