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Monday, June 3, 2013
Anna Wardley, Heading Around Jersey By Way Of Singapore
But in her quest to complete these circumnavigations, she has thrown herself for another loop.
Even with the water around Jersey a cool 11.6ºC (52.8ºF), Wardley has what it takes to complete the circumnavigation given her training and background.
But she is currently training in Singapore where the water is a much more uncomfortable 31ºC (87.8ºF). While she is putting in the requisite distance in her pool and sea workouts, the warmer waters in Singapore are putting a serious dent into her cold-water acclimatization process.
"I'm working out in Singapore where the sea temperature is 31ºC. I'm only going to have 9 days back in the UK to acclimatise for my swim around Jersey at the end of the month. I never thought I'd be craving colder water but it's definitely too hot to train here especially as they don't allow you to put a bottle on the poolside to keep hydrated, and they throw you out of the pool every time it rains."
But she will put in a good 9 days back home and then head off to Jersey in June, then attempt a 30-mile Hebridean Tiree, and a 60-miler around the Isle of Wight in September. A few weeks ago, as part of her training, she earned a €300 prize for completing the first non-wetsuit swim of the 17-mile crossing from the island of Cabrera to Mallorca.
With 2 of her challenges down, Wardley's Five Islands Challenge is now building up in difficulty. Follow her here.
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