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jayski




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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:17 pm    Post subject: Nutrition for swimming Reply with quote

Is there anything specific for this?
What, if anything, do you use?

I am training for longer distance open water stuff and am finding my feet and calves are cramping - plus I'm getting very fatigued and wondered if I should try anything different than my usual food to try and help?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've done some longish ow swims (up to 14km) and don't do anything specific, mainly gels. Don't go for anything too heavy or highly flavoured, I tend to burp things up when swimming (especially bananas for some reason).

Cramps I find are mainly due to holding the feet/calfs in a streamlined position for an extended period, so I try to remember to flex them every 20-30mins. If I do feel a cramp about to start, I flop my ankles about a bit and can normally stop it from getting to a full on cramp.

I've got the Long Reach (9km) on Sunday and will just use whatever is on the feedstations, jelly babies and jaffa cakes work well and will also pack a couple of gels in my towfloat.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1 for gels and ankle flexing.

Avoid any run/bike before the session/race.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Energy drink
Gels
Nuun if you need electrolyte
Carrot cake
Cheese sarnie
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jayski




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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers all, I can certainly buy into the cheese sarnie and carrot cake strategy!

I am also wondering how you carry a drink with you...if indeed you do. I've seen floats that you can pull with you, anyone used one? I think they'd just annoy me.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a towfloat that can take a small amount of cargo (I've fitted 2 pairs of shoes in it) barely notice it when swimming, sometimes brushes my calf, but I don't kick much so maybe be more noticeable if you have big kick. Haven't tried taking a drink with me. In training I'm doing 1km loops in a lake so have access to shore for a drink every 1km or doing organised events that have aid stations.

Some organised events (such as the Long Reach) now require them for visibility.
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