Ross Edgley swum for six hours or more for 157 days straight to circumnavigate Great Britain.
At 2884 kilometres, it’s about the same distance from London to Moscow.
So yeah. A very long way.
Edgley battled against storms, jellyfish stings, a raw wound caused by severe chafing from his wetsuit and uh, a disintegrating tongue. But he kept going.
In an interview with The Guardian, Edgley said he realised something was wrong with his tongue when he woke up with chunks of it on his pillow.
The flesh was translucent, but otherwise a lot like beef stroganoff or slow-cooked pork. “It’s that tender, you’re just pulling strips off,” he said. “You could see the tastebuds on it, it was that thick.”
Marathon swimmers call it salt mouth – the effect of salt build up on he tongue and in the mouth and throat.
Edgley’s was at its worst as he passed Dungeness off the coast of Kent in early June, about 85 hours of swimming after setting out on his journey from Margate harbour.
“Even a week in, it went from being a swim as most people consider it, as a sport, to being a survival exercise,” he said.
His survival exercise involved swimming for six hours, sometimes more, each day on no more than six hours of sleep.
All his spare time was spent sleeping or eating. Edgley ate 15,000 calories a day – devouring 649 bananas throughout the journey.
While swimming he would eat one every 20 minutes, and occasionally stop for porridge or noodles. Between swims he ate (very large) breakfasts, lunches and dinners: A full day’s meals every 12 hours.