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Preparation for a 10 hour swim…

Alarm clock set to 4 a.m.
2 home-made Solo Bars (560 calories each),
1 ham sandwich,
4 chicken sandwiches,
1 flask of Tomato & pasta soup,
1 flask of coffee,
1.5 litre home-made smoothie,
1/2 litre milk,
4 litres of isotonic drink,
500gr. of grapes,
1 banana,
1 packet recovery drink,
1 small slice of fruit cake,
2 small chocolate bars,
1 packet dextrose,
3 Kendall Mint Cakes,
Ibuprofen,
Peppermint oil capsules (in case of cramps),
2 pairs of goggles,
2 pairs of togs,
2 swim hats,
2 nose clips,
Lanolin, Vaseline & Channel grease,

4 hours sleep.

Oh damn.

Finally a tasty alternative to porridge

Ok, this is thanks to the Hive Mind – food for breakfast, endurance sport or the Channel. I’m going to use this on our next long swim.

  • One cup of porridge oats (not pinhead)
  • 2 tablespoons each of honey and peanut butter
  • You can also add sultanas or raisins
  • Mix the peanut butter and honey to a paste
  • Add the oats and mix
  • Leave in the bowl or use greaseproof paper to make a bar
  • Place in freezer for 5 minutes (just to firm up)

It’s god-dammed delicious, even if like me you find honey too sweet. It’s also about 560 calories! Yes I guess it’s essentially a kind of flapjack. (Hopefully the dog who has been clearing my porridge bowls can lose a bit of weight now).

Calories

For me, a 3 hour 40 minute swim, consumes close to 3,500 calories. I think the standard rate quoted for swimming is about 830 per hour for “moderate” swimming. I consume about 900 per hour with slightly higher intensity. For longer swims like this morning, obviously, speed is fairly constant, (except I increase it for the last 10 minutes).

Thoughts on feeding for the 8 hour swim

So I consumed the full 2 litres fruit smoothie and maybe another 2 ½ litres of isotonic. I also ate two bananas and a few handfuls of grapes during breaks. My liquid intake looks a bit low, but I think that’s kind of normal for me as well. Certainly for the first three hours I felt bloated from the carb. loading. Later on I would have loved some solid food (other than fruit). But that’s one of the swimmer’s dilemmas. What you can eat while swimming is a tiny subset of your normal diet. Some of the guys went for cold pasta as sold food during the break, but I can’t stand cold pasta, another limiting factor.

If only we could find a way of making a waterproof sandwich! All told though, the fruit smoothie worked from an energy and liquid point of view. Of course, there were, shall we say, repercussions, from 8 hours of a liquid fruit diet and two hour drive home. :-[