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Things that you always wanted to know…

September 21, 2008

But may have been afraid to ask.

How do you get used to the cold water?

  • There are many ways to do this.  My usuals are by taking ice baths, cold showers, training in cold water, wearing lighter clothes in cooler weather, and avoiding using the heat in my home.
  • Acclimation takes time so don’t just jump in to all the above techniques.  Take time to gradually get your self used to the cold and to determine how your body reacts.

Do you get wrinkled from the long hours in the water?

  • Yes, but not nearly as much as I thought or as others may think.  It isn’t like being in a bath for 20 minutes.  The skin does get soft and a little wrinkled. 

What do you do if nature calls?

  • The rules of most marathon swims is that you can’t touch the boat and they can’t touch you once the swim starts.  If we all think about these rules I’m sure we can all imagine what swimmers do when nature calls. 

What is the worst thing about swimming in salt water?

  • I think that this will vary for every swimmer.  Obviously the chaffing seems to be worse for me in salt water.  However, the thing that really bothers me is the affect on my mouth.  Salt water makes my tongue swell and it starts to peel.  Not real cool and it makes food taste funky for a little while.  And I don’t even think about drinking alcohol afterwards.  The burn is awful.

Why don’t you wear a wetsuit?

  • Mainly because they aren’t allowed.  On a side note, I do find them very restricting and seem claustrophobic.

Not that I personally know this, but people do ask about men and the cold water.

  • According to my friends, this is also true.

How do you eat while swimming?

  • This again is very individual to the swimmer.  I have a basket that is extended on a boat hook.  My feedings are then in the basket.

What do you eat?

  • I eat CarboPro mixed in some liquid.  And then occasionally I add in some soft food that is really easy to eat like canned peaches.

 If you have any other questions that you are interested in knowing please drop me a line and I will do my best to answer them.

3 Responses to “Things that you always wanted to know…”

  1. Neal says:

    Ha, you’re funny. And honest!

  2. Dave Cuthbert says:

    Did you have to get used to eating while swimming?

    I’ve tried, but I find that I can’t do it (well, at least not yet). The nausea is overwhelming, and I don’t know if I’d have the presence of mind to not panic if I started vomiting. Unfortunately, this limits the distance I can swim.

  3. […] When you gotta go, you gotta go, but not in a wetsuit. A shout-out to my high school friend Michelle Macy who posted a similar post on her blog. […]

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