Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, swam across the Atlantic Ocean in record time. The 38-year-old mentioned that he wanted to challenge himself and achieve something no one else had ever done. He trained for months, both mentally and physically, to prepare for this feat.
Starting from New York and ending in London, Phelps covered a distance of about 5,600 kilometers in just 10 days. He encountered numerous difficulties and dangers along the way, including sharks, storms, waves, currents, fatigue, hunger, thirst, and loneliness. He expressed pride in his accomplishment and dedicated it to his family and fans.
Phelps also revealed he utilized specialized equipment and techniques to aid his swim. Wearing a waterproof suit for warmth and protection against sunburns and jellyfish stings, he sported goggles equipped with a GPS tracker and a camera to document his journey. Carrying a backpack containing a water filter, solar charger, satellite phone, and snacks, he had a small boat follow him at a safe distance, providing medical assistance and emergency supplies.
Phelps also shared some secret strategies that enhanced his speed and endurance. He mentioned consuming a special energy drink containing caffeine, electrolytes, and shark blood. He also ate seaweed and caught fish, providing additional protein and vitamins. Motivational music and podcasts played through his waterproof earphones helped him stay focused and entertained.
Phelps enjoyed the diverse scenery and encountered wildlife throughout his swim, from dolphins, whales, and turtles to seals and various fish species. He interacted with friendly fishermen and sailors who cheered him on and offered sustenance. Witnessing breathtaking sunrises, sunsets, stars, and moonlight, he found solace in the beauty of nature.
Upon arriving in London, Phelps was greeted by a massive crowd of fans and the media. Overwhelmed by the warm welcome and congratulations, his accomplishment was widely celebrated.
Phelps plans to pen a book and create a documentary about his Atlantic Ocean swim. Considering future challenges such as crossing the Pacific Ocean or circumnavigating the globe, he aspires to inspire more individuals to pursue their dreams and passions.