So which body of water will I try to conquer next? A 240 mile, non-stop swim down the Sacramento river in 2011. This journey will be the longest river swim in history, with an estimated 60 plus hours needed to complete the journey. I will go two nights without sleep, eating and drinking from special buoy's placed along the swim route. My support crew of 15, including Steven Munatones, the former USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Team Coach, will help guide him down river and be a lifeline in case of trouble.
How do I get ready? With the help of some sponsors and a lot of hard work!
During my peak training periods, I'll swim up to 100,000 yards per week. Pushing my body to its limits while commuting to the local YMCA is not always possible, so I often rely on my Endless Pool that lets me swim for hours on end without flip-turns, just like I would in open water swimming. While training for my next swim, I'll spend over 20 hours a week in that pool. Training aids (like the Endless Pool) have helped me in many ways. With the use of special underwater mirrors and cameras, I am able to isolate small imperfections in my stroke, all in real-time without the use of a coach. Self correcting and becoming more efficient in the water could mean the difference between finishing or being dragged from the water by a rescue boat. I fight off boredom on ultra swims by using the Finis SwiMP3.