Sunday, June 14, 2009

Feeding And Fueling In Open Water Swimming

At the joint USA Swimming and Swimming Canada's world championship trials in Ft. Myers, it was interesting to see how the elite athletes fueled and feed during the open water race.

Chloe Sutton is shown on left in her TYR swimsuit that has a special pouch for gel packs.

In the photo on left, the coaches lined up in a chest-high feeding section that was close to the navigational line preferred by the swimmers. Their focus on their athletes was admirable to observe.

In the 5K under much rougher conditions, some coaches were submerged by the waves, but they stood still to keep the cups above the water for their athletes.

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