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Looking Into Doing A 12hour Swim To Raise Funds?

Postby Kirkly » Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:02 pm

Well im an ex-competitive swimmer looking to do a 12hour swim at a local swimming pool to raise money that will help fund an expedition to Malawi next year to do charity work with a select amount of students from my school.

I would be most likely doing it with a friend or 2 and was just wondering like what food and drinks are ideal and when we should take breaks?

Also if you or anyone else has done it before could tell me about what you did.

Also what do you do to pass the time?

Is there any way of avoiding any nausea?

Any help whatsoever would be more than helpful! Thank youu x
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Looking Into Doing A 12hour Swim To Raise Funds?

Postby Roosevelt » Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:21 pm

drink plenty of water. For me, i can swim after i eat no problem, other people can't. It's all about what you think you can handle with food. I sing songs in my head when i swim it works wonders. if you are worried about nausea then don't eat a lot before swimming.

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Postby Barklay » Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:33 pm

Your goal is not one to be taken lightly.
What you are choosing to do is quite a daunting task.

One of your major considerations is that you MUST eat throughout your swim.
Since your swim is planned for 12 hours, I looked up another swim on google that takes a similar time (albeit much different environmental conditions) and that is the English Channel.
I typed in the keywords "English Channel and eating".
Another set of keywords would be "English Channel and training".
You might also look up ironman triathlon training or ironman triathlon eating as the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii (2.4 mile ocean swim, 112 mile bike ride, a marathon of running 26.2 miles) takes the top competitors around 7.5 hours and most take 12 to 13 hours.

Here is what I found from the English Channel swim on eating:

Feeding schedules tend to polarise into 2 programs, marathon swimmers adopting approximately one hour between feeds and the sprinters 30, 20 and 15 minutes between feeds.
Incredibly, some swimmers have got their feeding down to 2-4 second stops.

In these modern times most swimmers prefer to use the high-energy sports drinks, powder mixes with added water. Some take honey or glucose with tea or coffee and some swimmers take light solids. Try many forms of food and methods of feeding during prolonged training sessions; discover which and what suits you, best. Timing and quantities must be right and the swimmer and crew needs to be conversant with a method suitable to the Pilot and escort boat chosen. Practice these methods, get it correct and do not try anything new on an actual swim. Feed programs vary considerably. A common feed pattern is every hour for four feeds then every 30 minutes for the remainder of the swim. Keep feeding time to a minimum, roughly 1 minute per feed absolute maximum, preferably 20 seconds. Practice this so as not to waste time. On an average swim of 12 to 14 hours, this will add on at least 20 minutes and so shows how important it is to feed quickly, with skill and efficiency.
Ask your team to have the feed ready for when you stop.
Those looking for fast times will do well to consider the system adopted by Chad Hundeby during his record breaking swim.
He fed every 15 minutes, he stopped for 26 feeds, his longest stop was 10 seconds and total time lost in feeding was 2 minutes 53 seconds.
Many of the faster swimmers now feed in 2-4 seconds.

Speed feeding can be accomplished in seconds using paper cups. A swimmer should never attempt to throw anything back to the boat, as not only does this waste precious time, but also tired muscles are soon damaged. If using a sports bottle or such, this can be attached to a line and the crew can recover it easily after use.

Many swimmers will go through a bad patch during the swim or even in training when the body may start to convert its own fat into energy. This is usually between 5-8 hours of swimming. Learn to recognise this, accept it and understand it and learn to swim through these very difficult and painful periods.

A review of the Observers report at the end of a swim will often reveal that in excess of an hour has been lost by totalling up the feeding times. But it need not be wasted time, a pause is a good time to receive that vital encouragement and advice and to re-establish communication with those on the escort boat.

For further information on feeding and nutrition we would refer you to the article by Mike Read, entitled ?Don?t swallow the sea water? (see CSA web site, Nutrition).

Some other thoughts: You should go to your local sporting supply store and try a HI ENERGY supplement called GU (pronounce "goo").
It is so sweet that it can cause some people to vomit.
Many endurance athletes dilute it in water.
You'll need to also include some predigested protein source.
A lot of triathletes drink a 50/50 mix of cola and water.
DO NOT USE ENERGY DRINKS such as Red Bull or 5 Hour Energy as the caffeine in them acts as a diuretic (makes you pee) and you could lose too much water from their use.

Since you are doing the swim in a pool, it is very unlikely that you'll experience nausea.
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