(WordPress somehow chewed the original of this post, which had followed the Socrates quote, so below is a quick and lazy rewrite).
Last Friday we (2010 Channel aspirants) met for a 10 hour pool swim.
I had only approximately 4 hours sleep the previous night and was feeling tired but expecting the worst after the few previous swims, which had started poorly. And indeed I did feel tired for the first few hours, but certainly not with the same level of discomfort or even pain of the previous two long swims.
Coach Eilís set a steadier pace for us this time, with very short breaks and we were all doing well by the six hour food break. More feeding strategies were tried, I again went with chicken sandwiches but this time with added coffee and tomato & pasta soup for the main food break.
Consequently the two hours after the food, everyone suffered, feeling very uncomfortable, heavy and bloated. But we all prevailed and made it to just under 9 hours, when we abandoned the pool for a half hour sea swim to ease out the muscles, bringing the total to just under nine and half hours, short of the ten hours, but to be honest, this was only due to available time, rather than capability.
The effects of training are obvious on everyone, with us all looking much better after the swim. We finished with 400 I.M. by the way, you know, just for the hell of it!
- HOWTO: Important factors in marathon swim feeding (loneswimmer.com)
- Swimming through it – the value of long pool sessions (loneswimmer.com)
- Swimming through it – the value of long pool sessions (aspiremanxminkes.wordpress.com)
- Guest post. Jennifer Lane’s 12 hour overnight swim report: Hydro Nervosis (loneswimmer.com)