Courtesy of GQ Magazine.

Ross Edgley is tough. Ross Edgley is strong. Ross Edgley is an extreme adventurer, writer, nutritionist, fitness expert, and a former international water polo player.

Last year, he completed an Olympic-distance triathlon carrying a 100 lb. tree as a charity event which was called the World’s First Tree-athlon.

With help and egging on by his Olympic swimming colleagues, Keri-Anne Payne and David Carry, Edgley decided to carry on his charitable endurance events by attempting a series of marathon swims while dragging a 100 lb. tree.

His modified boat-pull aquatic stunt is not gimmick as he has selected four pretty formidable swims:

* Swim #1: 10 km Great Swim in Windermere, England on June 10th
* Swim #2: 15 km Great Swim in Newham, London on July 1st
* Swim #3: 20 km Great Swim in Loch Lomond, Scotland on August 26th
* Swim #4: 40 km from Martinique to Saint Lucia in the Caribbean Sea on November 12th

Edgley described his log-pulling feat to GQ Magazine, “The final swim could take anywhere between 12 to 24 hours, but with so many variables it’s hard to know. I will have a giant tree attached to my trunks. Drag of the log and lack of swimming efficiency means I burn calories at a far greater rate than swimming normally.

What this means is as I prepare for the [fourth] swim, I need to be completing 15-hour swimming sessions (with a tree) [and up to 100,000 meters per week] as standard. All to build whale-like endurance, strength and stamina.”

For a former world class water polo player and based on Ross’ physical abilities and endurance experience, the first two swims of 10 km and 15 km seem reasonably difficult, but certainly doable,” commented Steven Munatones. “But dragging a log in the cold water of Loch Lomond for 20 km and the same log for 40 km in extremely salty, probably turbulent and warm water of the Caribbean will be extraordinarily tough. Those are going to be two very supreme challenges.

For more information about Edgley, visit here.

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