Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Amazon Swim

Have you heard about this? I've been following Guinness-record-holder marathon-swimmer Martin Strel of Slovenia as he swims the length of the Amazon River. Yup, that's a long way...3,375 miles, all in 70 days. He's been at it more than a month and is about half-way done. He swims for about 12 hours a day, between 85-100 km. In the last few days, he's had to swim past a giant dead crocodile and avoid an angry jaguar. He's been followed by a pink dolphin, is enduring ever-worsening and -spreading open sores from his wetsuit, and the camp and boat have been plagued with fire ants.

"As a young boy, I was beaten a lot by my parents and schoolmasters. This no doubt contributed greatly to my ability to ignore pain and endure..."


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