Today, a world-record Texas swimmer will announce plans to take on a feat few have tried and none have accomplished. If he succeeds, French-born Ben Lecompte of Round Rock would become the first human to swim all the way across the Pacific Ocean without a kick board. It’s a feat he’s dubbed The Longest Swim.
He’ll bring along advice from nutritionist Molly Bray, UT-Austin Department of Nutritional Sciences chair, to help him stay healthy on the trip.
What you’ll hear in this segment:
-How he’ll do it and how long it make take (hint: it’s longer than summer break).
-What he’ll do to combat the monotony of swimming eight or more hours a day.
-Why he’s using swimming to call attention to how we abuse our oceans.
-What’s he afraid of and how he copes with those fears.
-What he’ll eat and how UT nutrition science students are helping Lecomte accomplish this feat.