Source and Author: Lewis Pugh.
I’m standing on a desolate beach on the Isle of Lewis. The sea is steely grey. My feet are freezing on the sand and the wind is so strong I have to shout to be heard by my training partner Max, standing just a meter away.
The sea quickly finds you out if you haven’t done your training. Train in miserable conditions; it will save you on the day.
The Outer Hebrides is beautiful, but its conditions are often appalling, which is just what I need right now. The water temperature has hovered between 6°C and 7°C – any colder than that and it’s difficult to stay in for protracted periods. That part will come in just under two weeks, when I head down to Antarctica.