MUSKEGON, MI – The preparation for one of the most challenging experiences of Bryce Carlson’s life continues.
In preparation for a quest to cross the Atlantic Ocean, Carlson, 36, rowed across Lake Michigan from Milwaukee to Muskegon earlier this week. He rowed nearly nonstop for 26 hours and covered 84.5 miles in distance.
“It went well,” Carlson said a couple days after completing the Lake Michigan crossing. “I’m very much still in recovery mode.”
The row was a part of the training process the Muskegon native is doing to prepare for a 2,000-mile row across the Atlantic Ocean in 2018.
During the training session, Carlson battled winds that originally came from the west but through the night came stronger from the northwest, causing residual waves that attacked the boat from all angles.
Along with the waves and wind, Carlson said he faced indigestion after experimenting with different food combinations during the trek. He was forced to retreat to his cabin and allow his body to recover after eating salmon and a bagel and drinking a soft drink that left him feeling nauseous and exhausted.
Despite the setbacks, Carlson pulled off the voyage thanks to his experience as a marathon runner and rower for more than 15 years.
“There was never a time where I thought I wasn’t going to make it,” he said. “My body held up better than I was expecting.”
Carlson said waves were as high as 1-3 feet at various times throughout the row.
Carlson said he plans to use a different rowing strategy when he tackles the ocean. Carlson said he plans to row 12-15 hours per day in order to allow his body to rest.
Sleeping will cause a challenge for Carlson during the oceana journey, he said. Depending on winds and the speed the boat is traveling, Carlson may be knocked off track, forcing him to decide on when and how long to sleep.