Swimmer Begins Record Japan-California Attempt

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Date: June 9th, 2018

Category: Nutty News

swimBen Lecomte has set off from Japan in an effort to swim to California, undaunted by sharks, low temperatures, fierce weather, a gigantic garbage patch—and the fact that nobody has even swum across the Pacific before.

But the 51-year-old French man has the right experience to attempt the record-breaking open-water swim: He completed the first solo swim across the Atlantic in 73 days in 1998, swearing “never again” when he reached land, the BBC reports.

This time, he says he has been practicing open-water swimming for hours every day to deal with the physical challenges, and “visualization and dissociation” to occupy his mind during the long hours of swimming.  More

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