To the nonathlete, even a five-mile run or swim seems crazy. But here is a guy who can make even ultramarathoners look sane.
Jamie Patrick, a die-hard swimmer and owner of Patrick & Co. in San Francisco, is planning to swim 240 miles nonstop -- that's about 60 hours -- across the Sacramento River. Call him obsessed (his wife does) -- the 40-year-old says he is doing it because he feels like it. How very Forrest Gump of him.
But if he does complete this risky swim, then he will break the Guinness world record. The longest recorded swim is 50 hours.
"I got chlorine on the brain," Patrick tells SF Weekly.
Patrick will plunge into the freezing water at Redding at 3 a.m. on Aug. 18. He will swim continuously until he reaches downtown Sacramento, not sleeping and only briefly stopping to eat.
And even then he will be taking his meals while treading water, which will he acknowledges will be one of the more challenging parts of the entire swim.