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Swimmer Wannabe
November 21st, 2002, 11:12 AM
Thanks to all who responded to my post about distance swimmer vs. sprinter. Now, I have another question:

What types of foods/drinks do you eat DURING a long meet -- to recover from one event and prepare for the next? I know this is highly individual, but would like to hear what works for some of you. Thanks.

November 21st, 2002, 11:29 AM
DURING the meet... its doughnuts in the morning and coffee. Around noon it becomes popcorn, nachos with jalapenos, pretzels with salt, and coke.

I guess my swimming/recovery can be directly related to the Professionalism and pre-planning of the snack bar doods.

Shinob - out

Bert Petersen
November 21st, 2002, 02:53 PM
Breakfast : Two slices of toast with real butter and honey. The bread is carbo, the butter stays with me a long time and fools my stomach into thinking it is full, without adding weight to carry, the honey is just for morale...............
During the meet : I nibble on a Zone bar, just enough to satisfy but not fill up.

Learned this routine in 1955 and have had success ever since. Never ate fruit because when I tried it once, I got stomach cramps. Can't remember before Zone bars, but I think we ate Granola bars or some such thing.

We are so TRENDY ! I remember when some study claimed that Gatorade was actually bad for you during exersize. I passed that gem along to a fellow swimmer and she said, "Bert, when I drink it, I swim well. When I don't, I swim lousy. What would you do ?"

I think a lot of it is in our head and we should probably eat/drink whatever we are used to......just not a lot. For sure, we are all different and , once again, one size does not fit all.

Bert ~~~^o^~~~

November 21st, 2002, 06:02 PM
I eat a few bananas, about a half a box of Cracklin' Oat Bran, and usually eat a few bars. Sometimes I'll buy doughnuts or croissants and eat those too.

November 21st, 2002, 09:46 PM
Re the following post
DURING the meet... its doughnuts in the morning and coffee. Around noon it becomes popcorn, nachos with jalapenos, pretzels with salt, and coke.

The following food groups are represented in the above diet
Sugar, Salt, preservitives, fat, and Caffeen

Kept me alive for years. Will keep my body preserved long afterwards.

Good Stuff

November 22nd, 2002, 11:24 AM
I try to keep hydrated by sipping on either Powerade or Gatorade throughout the day.

Breakfast is usually very light something like a pancake or muffin and maybe a little fruit or yogurt.

For lunch, depending on time, it could be a Subway sub with the basics or if there is not much time try Power Gel or Powerbars as a meal replacement.

Dinner is chow down and hope it digests by the next day.

Good Luck

November 23rd, 2002, 10:33 AM
It depends on the time of the day when the meet begins. If the start is early morning say 8 am, then I eat some toast, and maybe a small bowl of cereal.

If the meet starts at 1pm, then I will eat a sandwich and maybe a few chips or some friut.

I try not to deviate from my normal routine of eating breakfast, lunch or dinner. Any change in a schedule may effect how you swim, regardless of what you ate.

What has worked for me over the years is before you get to the meet, drink large amounts of WATER. This has been key. Make sure you hydrate yourself. Gatorade is good for recovery after you swim, but in small amounts.

If your muscles are hydrated, they will last much longer.

Happy swimming!