Three months until I dive into the Atlantic and things have really picked up! I’m now negotiating book and film rights for the trip. The publicity from last week is still on going and is going increasingly global! There’s heaps of good natured banter going on on forums all over the internet (my personal favourite was the guy who listed the top ten ways I was going to die-heart warming stuff!).
We’re still looking for one or two more sponsors but things are looking good. We’re also about 30schools short of the 300 target! We’re looking for 100 UK schools, 100 schools from on my route and 100 schools from round the world so if you know any teachers then put them in touch: email@example.com
I’m 90% certain that I’m going to change the swim route from starting in New York to Nova Scotia which will take nearly 900miles of the swim-this will be a great pressure reliever! It does mean I’ll be starting in even colder waters though!
I’m interviewing a couple of guys for the Captain and First Mate roles on the boat-sadly my mate Guy Ellis had to pull out of the trip. Then after that I’m heading down to the festival of all things triathlon, cycling and running that is TCR10 (http://www.tcrshow.com/) I’ll be going to a few talks and wandering around so please come and have a chat if you see me!
Three months is going to fly by! I’ve got two more months of heavy training and then a month of 4-6hours swims in cold water to acclimatise before flying out to the States on the 2nd May!
At the heart of this journey are the core values of Education, Environment and Expedition. The most important of these is Education.
I need teachers, I need schools!
I’m looking to find 100 schools in the UK, 100 schools from on my route and 100 schools from round the world. The plan is to broadcast live (or nearly live!) into assemblies from various points on my trip ranging from the Atlantic to Alaska and from Siberia to New York.
I think kids seeing this kind of trip first hand will be a great inspiration for them and also an excellent vehicle for highlighting first hand some of the most pressing environmental issues in the world today including climate change, ocean pollution, over fishing and urban over population.
If you think you could help please get in touch at: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Thursday 3rd April 2008 I set foot (wheel) on the African continent for the second time. I have a love hate relationship with the place. I love being there but hate the constant hassle. I love that it so alive and rich but hate that I’m an outsider.
Over the next few weeks I’m going to put up some posts on more specific parts of the trip but this is a short overview of how everything is right now:
Training: Training is going well and happy with where my swimming technique is at. I’m not doing any training for the cycle and run legs due to the amount of time I’m going to be spending at sea-any training would be lost. I’ve trained in the English Channel, Jersey, Ireland, the North Sea and Tenerife in all different kinds of conditions and am now feeling pretty comfortable in even quite big swells. Unfortunately I’m having to spend more and more time searching for sponsorship so my fitness is suffering slightly.
Sponsorship: I’ve had quite a few low level amounts of sponsorship come in and had a few really good leads with bigger, title sponsors. These next two months are vital though.
Logistics: Recently I’ve found the ideal ship to support me while I’m swimming the Atlantic. She’s an expedition ship called Ice Maiden, she sleeps ten and can hold all the food and fuel we’ll need for the 3-4month crossing. My route planning is going well for the cycle and run with most of it set in stone now. The Bering Straits is still a huge stumbling block but I’m working on various ways of crossing it.
Press and PR: On this front the journey is really starting from now. This site will provide a great home for anyone looking for information but it’s going to be key to really get the trip out there in the public consciousness. This is a huge trip with a huge heart and I feel the story needs spreading.