Man vs ocean adam walker

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Man vs Ocean - A toaster salesman who sets out to swim the worlds deadliest oceans and change his life forever by Adam Walker

Adam Walker is not your everyday record-breaking sportsman. He took on arguably the toughest extreme sport on the planet - to swim non-stop across seven of the world’s deadliest oceans wearing only swim trunks, cap and goggles. It is not a test for the faint-hearted: swimmers face freezing temperatures, huge swells and treacherous currents, potentially deadly marine life (from sharks to Portuguese men o’ war), vomiting and burning off a week’s calories in a single swim.

In 2007, Adam, then a toaster salesman, saw a fi lm about a man attempting to swim the English Channel and change his life in doing so. Inspired by this, he decided to try to emulate the feat. After a year of rigorous training without a coach - his first open-water swim was in 9 degrees and he nearly died from hypothermia - Adam achieved his goal in 11 hours 35 minutes, despite a ruptured bicep tendon leading to medical advice to give up long-distance swimming. In 2011, after two operations and a change to his swimming style to take pressure off his injured shoulder, he became the first Briton to achieve a two-way crossing from Spain to Morocco and back. In the process, he broke the British record one way.

Shortly afterwards, the Ocean’s Seven challenge was born, a gruelling equivalent to the Seven Summits mountaineering challenge. At fi rst it seemed that injury would prevent Adam from participating but, ignoring medical advice, he developed an innovative technique - the Ocean Walker stroke - that would enable him to continue with the ultimate aim of completing this seemingly impossible feat. Whether man would triumph over ocean, or fail in the attempt, forms the core of this extraordinary autobiography.

Always intriguing, sometimes terrifying, and occasionally very funny, Adam’s story is about sport in its truest form: rather than competitions between teams and individuals, it is about man against nature - and against his own failings.

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‘Man vs Ocean’ by Adam Walker – book review

Adam Walker is not your everyday record-breaking sportsman. He took on arguably the toughest extreme sport on the planet - to swim non-stop across seven of the world's deadliest oceans wearing only swim trunks, cap and goggles. It is not a test for the faint-hearted: swimmers face freezing temperatures, huge swells and treacherous currents, potentially deadly marine life from sharks to Portuguese men o' war , vomiting and burning off a week's calories in a single swim. In , Adam, then a toaster salesman, saw a film about a man attempting to swim the English Channel and change his life in doing so. Inspired by this, he decided to try to emulate the feat. After a year of rigorous training without a coach - his first open-water swim was in 9 degrees and he nearly died from hypothermia - Adam achieved his goal in 11 hours 35 minutes, despite a ruptured bicep tendon leading to medical advice to give up long-distance swimming.

The first British swimmer to complete the Oceans Seven, Adam is now a swim coach and motivational speaker. What is perhaps less well known is the story behind how a toaster salesman from the Midlands came to take on and conquer the swimming equivalent of the Seven Summits mountaineering challenge. Man vs Ocean is as much a book about the power of positive thinking as it is about the actual swims exciting reading though they are. Heading towards his thirties with no particular goal in life, Adam was on a flight when watching the movie On a Clear Day gave him the inspiration to swim the English Channel. He had always been a swimmer but had given up the sport to play cricket. Injured knees meant a return to the water, but now he had a goal to aim for and something to train for. But they are mental tricks that everyone can apply to their lives, not just to swimming.

One of the many battles in marathon swimming is the mind-set. Yet Adam flips mental state this around — he finds every reason possible to keep swimming. I must try harder. I have written before about how I personally got back into swimming again after 13 or 14 years out of the sport — see my previous blog on this — which happened by complete accident, after an incidental conversation with friends of my parents. Like Adam, swimming has definitely given me a purpose and direction in life again too. Whilst being a swimmer may enhance your enjoyment of the book, I sincerely believe that most people can take something from it, swimmer or otherwise.

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3 thoughts on “Man vs Ocean - A toaster salesman who sets out to swim the worlds deadliest oceans and change his life forever by Adam Walker

  1. Adam Walker is not your everyday record-breaking sportsman. He took on arguably the toughest extreme sport on the planet - to swim non-stop across seven of.

  2. Adam Walker is not your everyday record-breaking sportsman. He took on arguably the toughest extreme sport on the planet—to swim non-stop across seven of.

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