With a little help from my friends
By Felicity Inkpen
Swimming for such long distances and staying in the water for around 4 hours a day, the mind can wander. Andre disclosed what goes through his brain as he fights against the waves and the currents:
“Just keep swimming, just keep swimming... I keep an eye on the safety swimmers around me, I keep an eye on the waves. Usually I think about spotting jellyfish, or I have a game I play where I count each stroke that I swim and see how close that is to a metre per stroke, which gives me an idea of how fast I am going, compared to the distance on my watch: how efficiently I am swimming.”
And for Jon, was it something similar?
“Mostly when I’m swimming, I’m thinking about how to breathe without breathing in a chunk of salt water. You can sort of zone out, like you’re on a long walk on your own, and think of random stuff.”
Happy but tired, and really quite hungry, Jon hadn’t lost any enthusiasm for getting back in the water:
“I live in St Andrews, so I’ve got a nice swim from East Sands to West Sands, right on my doorstep, so I’ll be back in the sea soon."
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Felicity Inkpen is Andre's friend, a keen swimmer herself, and an artist and writer based in Edinburgh, UK.