John Muenzer With Ned Denison On WOWSA Live
John Muenzer With Ned Denison On WOWSA LiveCourtesy of WOWSA Live, Cary, North Carolina.
“I like eating chicken soup on my channel swims,” often says International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame chairman Ned Denison, only half jokingly. “It has the same texture and tastes the same, going in and coming back out.” Denison will talk with John Muenzer on tomorrow’s WOWSA Live.
Muenzer is entrepreneurial and he is using all his creativity to keep his business going and employees working under the lockdown situation in his native Ohio. But they will also talk about channel swimming and their particular forms of food and hydration. While Denison’s choice is chicken soup, Muenzer has a different approach, a different kind of comfort food. In the channel swimming community, there are always discussions about what foods and drinks swimmers should use during their swims. There are the scientifically-oriented swimmers who base their feeding on specific protein, fat and carbohydrate percentages, occasionally consulted by professional nutritionists. There are others who swear by Maxim. There are those who primarily drink an occasional gel pack, perhap fortified with a slice banana or piece of chocolate.
And then there are the outliers like Muenzer.
Muenzer just want to complete his marathon swims and knows what works best. John Muenzer explains, “I actually stumbled across what foods and drinks have a positive effect on my stomach by accident during the Tampa Bay Marathon Swim. The conditions for the Tampa Bay Marathon Swim were less than favorable.
Just underway by about an hour or so, the winds picked up and with Tampa Bay a relatively shallow body of water, the waves were 3-4 feet. Then the waves settled in at 4 feet. The angle of the waves were coming directly at my side making it difficult to breathe on the right side. Near the five hour mark, I became quite sick, vomiting several times before the dry heaves entered the picture. I swam for another hour and for the first time I actually thought to call it a day. It was at this moment that I tried my new diet.
I ate potato chips and drank some Coca Cola. I was surprised to experience my stomach cramps and vomiting disappeared. For the remainder of the swim, I continued to eat 10 or so chips and drink 5-6 ounces of Coca Cola. Upon my return to Chicago, I implemented this into my training for my attempt to swim the English Channel in July. What I found was every time, I felt sick I ate the potato chips and drank the Coca Cola. Every time it worked. It settled my stomach and I was able to go back to my regular training diet.
That year during my swim across the English Channel, I ate potato chips and drank Coca Cola twice. It settled my stomach both times. Many people will dismiss this as foolish, but you want every advantage to help you accomplish your marathon swim.”
WOWSA Live Interviews (to date + scheduled)
* North Channel Pilot/Swimmer and Motivator-Visionary Pádraig Mallon (Northern Ireland): watch here + here
* Oceans Seven and Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming member Antonio Argüelles (Mexico): watch here
* 2-time Olympian Jordan Wilimovsky (California, USA) + 2-time Olympic coach Dave Kelsheimer (California, USA): watch here
* Ice Sevens and Event Organizer Ger Kennedy (Ireland): watch here
* International Ice Swimming Association Founder and Ice Swimming Visionary Ram Barkai (South Africa): watch here
* Ice Swimmer Kate Steels (UK) and Ocean Advocate/Coach/Event Organizer Bruckner Chase (New Jersey, USA): watch here
* International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Chairman Ned Denison (Ireland): watch here and here
* Ocean Advocate/Coach/Event Organizer Bruckner Chase (New Jersey, USA): watch here
* Olympic Marathon Swimming Hopeful Alice Dearing (UK): watch here
* Olympic Swim Coach and Event Organizer Chris Morgan (Massachusetts, USA): watch here
* Hall of Fame Wrestler Andre Metzger (Texas, USA): watch here
* South End Rowing Club President and Channel Swimmer Simon Dominguez (Australia): watch here
* eDreams Co-founder and Channel Swimmer Mauricio Prieto (Spain): watch here
* Polar Ice Miler Record Holder and Frosted Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming Paul Georgescu (Romania): watch here
* Psychologist and Open Water Swimmer Sarah Turner, Ph.D. (California, USA): watch here
Ice Sevens and Frosted Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming member Jaimie Monahan (New York, USA): watch here
* Documentary Film Director and Open Water Swimming Filmmaker Patrick McLennan (London, UK): watch here
* International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame & International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Swimmer Greta Andersen (USA/Denmark from 2011): watch here
* 2020 Olympic 10K Marathon Swimmer Ashley Twichell (North Carolina, USA): watch here
* Channel Swimmer and 24-Hour Club Member John Muenzer (Ohio, USA): watch here
* 3-time Olympic Pentathlete and Politician Ivar Sisniega (Mexico): watch Friday, April 24 at 8:30 am PST
* First Person to Complete Peak & Pond (3-time Mt. Everest + 2-time English Channel) Hugo Rodriguez (Mexico): watch Friday, April 24 at 9:00 am PST
* Oceans Seven and 2019 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Mariel Hawley Dávila (Mexico): watch Friday, May 1 at 8:30 am PST
Seven Summits and Author Karla Wheelock (Mexico): watch Friday, May 1 at 9:00 am PST
* Oceans Seven and Attorney Lynton Mortensen (Australia): watch Friday, May 8 at 8:30 am PST
* Oceans Seven and Guinness World Record Holder Cameron Bellamy (South Africa): watch Friday, May 9 at 8:30 am PST
* Oceans Seven Attila Mányoki (Hungary): watch Saturday, April 25 at 8 am PST
* Oceans Seven and Event Organizer Darren Miller (California, USA): watch Tuesday, April 28 at 7 am PST
* Oceans Seven and Farallon Islands Swimmer and Documentary Film Protagonist Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand): TBD
* 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist and Open Water Swimming Event Organizer Sandy Neilson (Texas, USA): TBD
* Marathon Swimmer Jessi Harewicz (Canada): TBD
* Transoceanic Stage Swimmer Ben Lecomte (France/USA): TBD
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