51-year-old Ben Lecomte has reached the 1,000 nautical mile mark in his bid to become the first person to swim across the Pacific Ocean.
The Frenchman, who became the first swimmer to swim across the Atlantic Ocean without a kickboard in 1998, set off on his new mission in June. Since leaving the shores of Japan, he has spent around eight hours a day in the water, averaging thirty miles in each session.
So far, the open water swimmer has encountered both physical and environmental challenges. These include bouts of seasickness, life-threatening typhoons, tropical storms, countless plastic pollution, predatory sharks and more.
A swim, cycle and marathon run all combined into one event; the ultimate test of endurance and mental strength. With the Ironman World Championships just around the corner, USA athlete Shannon Scovel gave us an exclusive insight into the world of Ironman and discussed her love of the sport and her preparation for the world championships.
The idyllic Hawaiian city of Kailua plays host to the 40th Ironman World Championships this year on the 13th of October. Athletes will swim, cycle and run their way around the picturesque setting facing high temperatures and strong winds. Labelled as ‘the most prestigious endurance race in the world’, Shannon is looking forward to taking part and is excited by “the thrill and honour of representing her country.”