Since I was very young I felt attracted to the sea, its majesty, its infinity, its voice, its calm and turbulence, its magic. Therefore, since I was small, anyplace where I was taken where I could be in contact with the sea, it didn’t take me long to jump in and swim, and swim, and keep swimming. These were moments of total happiness. Since those days for me swimming is a bliss. Years passed and in 1991, the first event organized by Club Mundet took place, it was titled “El Reto” because it’s not a competition it’s a challenge that the swimmer decides to impose on himself, an affair between the swimmer and the sea. That was when I swam my first “open waters” and since then I have accomplished it year after year, except one, which I couldn’t attend for personal reasons. Year after year I have been preparing myself, and 2 years ago I aspired to cross the Mancha Canal, and my desire was born to obtain the “Triple Crown”.
For my first attempt to cross the Mancha Canal I spent two years and a half training. With this training, last year, I undertook my personal voyage to cross, however, luck wasn’t on my side. My window to cross “opened” form the 17th to the 24th of august, but the climatological conditions that persisted those days stopped me from trying my swim. Still, I was determined to accomplish my goal, so even after my window was gone y decided to wait for an opportunity. It was until September 3rd at 3:15 am, time at Dover, England, when I found the chance to start my crossing. I swam for more than 15 hours, with an average temperature of 15°, and I traveled a distance of 32.18 kilometers, never the less the wind (which was blowing faster tan 50 kmph -27 knots -), the tides and the waves bigger tan 3 meters tall made me change my course, taking me to the Atlantic Ocean, so the captain of my escort ship decided to cancel my swim being only 15% away from my goal. It was then that they took me onboard and I was auscaulted by the onboard doctor, who, satisfyingly enough, told me I could have swam for several more hours.
All these experiences took me to aim my efforts to obtain the “Triple Crown” and now I’m working at it.