As a “first timer” I have not only never been on a crew for a Lake Ontario, or any other, crossing, I have never even paid attention or thought about the sheer strength of will and mental fortitude that it takes to do a crossing. For me, all a Lake Ontario crossing used to be was a name, or maybe picture in the newspaper, quickly forgotten – but not anymore.
Being a part of this crew is absolutely fascinating. To spend a whole night just watching a blinking orange light seemingly trying desperately to catch up to the Catamaran is simply… surreal.
Just take a second to think about this. Madhu has now been swimming steadily for just about 8.5 hours. That is without rest, with liquid feedings every hour (no eggs and bacon for brekkie!), and with no wetsuit protecting him from the water. I know most of you would have trouble DRIVING for 8.5 hours straight with no rest – never mind swimming!
I have a whole new appreciation for not only Madhu, but for this sport and the people that participate in it. I have the deepest respect for the sacrifice of mind and body that one must have to make just to contemplate the challenge, never mind attack it full on without mercy.
I know you will read this later Madhu and I want to say to you – thank you. Thank you for allowing me to share a part of this journey with you. It truly is something that I will never forget – and after watching you thus far – never attempt myself