Tuesday, July 22, 2008
PureSport in the Pool and Open Water
While the Russian open water swimmers will take 3 different kinds of hydration formulations during the course of the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim, the American team has been experimenting with PureSport drinks.
PureSport drinks are also used by Olympic champions Michael Phelps, Aaron Peirsol, Ian Crocker and Brendan Hansen. They use PureSport Workout and Recovery nutritional performance sports drinks before, during and after their workouts.
Because the open water athletes will be swimming at a punishing pace for nearly 2 hours under smoggy, hot and humid conditions in very warm water in the outdoor Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing park, proper hydration during the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim will be a key element of success.
Under such conditions, the open water athletes usually come out of the water looking extremely drained and in pain...but nothing a gold medal performance cannot cure.
Photo of Mark Warkentin after the 2008 World Open Water Swimming Championships by USA Swimming.
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