Sunday, January 22, 2017
My training for my upcoming Molokai swim in May is going very well. I'm swimming a minimum of five days a week, weight training three days per week, and cross training four days per week. I am very fortunate to have an experienced crew...David and Jeannie Gallant, and Bill and Jean Gallant. We will review all logistics of my swim including the use of a Shark Shield. It will be the very first time that I will have a Shark Shield attached to a kayak during an Oceans Seven swim. Due to aggressive sharks in Hawaii, my boat pilot requires his swimmers to have two Shark Shields. This device will emit a harmless electronic field that will be sensitive to shark receptors. Because the battery life lasts only 5-6 hours, I will have a spare Shark Shield charging on the boat. I expect my swim to take 18+ hours to complete. After five hours, a recharged Shark Shield will be exchanged on the kayak. It will be my crew's responsibility to make sure that the battery has been turned on and working properly. My boat pilot will be navigating a couple of hundred feet ahead of the kayak. I will swim along side the kayak to stay within the range of the electronic field. My swim will start late in the day from Molokai Island and I will swim into the night. My boat pilot wants a daytime finish on Oahu due to safety reasons (boat has to navigate near rocks). If we encounter an aggressive shark, my swim will stop and I will be removed from the water. Safety is always the number one priority. At this point, my biggest concern is motion sickness during my Molokai swim. I have chronic issues with nausea and vomiting during marathon swims. I will be wearing a scopolomine patch to help reduce seasickness. Also, I will be taking an anti-nausea pill every six hours to help settle my stomach. I am looking forward to this 28 mile swim.......it will be another wonderful adventure.