Coach’s Corner – February/March 2016
What should I eat before I swim?
This question is asked most often by both Parents and Swimmers across all Age Groups and all Ability Levels. Here are some basics to assist you in how to prepare for either the big meet or the just a normal practice day at the pool. This chart will give you an example of time lines, what to put in your body and a typical meal idea.
Less than 30 minutes —–> drinking mostly liquids —–> about 8 to 16 oz of water or sports drink
30-60 minutes —–> snacks and liquids —–>16 oz of water or sports drink; smoothie, fruits, granola bar
1-3 hours —–> snacks or small meal and liquids —–>16 oz of water or sports drink; sandwich, cereal w/ milk
3-4 hours —–> moderate sized meal and liquids —–>16 oz of water or sports drink; pasta w/ meat, vegetables
As always, being hydrated is the most integral piece of being prepared to swim at meets or at practices.
Here is to a successful meet season.
– Coach Patrick