Eating for late training sessions...

I'm in a quandry

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28/10/2003 at 11:18
Dear all

I've started doing a few swim sessions a week with a club, for my channel swim. But eating is becoming a problem and I don't want it to continue in this vein for the next ~8 months, especially as I am supposed to be putting *on* weight.

Basically, I finish swimming 9pm earliest, 10pm latest, and then have to get home (at least 1/2 an hour). I don't go home first, I either stay a bit late at work or about. And I don't usually eat before evening training.

So do I:
Eat first, although this is pretty difficult seeing as I'd still be at work
Eat when I get home, even though this can be up to an hour after a hard swim, and I want to go to bed.
Take dinner with me in the morning (!) and eat it on public transport on the way home (!)



Dr Nic

cougie    pirate
28/10/2003 at 11:20
Nic - you wanna be smearing yourself in lard, and then you can lick your arm as you swim. I think.

Oh - I'm not a qualified dietician though.

28/10/2003 at 11:23
Thanks Cougs, knew I could rely on you for practical, yet revolutionary, tips.

Tho I may have to change my stroke to ensure that my arm is near my mouth when I swim.
28/10/2003 at 11:26
sounds like you need to graze a bit dr nic..

i struggle with evening training cos i'm usually starving by the time i get home.... and eating after is a bit late. plus eating anywhere before swimming is a big problem for me!

i tend to snack in the afternoon to keep my energy levels up for the training.

also i (we) tend to bulk cook a load of meals & freeze them in portions, then put them in the oven on timer in the morning... so they're ready when we get home.


a 'few' swim sessions... wow :) .. my arms still ache from sundays.. but at least i didnt drown doing the catchup drill this time... not that i know what they're for anyway. ramble over.
cougie    pirate
28/10/2003 at 11:26
Better still - have a word with Knorr and get a few tonnes of cup a soup powder for the pool. Then it'll be more like the channel, and you can drink at the same time.

I seem to drink vast quantities when I'm in the pool.
28/10/2003 at 11:30
Dr Nic - is there anyway that on the days you are training late you could eat your main meal at lunchtime and then have lunch (eg sandwiches) in the evening / late afternoon? This is the only way that I have managed to fit it all in... oh and grazing on top of that as well!!
28/10/2003 at 11:32
Thanks Ed (see I am still here!) - I graze all day anyway! Seriously, I never stop eating!

To clarify, I think my anxiousness about eating after these sessions is not so much from the hunger point of view as assisting recovery and just making sure I cope with the rigours of channel swim training - it's only going to get harder from here.

But yes, cooking in bulk could help...I just hate cooking and don't have any time to do it..but a good suggestions.

And ask if you don't know what you're supposed to be getting out of catch up, it's a good drill, helps your balance and body position, and slows your stroke down so you take less strokes per length of the pool. Just make sure you aren't crossing your hand over the top of each other when they touch, just touch your thumbs.

Cougie - another good suggestion, thanks!! ;-)
28/10/2003 at 11:34
Spans, thanks, yes i guess a huge lunch (as opposed to just massive as usual) on those days, then sarnies (yuk!) or similar for the bus afterwards....!!!
28/10/2003 at 12:02
thumbs.. roger that.
we've had 20+ at our sessions lately... so dialogue with the coach geeser is more of a luxury than before.
28/10/2003 at 12:04
I think this calls for the right honorable Malt Loaf

Half of one of those is aboput 400kcal of mainly carbs so it difinately fills the gap for me.

Depends if you can eat so much sweet stuff or not,

Combine that with savory snacs such as nuts or bombay mix- will be more than sufficient of your main meal is at lunch.

Then a light savory snack when you get in
28/10/2003 at 12:11
Slimfast is actually quite a good recovery food (drink?), as it has vitamins, protein and carbs. Then you can eat something light but tasty without having to worry if it's enough.

It tastes not too bad if it's really cold.
28/10/2003 at 13:13
Thanks guys! Caspar (how are you btw?) I *Love* The Right Hon. Malt Loaf so yes 1/2 a packet of that in my swim bag for afters should be good...and Nessie, good suggestio too, have used meal replacement drinks before for recovery and worked well

Thanks dudes!!
28/10/2003 at 13:59
Hi Nic

I just sent you an email!
28/10/2003 at 14:03
regular pies throughout the day

the devereaux (by the side entrance to Temple gardens) does a mean pie
28/10/2003 at 14:14
Andy - thanks. Sadly I don't swim at Temple gardens but I'm sure it's useful info nevertheless.

Caspar - got it! You, you, deadline-ignorer, you! ;-)
28/10/2003 at 14:22
hey no one emails me :( *sniff*
WildWill    pirate
28/10/2003 at 14:47

Take something to worl with you so you can have it before you train (1-2hrs before)

Sip on energy drink on way to swim

Take a recovery drink (SIS Rego or such) to have soon as you get ou the pool and a bit of malt loaf to munch on, on the way home

Have something premade for when you get home that combines carbs and protien (Tuna salad and a yogurt or such)

after club runs - i dont get in till 9:30 so follow something similar to the above

Good Luck

28/10/2003 at 15:13
Thanks Will!
29/10/2003 at 15:58

I have a similar dilemma with running late after work from 6:30 to 8 and then do an hour of weights and then not getting home until 10-10:30. Last year I used Powerbar Protein bars succesfully, but they are too expensive to use all the time. They certainly helped me feel OK the next day...

29/10/2003 at 16:02
Yes, expense is another problem...
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