Swimmer Nutrition Tips with David Bryant

What will you eat before your Port to Pub swim?

Trialling your race day nutrition

2016 seemed to speed past! Before we know it, we'll be on Leighton Beach and swimming to Rotto. As your training sessions start to increase, now is the perfect time to trial your race day nutrition from a performance perspective, but also to ensure you don't experience any gastro upset or 'surprises' on race day.

If you are swimming in the morning, think about the food you'll be having the morning of the race, then trial it during your training sessions.

Before you swim, in general it’s best to keep your snack rich in easy-to-digest carbohydrates and not too high in protein/carbohydrates/fibre/fat as this is more difficult for the digestive tract to process, especially when we're submerged horizontal in water!

Some ideas for pre-swim snacks include:

  1. Simple toast with jam/butter/honey/vegemite etc (or crumpets/English muffins)
  2. Lower fibre cereal eg: Rice Bubbles, Corn Flakes, Nutri-Grain with milk and honey
  3. Creamed rice
  4. Tortilla with avocado and vegemite


Next edition we'll tackle nutrition during the race!


David Bryant, Catalyst Dietitian


Jan 12 2017 - 9:00am