Yes, this is part one of a two-part list. I’m kind of getting the feeling I have my hands full here. Without further ado, Part 1 of the things I need to work on before swimming 10 miles:
- Nutrition: What will I drink/eat during the race? When? How much? I’m considering trying coconut water for hydration purposes…anyone out there with experience with this? I’ve also heard a lot about superstarches and am girding myself to try one of the more popular brands. The consistency isn’t something I’ve encountered in a beverage before, but if it works well, maybe I can get used to it. Solids aren’t something I’ve ever used in a long race before, even way back in the dark ages when I was racing 25Ks. I can be stupidly competitive sometimes, so I would hate having to take the time to stop and chew… but on the other hand, the longer the race, the less the time impact, and possible the greater performance boost. We’ll see.
- Leaning up: I don’t want to blow out my shoulders by dragging around non-functional padding. This is difficult for me, however, since the harder I train the hungrier I get, and dammit, I get cranky when I’m hungry.
- Core strength: 10 miles means a lot of sighting, which puts strain on the lower back. My back has already expressed displeasure with me on various occasions, so I will definitely be working on this. Planks, weights, and more planks.
- Goggle fit: For some reason, I have a ridiculously hard time finding goggles that either don’t leak or don’t feel like daggers in my eye sockets after five minutes.
- Peeing while swimming: I felt gross just typing that, but when you’re swimming for four hours at a stretch, it kinda has to happen. Unfortunately, it takes some serious concentration, and I’ve never gotten the knack. (For the people that swim in my lane, don’t worry – I won’t work on that one while training in the pool).
I will leave you to ponder that last entry while I go ponder some weirdly viscous energy drink and try to get up the nerve to try it.