Get Back Home | Ross Edgley’s Great British Swim E17

Get Back Home | Ross Edgley’s Great British Swim E17


when I heard the news my immediate reaction was to just bang a right and swim to shore and then run home so guys I wanted to start this week’s vlog a little bit different and that’s because I wanted to start it with a confession mainly because I always said when we started the whole Great British swim that I wanted to broadcast everything as openly as honestly as possible whether that’s salt tongue rhino net zombie feasts basically I got some bad news from life back on land from my friends and family and when I heard the news my immediate reaction was to just bang a right and swim to shore and then run home just so I could be with my friends and family was they they made me promise that I’m allowed to come home and be with everybody but I have to do it via Margate this idea of just being completely honest with yourself and other people is is really what this whole Scottish leg of the Great Britain has been about and that’s just because you know Scotland is this harsh and remote and unforgiving and you find that in complete exhaustion you’ll find the most honest version of yourself what I write and what I mean by that is you know when the media is there and the cameras on you or you leave market in everyone’s applauding it’s very easy to smile it’s very nice working with high elbows perfect technique in a breathing in and to the side by laterally and and it looks beautiful but in Scotland that’s not necessarily the case and you will breathe with your face contorted you know sping Ferrer you might not necessarily have perfect high elbows and an amazing leg kick because you’re swimming in 30 more girls so your technique is just hopefully but it’s honest and like I said I think in complete exhaustion you will find the most honest version of yourself it feels like the East Coast just isn’t letting us off without a fight so as we’re looking to to finally get back to England Scotland still has a few more lessons to teach me it feels like [Music] [Music] Oh so hold 12.2 miles in the bag okay just finished today swim and the swimming pools changed the swimming pool is a lot different than on the west coast of Scotland it’s different to any other area in Great Britain if I’m honest it’s crazy as soon as we came around John O’Groats got across the moor Firth everything became more industrial the water tasted different no not bad just different and then when you look up you see these huge ships and oil tankers and you kind of girl that’s why it tastes a little bit different the jellyfish haven’t even really ventured across the East Coast that’s that’s how funny it tastes this is e Scotland you know this is industrial it’s honest it’s hardworking and it kind of reflects the mindset at the moment of setting myself but the team let’s just get the job done let’s get to Margate and it’s kind of hard for me to explain I think mentally that’s that’s kind of what I’ve got to work on I’m finding and and it actually goes back to something I learned with the raw Marines and way back in strongman swimming when I tried to swim from st. Lucia to Martinique I visited the Royal Marines just to learn about this kind of mental fortitude and almost adversity training and I was lucky enough to sit down with Alexi who’s one of the psychologists there and Alexi said to me so for your swim the process is each stroke and the outcome is getting to the end but to get to the end you need to concentrate on the process you just have to focus on the process you know put one arm in front of the other as efficiently as possible and don’t think about the outcome margate will be inevitable the outcome as long as I keep doing the process [Music] [Music] just finishing up a nice swim and that one that one was particularly hard that was that was not pleasant England looking a little bit close now but we’re still in Scotland and it was just a reminder that you know winter’s coming winter’s coming and you in Scotland Matt said it best today’s swim was just surgical it was just in like clockwork swim feed swim feed done and that’s how it’s gonna be now and until the finish however having said all of that there are two things that I’ll stop a swim for number one a giant colony of seals today we went past one of the largest colonies of seals in Scotland and it was amazing it just doesn’t get boring they were all just popping their heads up trying to figure me out you know coming a little bit closer and then as I started to swim you know past them and one road seal just starts playing with my boy I had the pink boy out today and they just thought it was hilarious there there – eeeh – boy and then I realized unbeknown to me I was locked in an epic game of hide-and-seek with a seal and losing as well I eventually caught him though kind of kicked him accidentally and I thought that’s a big jellyfish and then I looked under the water and he was kind of not nuzzling and not wrestling it was something in between but he was doing something’s in my leg it may have been mating season I don’t know a number two is an amazing sunrise and I said this were over 100 days in now and an amazing sunrise or sunset just doesn’t get boring you know I still stop and I’ll just be eating a banana and I’ll just watch you know the Sun come up and just really appreciate there it’s a privilege right now – to be in this situation swimming you know across the east coast of Scotland in the North Sea and I get to see a sunrise like not many people would get to see it and that’s why seals and sunrises are a privilege they’re not a hardship just before everybody get some much-needed rest this is the time when me and Matt catch up and and that basically tells me passage plans look at tides and currents and waves and really tells me what I’m dealing with for the next swim and the next tide but matt has just brought up a few maps of Great Britain which for me really brings home how the whole great brief swim was was just on such a knife-edge the west coast of Scotland right now on the top he’s just getting absolutely hammered by you know storms like 50 knot winds and it just supposed to show there if we hadn’t swung every single night swim you know and clawed for every single hard cold dark mile we could still be there right now and if we were there you know Matt was saying we wouldn’t be moving we would just be hiding in a harbor somewhere waiting for the storm to pass and still a long way to go but looking at this you know we stand a chance that’s it for this week guys as I said it’s been mixed emotions so you know thanks for bearing with me it’s been a little bit less smiling and swimming and a little bit more a desire just to get you know back home via Margate and as me and Matt can just about make out the English border on the horizon tide changes in six hours and we’re gonna be swimming and swimming hard for that border as always know you can track the progress on the red bull tracker which is red bull topcoat UK / great Brits whim and fingers crossed touchwood I’ll be speaking to you next week from England

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