Days 18 & 19 – dehydrated, sick, rowing against the wind but still thankful

25 February 2013

I've pushed myself too hard as the weather turned against me and now I am de-hydrated from bad vomiting and lying down in 36 degrees, trying to take in more liquid with electrolytes as I can't hold any food down. The wind is light, but has been against me since yesterday and I have deployed my para – anchor which is keeping me from drifting backwards whilst I recover. So, a hold load of things happening here. It is now too hot to row, so I'm hoping I will feel better when the sun dips a bit and try and have another go without vomiting again. Still, I managed to keep moving forwards and have achieved about 27 miles in the last 24 hours. The weather is going to be like this for the next week .....difficult and worrying......

That was yesterday's blog before I had to abort for another vomit. It's 24 hours hours on now and the last 48 hours have been hell. The problem is this. In endurance, mental strength is everything, but physical stamina is also so important. My body was pushed to the limit before I even hit the adverse conditions on Saturday, but the brain took over, pumped the body with big pain killers and off we went into the night without stopping. By 0600 Sunday, the body crashed, the brain got upset and all I could do was recover. It took another 24 hours to get the pain killers out of my system, stop vomiting, downing litres of electrolytes and finally I have just had my first solid food which is still inside me, since Saturday night. Lesson learned – Listen to your body, not your brain Pitcher! I must thank Professor Greg Whyte for being on the end of the line for professional advice, he has helped me train for this and he was there when I need him.

There is always a good side. The cruise ship I was wishing would drop by and pick me up, never did (I seriously thought about this!). Time always passes by and ..........I've saved on my tea bags as I haven't had a cuppa since Friday!!! After pulling in my para-anchor last night, the weather changed and I started rowing towards Barbados again and the wind has built and I'm drifting at 3 knots whilst finishing this blog.

Oh, I'm so glad the last two days are over. I never want to go there again. I always push myself and even though there is no one out here, I'm against the clock, so I'm still looking for every opportunity to gain a mile.

Again, so many people have sent messages of goodwill and you really don't know how important to me they really are. I've also been told that a good few people have made donations to the charities, with a special thanks to The Careys and Charlotte Sankey. To top that, I also hear that Jill Stringer and the Felsted Cubs have done a swim-athon to raise money for GOSH. I'm so tickled and thankful to you all. I hope it went well.

Someone asked if I go fishing? I do back home, but out here I don't need to as I have plenty of good food on board and I haven't actually got free time to fish, however a lovely BIG silver / blue fish about 1 meter long has been dancing behind the boat and he did look like good Sushi!