How to Avoid Nausea During Swim

When I first started training for triathlons, I remember swimming and getting really nauseous. Sometimes I wouldn’t eat anything before my swim workouts, and sometimes I maybe ate too much or too close to my swim workouts. I remember trying to figure out the best time to eat pre-swim, and what the best pre-swim meal would be. Fueling workouts is one of the toughest things to figure out when it comes to endurance sports, but especially swimming and running, in my opinion.

I suffer from motion sickness which also made it tough to feel great when swimming, too! After 7 years of training and racing in triathlon, I learned that a lot of it, is just my body getting used to the training and simply swimming. Prior to starting triathlon, I was not swimming regularly. I swam on a swim team when I was in elementary school and middle school, but high school and college, not so much. So, if you are just starting out, and you are getting nauseous, just stick with it, and play around with your nutrition and how long you eat before a swim, or if you don’t like eating at all. You may find out that once you get in “swimming shape” you become less and less nauseous. But, here are some tips to help you combat the nausea you may be feeling when you go for your swim workouts.

Tips for Getting Rid of Nausea When Swimming

  • Eat 100-200 calories about 30min before your swim (banana, a bowl of oatmeal (no sugar), 1 piece of toast with almond butter, 1/2 of a bar – Bobo’s Oat Bar, Jojé, RXBAR, Phive Bar)
  • Is your pool on the warm side? If you have pool options, find a pool that keeps the water temperature cooler rather than warmer. Heated water can really increase nausea while swimming.
  • Make sure your goggles aren’t on too tight. Wearing goggles really tight can cause a headache, and therefore cause you to feel nauseous.
  • Be hydrated. If you are swimming in the morning – drink an 8oz glass of water first thing in the morning, before you even have your cup of jo. Swimming at night? Just make sure you are drinking all day long and that you are peeing light yellow or clear. Doesn’t hurt to drink an 8 oz glass of water at night, too, right before you hop in.
  • Take some Tums.

Have you ever been nauseous while swimming? Have any tips to add?

Happy Swimming 🏊🏼‍♀️

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