Ideal temps & times
I’m contemplating a long (for me) ocean swim which will be around 22km and probably take 7-8hrs depending on conditions and tides.
Assuming I start early eg 7am, I’m hoping to finish by mid-afternoon.
My normal eating habits are eating nothing all day and then starting to graze on fruit, nuts & cheese around 3-4pm followed by one evening main meal around 6-7pm. And that’s it until the same time next day. In other words my body is used to eating no breakfast or lunch and only eating during a 4-5hr window starting mid-late afternoon.
This is true even if I do an hour of swimming in the morning - I still don’t feel hungry until my normal time of around 3pm.
BUT. Will this change on the day I start swimming at 7am and try to keep going? Do you think I’ll run out of juice and need to eat at various intervals?
I presume I’ll need to takes breaks to drink water but not so sure about food if I can finish swimming before my usual ‘hunger window’ starts.
Final question, what’s the ideal water temp to do a 7-8hr swim (no wetsuit or hat or goggles just swimmers).
I was thinking to wait until we reach about 21C which will likely be early / mid summer here in NZ.