Despite the heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures of the last two days, we finally made it as far as Frankfurt, Germany. As we are sitting here in the airport, trying to kill time while waiting for our flight to Rio tonight, I think that now is as good a time as any to introduce my support team for my upcoming Leme to Pontal swim. Apart from the pilot, his/her crew and the official observer from the Leme to Pontal Swimming Association, my support team is as follows:
Spearheading the operation will be my boyfriend, Wagner Hernandes, who has supported me for many of my training swims this summer, including my 6-hour qualifying swim at Sandycove during the Cork Distance Week. He helped to keep myself and a dozen or so other swimmers fed and encouraged for that particular swim, so managing my feeds etc. during Leme to Pontal will be no bother to him! Wagner will also manage communication between myself and the support boat.
I’m delighted that Wagner’s brother, Wylliam, will also be able to join us for this swim. Wylliam is studying nutritional sciences in his and Wagner’s hometown of Campos dos Goytacazes, in the north of the State of Rio de Janeiro, so he will be carefully observing to make sure that I am getting the most from my feeding plan. Wylliam will also be sending out some of the updates (in Portuguese) for those watching online.
And last but certainly not least, my sister, Amy, will also be on the boat and will be doing an undoubtedly fantastic job of managing the GPS tracker and social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (I will post links to exactly which accounts she will be posting from once we’ve decided them). I’m very happy that this will be Amy’s first experience of crewing for a marathon swim and I hope that she will see for herself how beautiful our sport is.
Once we are all together in Rio (which will be this Friday, all going well) and have our plan of action finalised, I will share all of the details of how you can keep track of the swim (and might even be able to give an indication of the actual start day and time). It’s getting real now!