It's just two days left before the 7.2km Vista Nova Robben Island to Cape Town swim and I'm resting. The weather is good for the moment, though storms are predicted for tomorrow. After a practice swim on Sunday when water temperature was a lovely 14C, we're hoping for the same on Friday. If conditions do get stormy, we may have to postpone the swim until Saturday.
I've been doing a bit of last minute training at Newlands open air pool with trainer Gary - inventor of Gary's Finger Fins, a handy little device that you fit on your fingers to help correct your stroke. It's a 5am start to get there, but worth it to see the sun rise reflected on Table Mountain as I trawl up and down.
Otherwise, I've decided the approach to take with sharks is that information conquers fear. So I bought a book and learnt the following fascinating Great White facts:
- they have blue eyes
- female Great Whites are bigger than males
- they can reach speeds of up to 50km an hour
- they don't seem to like the taste of humans
- they can be playful
- it's best not to pee in the water as this attracts them.
Armed with this knowledge, I'm sure I'll be much happier in the middle of the ocean!
I'm off to meet my boat pilot tonight.