Feeling Small And Helpless In The Open Water

Feeling Small And Helpless In The Open Water

Massimo Voltolina is an Italian endurance athlete who has completed triathlons, the English Channel and other long-distance events.

He explains why marathon swimming is enticing to him, “It’s a way to get into deep contact with nature. When I am walking through the silence of the mountains I experience a special peace, when I swim in the ocean I feel small and helpless in the grip of an immensely powerful and unknown force and yet I am wholly at ease because there is this intimate contact with the sea.” Judging from videos from his unprecedented Progetto Adriatico, a 85K swim from Italy to Albania on September 4-5th, it is easy to imagine how a swimmer could feel small and helpless in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. The swim took him 23 hours and 44 minutes.



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