Ten Things To Consider About Hydration In The Open Water

Ten Things To Consider About Hydration In The Open Water

When considering how much fluid to take during open water swims, several parameters must be considered by open water swimmers and their coaches.

Proper hydration depends on:

1. Distance of race
2. Water temperature
3. Solar radiation
4. Air temperature
5. Training hydration habits
6. Amount and quality and timing of last two meals before the swim
7. Ability to take the hydration (from a boat, kayak, feeding pontoon)
8. General physiological condition (i.e., no upset stomach)
9. Ability to urinate
10. Amount and timing of fuel consumed (i.e., solid foods like fruits, chocolate, carbohydrates or gel packs)

Photo shows Olympian Mark Warkentin drinking at the 2007 World Swimming Championships.

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