Swim Around Britain – level 3

13-06-2018 15:00

Extreme sportsman Ross Edgley is planning to swim all the way around Britain’s coastline without touching dry land once.

People estimate that the 2,700-kilometre swim will take him 100 days and he will burn 1 million calories. That in itself will be no easy task because as he explained the human body is simply not meant to be in the water for 100 days.

For example, you can develop something called ‘salt mouth’ which is when your tongue and throat swell up because of salt water exposure. For that reason, Ross will have to eat foods which can be liquefied like fruits, smoothies or protein shakes.

When he recently went for a 48-hour, non-stop swim, he managed to get trench foot, which is a condition when the surface tissue blackens and dies off. If all goes well, he will end this swim in London on the 8th of September.

Difficult words: estimate (think and make a guess), exposure (being exposed to something – in contact), liquefy (turn into liquid), tissue (the material which makes up the human/animal/plant body).

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