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    Will I get too thirsty in a 1.7 mile or 2 mile OW swim?

    I'm hoping to advance from 1500 meter & 1 mile OW swims in 2016-2017 to a couple of events that are 1.7 and 2.0 miles. Both events are in brackish tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay not far from the locations of past swims. Despite ensuring good hydration before, I find I am very thirsty when I finish. In the pool, I usually go through 24-32 oz water by the time I have finished that distance. Will this issue ease with better conditioning? Any suggestions.?

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    Re: Will I get too thirsty in a 1.7 mile or 2 mile OW swim?

    My experience is that if I'm hydrated before, I don't need to hydrate on anything less than 5K. I will be thirsty when I finish, but hydrating during the race is not essential. Anything over 5K, I plan on both hydrating and feeding.

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    Re: Will I get too thirsty in a 1.7 mile or 2 mile OW swim?

    As suggested, be well hydrated before your swim. Also, you should periodically practice the distance without hydration. Once a week or so swim an entire practice without mid-workout hydration. Practice how you will compete.

    32 oz water seems like a lot over a 2 mile workout. I could see maybe 16-24, unless you are trying to flush your kidneys or you are starting out dehydrated.
    The opinions expressed in the above post are mine and not those of U.S. Masters Swimming.

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    Re: Will I get too thirsty in a 1.7 mile or 2 mile OW swim?

    Quote Originally Posted by MSK View Post
    I'm hoping to advance from 1500 meter & 1 mile OW swims in 2016-2017 to a couple of events that are 1.7 and 2.0 miles. Both events are in brackish tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay not far from the locations of past swims. Despite ensuring good hydration before, I find I am very thirsty when I finish. In the pool, I usually go through 24-32 oz water by the time I have finished that distance. Will this issue ease with better conditioning? Any suggestions.?
    Are you doing the Nanticoke river event? can't remember the name of it..

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    Re: Will I get too thirsty in a 1.7 mile or 2 mile OW swim?

    Quote Originally Posted by airborne18th View Post
    Are you doing the Nanticoke river event? can't remember the name of it..
    I'm looking at the new event called Maryland Freedom Swim on the Chopank near Cambridge and the Chester River Swim near Chestertown. I'll have to check into the Nanticoke one

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    Re: Will I get too thirsty in a 1.7 mile or 2 mile OW swim?

    The Nanticoke race is a triathalon, but they also allow people just to do the open water part. Though I believe the race you are doing has some real rough currents.

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