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79th

Chris Douglas' scorecard

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship

Monday 5th September, 2022

Within recommended ranges

Just outside recommended ranges

Significantly outside recommended ranges

  • 76g

    Carb per hour
  • 74mg

    Sodium per hour
  • 307ml

    Fluid per hour
  • 241mg/L

    Relative sodium concentration
  • 0mg

    Total caffeine
  • How Chris hit those numbers

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    bottle
     
    500ml x PH 1500
    2.5 x Chocolate Croissant
     
     
    1 x PF 30 Energy Gel
     
     
    3 x PH Electrolyte Capsule
    7 x PF 90 Energy Gel
    3L x Plain water
    4.5 x Potato
    2 x Orange slice
    175ml x Drink Pouch (Orange)
     

    How Chris' hydration and fueling went...

      • Host of the Löw Tide Böyz podcast, Chris, competed at the pinnacle of Swimrun races with his co-host Chipper Nicodemus as they made their debut at the ÖTILLÖ World Championship race in Sweden
      • As a long-time swimrun enthusiast, Chris knew all about the challenges of fueling and hydrating for a swimrun, and this 10+ hour race certainly tested his knowledge and experience

    Hydration

      • Chris preloaded his blood sodium levels with a 500ml (16oz) bottle of PH 1500 the night before the race, and sipped on plain water the morning before the start. To improve this strategy even more, we’d recommend sipping on another bottle of PH 1500 the morning of the race to prevent diluting his electrolyte concentration with plain water
      • During the race, he carried a Soft Flask which he planned to regularly fill with water from the on course aid stations, and he used Electrolyte Capsules to stay properly hydrated
      • Due to the fairly mild temperatures (~12℃/54℉), Chris didn’t perceive his sweat rate to be that high, and adapted his hydration strategy accordingly, drinking ~307ml (~10oz) per hour
      • At his last race in Lake James Chris relied upon the aid stations to get his electrolytes. He soon discovered that it was a carb-based drink with minimal sodium content, and so went the entire race without taking any, hence why he planned to carry his own electrolytes this time to prevent a recurrence
      • Unfortunately, the packaging of Chris’s electrolytes was pierced accidentally and dissolved before he had the chance to take them, which meant he only had three across the entire race. This dramatically reduced his pre-planned sodium intake to just ~765mg, meaning the relative sodium concentration of his fluid was ~241mg/L (mg/32oz). Chris tried some of the on-course electrolyte drink but couldn’t stand the taste and so avoided this for the remainder of the race
      • We know that Chris loses 1,719mg of sodium per litre (32oz) of sweat, as measured by the PF&H Sweat Test. However, his total losses were likely mitigated by the mild temperatures, which will have in turn dramatically reduced his total sweat loss
      • He did mention some minor leg cramps towards the end of the race, which was probably in-part due to excessive muscle breakdown, but could also be attributed to his low sodium intake

    Fueling

    Quick Carb Calculator Recommendation

    30g

    carb 30 mins before

    60-90g

    carb per hour during
      • Chris prepared his body for this event by topping up his glycogen stores on the morning of the race by eating two-and-a-half chocolate croissants - a firm favourite breakfast of his. He then further primed his body with a PF 30 Energy Gel ~20 minutes before the start to help circulate some glucose in his blood, and potentially spare some of the stored glycogen for later in the race
      • He planned to use PF 90 Energy Gels to get the majority of his carbohydrates, whilst grabbing other foods from the occasional on-course aid stations
      • Chris maintained a regular carb intake by drip-feeding with regular sips of the “Jumbo Gels” and picking up some boiled potatoes and orange slices as and when his body craved them - it can be a positive move as using real foods will have given his taste buds a break from energy products and preventing the dreaded taste-fatigue that can occur during ultra events
      • In total Chris took seven PF 90s, around four and a half boiled potatoes and two orange slices, bringing his total carb intake to ~790g, averaging a solid ~76g per hour. This is a ~31% increase from his ~58g/h average at Lake James, showing how his gut training to increase his tolerance to carb has been paying off
      • Chris said it “started to get really tough after eight hours, but by that point the end was in sight and I dug in”, but didn’t feel any real lows in energy which suggests he was fueling solidly

    Conclusions

      • Overall, Chris was “stoked” with his performance at the home of swimrun, and couldn’t wait to get stuck into some more training so he could qualify for the 2023 Championship race
      • His fueling plan was good and ensured he had adequate energy throughout the race, but his sodium intake could perhaps be increased to more closely match his sweat sodium concentration and help prevent the onset of muscle cramps later in the race

    Key info

    Chris Douglas

    Male
    Sweat sodium concentration
    1,719mg/L
    Sweat sodium classification
    Very High
    * determined by a PH Advanced Sweat Test

    Result

    Position
    79th
    Overall Time
    10:20:46

    Event information

    Sport
    Other
    Discipline
    Swimrun
    Event
    ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship
    Location
    Sandhamn, Sweden
    Date
    5th September, 2022
    Website
    Swim Distance
    9.0km / 5.6mi
    Run Distance
    61.0km / 37.9mi
    Total Distance
    70.0km / 43.5mi

    Race conditions

    Weather Conditions
    Mild
    Precipitation
    No Rain
    Min Temp
    9°C / 48°F
    Max Temp
    15°C / 59°F
    Avg Temp
    12°C / 54°F
    Humidity
    60%

    Athlete feedback

    Hydration rating
    7/10
    I should have taken some more salt tablets but I broke the pack so they dissolved
    Energy levels
    8/10
    I felt really strong throughout, until the last couple of hours when it got REAL
    Toilet stops
    Yes
    GI comfort
    8/10
    Cramping
    Mild cramps that I could push through

    Chris' full stats

     Carbohydrate (g)Sodium (mg)Fluid (ml)Caffeine (mg)Relative sodium concentration (mg/L)
    Overall
    Total intake7907653,1750241
    Per hour76743070

    Data Confidence

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    There is an adequate level of accuracy in the data collected and the numbers reported. The athlete manages to recall what they ate and drank including most specifics (brands, flavours, quantities, plausible estimations of volumes). However, there are estimations made within the data which affect the overall confidence level in the data reported.

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