Saturday, May 16, 2009

Training Food: TBC

Oh, what a glorious feeling after a long swim, just wish I was outside but I'll take the yardage. One day a week I do a straight, long with no rest, seems to fall on a Saturday lately.

Today, 11,500 yards.

Training Food

Total Body Confusion

I usually train on 2 cups of coffee, with cream and sugar. I don't drink anything special while swimming, just some water, if the water is too warm.

Some may say, "don't you need to hydrate or feed the muscles?" I use the concept that my pilot, Mike Oram, terms as Total Body Confusion. Confuse the body, by not feeding during workouts, you make the body get used to low stores in the muscles. When you do feed your body, i.e. on longer swims than 4 hours, it should respond with a burst of energy.

Don't get me wrong, I have practiced feeding my body and what it performs best with. I use Maxim, a high carbohydrate powder. It can be mixed your favorite drink or soup, and it feeds the muscles nicely.

This, of course is my opinion, everyone has different training and feeding styles. This works for me.

Dream, Prepare, Succeed.

1 comment:

  1. i like the cutting water passage, its a reminder of what your supposed to be doing. i'll use that in my thoughts. i often train on ''empty fuel'' apart from say water or maxim or similar drinks. you can feel the maxim kick in! i look forward to reading this blog.


2015 ... Swimming for Homes for the Brave

After spending the past 20 years paddling from Dover to France, it is time to venture into new waters, while helping some special people.
Soon, I will be traveling with my A-team to Scotland to swim the length of the famous Loch Ness.
As always, I try to help a Foundation raise funds and awareness and I thank you for interest and support.
I am deeply troubled with the thought of homeless individuals, especially in our US Veteran population.

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I will always be dedicating my swimming to all those battling cancer and in the memory of 4 special people in my life. Cancer first hit my family when I was young. My grand-aunt Eleanor Kersavage, passed away with uterine cancer and my Auntie Bea Halchak battled with brain cancer.

On January 1, 2002, our LEHY family lost Nikki Giampolo to bone cancer, just turning 16 years old. Her spirit still lives on in our East Hartford swim team.

In July of 2009, my brother-in-law, Gregory Allen Urban, who passed away, after a valient battle with lung cancer. I can see him now, talking about cars and projects around the house, music and his family.

I know Aunties, Eleanor and Bea, Nikki, Greg and all the angels will help me CUT through all this water this summer.

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