Coach Pete

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What should my Child eat before their next swim meet?

Ryan May 001 Swimmers need to eat what is good for them-and eat food that they like. In an article from “About Swimming”, written by Mat Luebbers.

He writes, that you think you are doing a great job helping your children make good food choices.

There are plenty of things that will work , and as you probably have found out what is good for one swimmer is not good for another. Some of the choices will vary based on timing – what works if eaten three or more hours prior to a meet might be a bad choice eaten 30 minutes prior to a meet

The meal decision requires some real-world testing, and with a day or two to go before the meet it may be too late to try new things. He suggests you go with what works for each of them, regardless of whether it is breakfast, lunch, or dinner type meal. What is their favorite pre-swim meal? Go with it! it could be pasta, noodles, rice, cereal, toast, eggs, a sub-type sandwich, pancakes, waffles, even a peanut butter sandwich – as long as it is a meal that hits the main food groups, is easy for them to digest, and is familiar to them.

Get the meal done two to three hours prior to the meet, then “keep the fuel tank topped off” with easy to digest, lighter foods – fruits – ( apples oranges, banana, pears raisins, etc.) power bars, sport drinks, pretzels, pop-tarts, a simple sandwich( peanut butter and banana, banana and honey, jam etc.) low fat pudding, rice cakes, plain toast, etc.

Feed them what you know is good for them and what they think of as tasting good…..Good Luck


February 10, 2008 - Posted by | Parents


  1. Thank you John for your reading Coach Pete’s Blog!

    Comment by John Leonard | February 12, 2008 | Reply

  2. OK! Very nice Blog, Coach Pete! You’ll be interested to know that MATT Luebbers first job was as my assistant coach at the Lake Forest Swim Club in 1978-80 in Lake Forest Illinois. He was just out of college.
    Matt did a fine job. He lives now (and for the past decade and a half) in Okinawa, where he has become more Japanese than American, for a blue-eyed, blond haired (now bald) strapping young man from the great mid-west.
    And he’s a fine swimming coach and Tri-athlete and tri-athlete coach.

    All the Best, JL

    Comment by pspag | February 12, 2008 | Reply

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