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    What to eat before swim?

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    Not sure if this is the best place to post this but was looking for some input on what to eat before a 2k open water swim.

    It will be my first and although I have done the distance once in the pool I probably have not trained as much as I should have, but unfortunately life (i.e. children!) just got in the way a bit! I am a strong swimmer though and feeling fairly confident but will just take it fairly easy I think.

    Anyway, the swim is at 10.30am and we will be leaving home by 7am to get there and as I usually don't eat first thing I am not really sure what to do. I will probably have my usual coffee with cream before we leave but was thinking I probably should take something with me to eat on the way, but don't really know what! Should I be eating fats/protein/both/neither?? I was thinking carbs after...is this right?

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    Don't eat anything too heavy because you run the risk of sinking.

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    Well........ when I was a competitive swimmer we used to carb-load before any big meets. Tons of pasta etc. Not sure you wanna do that. Lol But actually, from a competition standpoint, taking it easy and upping your carb intake before you race is a really great way to shave seconds off your race. If you're into that kind of thing - which we certainly were. (Especially me as a distance freestyler and flyer)

    At this juncture, I say eat what you know makes you feel your best so you're in a good place physically and mentally for it. Good luck!

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    Berries and cream. It's not too heavy and will supply you with both types of energy (fat and carbs).
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    White potatoes and milk? (Mashed potatoes made with milk and butter?)
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    Thanks for replies.

    Based on this:
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    At this juncture, I say eat what you know makes you feel your best so you're in a good place physically and mentally for it.
    I was thinking exactly this:

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Good View Post
    Berries and cream. It's not too heavy and will supply you with both types of energy (fat and carbs).
    Sounds very good to me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by norak View Post
    White potatoes and milk? (Mashed potatoes made with milk and butter?)
    Would happily eat this too but would want it hot and that's not really possible under the circumstances.
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    Hi gingernut,
    I will advice you to take protein shakes before swimming and avoid eating processed food.
    You can take fresh fruits or raw food salad also.

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    +1 to nothing, or maybe some sweet potatoes/white rice(good carbs) the night before...Protein post swim within 30 minutes to help in recovery.

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