Brief lessons from marathon swimming – I – Never eat a curry the night before a long swim

There’s a discussion thread on the marathonswimmers.org forum called Tips and Tricks and I’ve been writing my How To articles for a few years. But here’s a list of brief random items I’ve learned that I threw together, which  individually are too short for articles (right now anyway, who knows what’ll be possible mid-winter when I’m out of ideas). I’m pretty certain every other swimmer would have their own additions.  More to come in the next article.

  • Never eat a curry the night before a marathon swim. No details are necessary.
  • It’s always all about the weather.

 

  • And the waiting. Never forget the waiting.
  • You can always pick a marathon swimmer out of a crowd based purely on their facial tan.
  • Never eat a banana on a boat in rough weather.
  • Seagulls are evil bastards. Their mimic all the things of most importance to marathon swimmers, such as other swimmers, boats, kayakers, dolphins and lighthouses, just to piss you off. If this is insufficient, some of them will try to vomit or crap directly on you.
  • Nothing is predictable in open water and marathon swimming.
  • You never feel as physically dirty as you do after a marathon swim. You never enjoy any shower as much as the subsequent cleansing.
  • When in doubt, add more food.
  • A bad or tough swim is more personally rewarding than a good or fast swim.
  • Classic elegance

    I wouldn’t swap it for anything

  • While in the long-term sleep is essential, in the short-term it’s less vital that you’d imagine.
  • There are people I’ve spent many hours with, whom I wouldn’t recognise without a swim cap and goggles. And visa versa.
  • Don’t believe that all the ones who do the most marathon swims are necessarily better. They sometimes just have more money. Like everything else in life.
  • Never go out on a boat without foul weather gear, regardless of forecast.
  • Just because you are paying someone two and a half grand for a  day’s work, doesn’t mean they will treat you with respect.
  • No pilot is God, nor are pilots all of equal ability.
  • There’s more than one way of feeding, and more than one type of food.

 

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