bits and pieces from me today………
These are the worst affected part of my body in terms of pain/discomfort,
especially my right hand. As our hands are gripping an oar for 12 hours a day
they become like claws and sometimes even straightening individual fingers is
painful. In our time off we’re using stress balls as much as possible to try and
increase the range of movement. As expected the skin has really hardened but
there isn’t significant blistering which has surprised me. I’m trying to use a
combination of gym gloves, Kakadu gloves and no gloves rather than just doing
the same for every shift and maybe this is helping.
See attached photo……………….I’m joking but we have been taking pictures so
we can monitor developments! Although I clearly have a nappy rash the Granuflex
(bum plasters) have really helped me. I’ve been sent blogs from other teams who
are in the race and they are really suffering and there can’t be anything worse
at this stage as it is only going to get worse.
A few blisters on the top of a few toes but thankfully no major problems
at all. I’ve not rowed bare feet yet and don’t intend to as the Sharx shoes are
doing the job.
My right hand side of my body seems to have caught a few rays but the
left is somewhat behind. The sun rises in front of us and then loops over our
right shoulder and sets directly behind us burning a big hole in our back. When
we get to Antigua I’ll have to make sure all photos are from one
I still feel very determined and positive especially since we’ve come off
the para anchor. In total we have spent 6 days stuck inside a cabin getting no
closer to Antigua and this is really frustrating but has to be expected for the
nature of this type of event. For the last year or so I’ve been having constant
I be able to mentally cope doing this?
my lack of rowing and sea experience would be my downfall?
rowing an ocean beyond me?
kept telling myself that if all the previous successful ocean rowers can do it,
then so can I. To my knowledge none of them had anything different from me and
now we’re 34 days into the crossing I feel I (and hopefully Rich) can complete
the crossing in a positive state of mind. Every time something pisses me off – I
make myself smile and this works for me every time.
may recall from one of my very first blogs about the process of when one of us
is rowing and the other is in the cabin and we give each other a
10 minute warning when the other one is due on shift. At night, this warning
consists of a few heavy knocks on the cabin door. I always say "thanks mate" or
"cheers Rich" although I’m actually thinking "would you please just f*ck off”.
Well, last night I got them the wrong way round and I thought I whispered it!
Even more annoying is when you wake up an hour early (after thinking you’re had
the warning) put your clothes on etc and then open the blind for the other
person to say – “You’re an hour early mate”. We’ve both done it now!
must dash – hull to clean and we have some 3ft blue fin tuna (we think) swimming
with us so I’m going to try and take some underwater pictures. After that is my weekly ”full wash” and
hopefully I won’t fall in the water after this one! What I would do for a power
shower right now and I will never complain about the smelly, often broken
showers at IMG again!
of the day goes to my old buddy old pal Nelson……….
is like bridge. If you don’t have a good partner, you better have a good
row must go on – Antigua here we come.