Turns out the answer to that question, is pretty flipping hard! I had completed lots of long swims in preparation for my channel crossing and had never really experienced seasickness. When you are swimming in daylight, no matter how choppy the water gets, you always have the land as a fixed point of reference – in the dark, however, you don't see the land, all you see is a little green light on the side of the boat moving up and down. Suffice to say I spent most of my 10 hour 56 minute swim feeling very sick (although not as sick as some of my boat crew). On the plus side not being able to see land meant I didn't spend the entire swim thinking I was never getting away from Dover or any closer to Calais.
Finally, after what felt like an eternity, the boat shone its lights and I could see land. It was such an incredible feeling, but I knew I still had a long way to go to the finish. I kept thinking to myself, 'to get through this, you can't have any high highs or low lows, consistency in strength, speed and mind are going to get you there’. This is a mantra that I was to repeat to myself many times throughout the five days.
I got back on the boat and we headed for port control. Unfortunately, there is no way of showing your passport in the middle of the Channel when you get into French waters! I put on my warm clothing (my Ascent Jacket, Nexus Pull-On and Power Stretch Pro Pants - the best combination ever, proving it’s not just built for mountains!) had some food and promptly fell asleep.