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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Jamie Patrick Feeds On Swimming California
Like other ultra-marathon swimmers, Jamie's adventure required years of planning and physical and mental preparation. "I had a difficult night. I didn't think I'd get through it, but it was a pretty magical swim."
Similar to ultra-marathon swimmers of old (i.e., pre-1970s), Jamie propelled himself with a mix of regular food and adequate hydration. However, unlike many contemporary swimmers who sustain themselves with packaged gel packs with scientifically-proper measurements of carbohydrates, proteins and fats, Jamie swam while eating normal food.
But he also had the advantage working with Dr. Eduardo Dolhun, an innovative physician from Stanford University, who took blood samples from Jamie's finger every four hours. His nutritional intake changed according to those results. He also had the advantage of wearing a wetsuit that helped reduce the fluctuation in core body temperature, especially important in determining a feeding and hydration schedule.
Jamie explained, "The design of my nutrition plan was simple in design. The goals were also simple. 1. Avoid Gastro-Intestinal stress 2. Stay hydrated. 3. Take in enough calories to maintain energy levels."
He fed every 20 minutes which is consistent with the experienced professional marathon swimmers. "When the body goes too long without refueling it begins to break down. I found that 20-minute intervals suits me perfect. During each of these feeds, the goal was to bring my body back to vertical and lower my heart rate before putting food in. This took about 45 seconds."
Because the human body has difficulty in beginning its digestive process when horizontal or floating on one's back or stomach, "I took in approximately 185 calories per feed and about 550 an hour. We used Nalagine bottles for hydration which allowed us to make sure that we took in the adequate amount of fluid. I onlly used water and Dr. Stacy Sim's Secret Drink Mix throughout the swim. We made sure that no less than 250 ml of hydration was taken during each feeding."
As for the blood testing, Jamie was only able to draw blood three times because he was not able to hold steady in the water and he did not want to touch the kayaks. So while good in planning, blood testing did not practically play a significant roll in the nutrition plan. However, Jamie strictly followed Dr. Sims's detailed plan.
"We avoided all processed food throughout the entire swim. Even at one point when the crew could not reach me with the proper electrolytes and I was offered Gatorade, we elected to pass due to the high sugar content."
Jamie's nutrition plan was tested during a single 22-mile crossing of Lake Tahoe - swum a few weeks prior to his Swimming California effort. "I emerged from this training swim full of energy and knew I was set for the 111-mile effort in the Sacramento River. Too many times endurance athletes fall into the hype of processed nutrition products. They are great for shorter events, but ultimately will cause stress over periods of 12 hours."
The basis for the plan included turkey sandwiches with no dressing or cheese. The sandwiches were cut into four manageable bites for ease of eating day or night. His menu also included salted potato wedges, penne pasta, pretzels, chicken soup, rice balls with scrambled egg, almond milk, dark chocolate, glucose tablets, whey protein and jelly beans. "It became very bland over the hours, but it worked. I craved flavor, but anything with flavor has the ability to upset my stomach. Fruits, even bananas, have acid in them and can change the stomach's chemistry very quickly. In addition, I took 2 Tums antiacid tablets every 40 minutes during the last six hours to help my stomach settle."
But like every ultra-marathon swim, Jamie's crew was indespensible. "They made the nutrition fun. While handing me the same turkey sandwich or potato slice they would describe it to me as a delicacy. 'Would you like a pesto turkey sandwich with cucumbers and tomatoes or a turkey sandwich with avocado and mayonnaise?' It became a game."
He avoided ibuprofen-based pain medication and stimulants such as Coke or Red Bull. And his menu and plans worked well. "Paramedics met me at the finish. They did a blood test to determine if I needed to go to the hospital. The result came back almost normal on every level. The paramedics said even my glucose was normal."
But a 31-hour swim is still 31 hours of constant exercise and it takes time to recover. "I still am very tired and my body feels like I am swimming," said Jamie three days after his swim. "I have aches and pains everywhere, but it is a reminder of this amazing journey. I truly believe that by using solid foods, avoiding processed foods and sticking to the plan this swim was successful. Once the swim was completed I ate a bacon cheese burger and fries. I then proceeded to fall asleep in the bathtub at home. What a great adventure."
Copyright © 2011 by Open Water Source
2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference
Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
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The Global Open Water Swimming Conference is a conference on the sport of open water swimming, marathon swimming and swimming during triathlons and multi-sport endurance events.
The conference which has been attended by enthusiasts and luminaries from 6 continents, is devoted to providing information about the latest trends, race tactics, training techniques, equipment, psychological preparation, race organization and safety practices used in the sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons.
The conference's mission is to provide opportunities to listen and meet many of the world's most foremost experts in open water swimming, and to meet and discuss the sport among swimmers, coaches, administrators, event organizers, sponsors, vendors, officials, escort pilots, and volunteers from kayakers to safety personnel.
Dozens of presentations at the 2014 Conference at the Mount Stuart House cover numerous aspects of the vast and growing world of open water swimming where attendees can learn and share the latest trends, race tactics, training modalities, swimming techniques, equipment, race organization, logistics, operations, and safety practices for open water swimming as a solo swimmer, competitive athlete, fitness swimmer, masters swimmer, triathlete, multi-sport athlete, administrator, race promoter, sponsor or referee.
The conference was first held in Long Beach, California as part of the 2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships. It has since been held on the Queen Mary in California, at Columbia University and the United Nations in New York City, and in Cork, Ireland. This year in September, it comes to another iconic location, the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.
"The Global Open Water Swimming Conference was started due to the desire and need for athletes, coaches, referees, administrators, race directors, promoters and sponsors from around the world to share, collect and learn information about the growing sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons," said founder Steven Munatones. "Other swimming conferences usually offering nothing on open water swimming or perhaps a speech or two, but we thought open water swimming deserves its own global conference. It is great that the community shares its information via the online social network, but there is nothing like meeting other open water swimming enthusiasts face-to-face and talking about the sport from morning to night."
Speakers at the conference include English Channel swimmers, ice swimmers, record holders, renowned coaches, world champions, professional marathon swimmers, renowned race directors, officials and administrators from the Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
"Because the audience is passionate and educated about the sport and its finest practitioners, the Global Open Water Swimming Conference is also the location of the induction ceremonies for the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the annual WOWSA Awards that recognize the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, and the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year. Special Lifetime Achievement Awards are also occasionally presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport over their career."
The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Programme
Wednesday, September 17th
Leave Glasgow to commence 2-day tour of Scotland [closest international airport is Glasgow]
Thursday, September 18th
Stay Mainland, North of Scotland
Friday, September 19th
14:00 - Swim Loch Lomond
17:00 - Head to Isle of Bute
19:30 - Scottish Banquet
21:30 - Dinner Dance
Saturday, September 20th
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
12:20 - Lunch and WOWSA Awards
13:40 – Speeches
15:40 - Round Table
19:00 - International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony
Sunday, September 21st
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
14:30 - Swim in St Ninian's Bay on the Isle of Bute
The luminaries of the open water swimming world who will be honored in Scotland will include:
* Sandra Bucha (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Jon Erikson (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Claudio Plit (Argentina), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Judith van Berkel-de Njis (Netherlands), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* David Yudovin (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Mercedes Gleitze (Great Britain), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* George Young (Canada), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Dale Petranech (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Contributor
* Melissa Cunningham (Australia), 2013 Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award winner
* Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* James Anderson (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Dr. Jane Katz (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Indonesian Swimming Federation, , International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Organisation
* Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
* Olga Kozydub (Russia), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
* Bering Strait Swim (international team), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
* International Ice Swimming Association (Ram Barkai, founder, South Africa), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year
For additional articles on the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, visit:
* Olga Kozydub To Be Honored In Scotland
* Pádraig Mallon To Be Honored In Mount Stuart Castle
* Mount Stuart House, Splendid Setting For Swimming
* Colleen Blair To Kick-off Global Open Water Swimming Conference
* The Man Who Swims Better Than He Walks
* Joining In The Sea Goddess At The Hall Of Fame
* Mercedes Gleitze To Be Honored In Scotland
* The Incredible Career Of Merceded Gleitze
* Jon Erikson To Be Honoured In Florida
* The Incredible Career Of Mercedes Gleitze
* St Ninian's Bay To Host International Swim Conference
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