Fábio Breda Guirau Completes Travessia do Leme ao Pontal to Celebrate 40 years of Swimming
43-year-old Fábio Breda Guirau started swimming when he was an infant at the age of 3 years. As a celebration of his 40 years of swimming, he decided to fulfill his dream of completing the Travessia do Leme ao Pontal off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Adherbal de Oliveira reported his journey, “It was not easy to reconcile his work and family routine with the training sessions that were conducted under the guidance of his coach Samir Barel. Fábio Breda needed to wake up at 4 am in order to be in the pool before 5:30 am. This was his routine he led for more than six months of preparation.
Disciplined and dedicated, Fábio Breda completed all training sessions, becoming a reference for residents of the city of Osasco in São Paulo where he lives and works.
For the 36 km crossing, Fábio Breda had the support of his wife Adelita Batista Breda Guirau, his trainer Samir Barel, the Leme to Pontal Swimming Association observer Ricardo Patrick Lima Silva, and the escort boat Kamarada of commander Ronaldo Correa Ferreira.
The window reserved for Fábio Breda’s swim was not suitable for a swim from Leme to Pontal. The winds, despite being weak, were against him and there was a countercurrent of medium intensity. The choice of swimming for February 25th was decided by the swimmer who was aware of the unfavorable conditions.
As the intensities of the winds, waves and currents were weak, the safety of Fábio Breda and his team was not at risk, but possibly his swimming time would be longer than in favorable conditions.
Very confidently, Fábio Breda started Travessia do Leme ao Pontal at 1:15 am on February 25th on a night that was starry, light wind and crystal clear water with temperature of 26ºC.
Early on, Fábio Breda struggled to follow the route established by the escort boat during the night, but his team was very attentive and required quick corrections from Fábio Breda.
As predicted, with just three hours of swimming, Fábio Breda began to swim against the current. It took many hours of effort to overcome the opposite flow, which put a lot of strain on him. There were moments of concern for his support team that tried to keep him focused on the challenge.
With about 3 km to go during the most tense moment of the swim, Fábio Breda signaled that he could not swim anymore. He was in pain in his arms and very tired. Once again, the efforts of his Barel and his wife were instrumental in convincing him to continue towards Pontal.
Even though he made little progress, Fábio Breda continued on with the 36 km course from Leme to Pontal. After 13 hours 56 minutes, he completed the swim. When he reached the sands of Pontal beach, he was greeted by his team, swimmers, and local people as the 35th swimmer to complete the most beautiful and challenging crossing of Brazil.“
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