A cup of coffee before swimming

A cup of coffee before swimming

Post by Ted Kimu » Sat, 14 Oct 1995 04:00:00


I love to swim after a cup of coffee because I can cut about
5-seconds off every 100 yards.  But My wife is against of drinking
coffee especially when I exercise.  

Well, should I or shouldn't I do it?   Am I making a big mistake?
Any one would like to comment on this issue?

Thanks in advance.

Ted Kimura

 
 
 

A cup of coffee before swimming

Post by Bill Pri » Sat, 14 Oct 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

>I love to swim after a cup of coffee because I can cut about
>5-seconds off every 100 yards.  But My wife is against of drinking
>coffee especially when I exercise.  

>Well, should I or shouldn't I do it?   Am I making a big mistake?
>Any one would like to comment on this issue?

Caffeine is a natural stimulant. If it makes you swim better then why
not use it?

 
 
 

A cup of coffee before swimming

Post by Roger Hu » Sun, 15 Oct 1995 04:00:00


Quote:
 (Ted Kimura) writes:
>I love to swim after a cup of coffee because I can cut about
>5-seconds off every 100 yards.  But My wife is against of drinking
>coffee especially when I exercise.  
>Well, should I or shouldn't I do it?   Am I making a big mistake?
>Any one would like to comment on this issue?

As long as your overall health is okay, I can't see any harm in this -- the
medical verdict isn't fully in on coffee (caffeine or decaf), but I'm not
aware of *any* studies showing that one cup is harmful.  And if it cuts your
time, that's a benefit.

Since medical opinion does agree that coffee IS a diuretic, just make sure it
doesn't cause you to pee in the pool... :-) :-)

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A cup of coffee before swimming

Post by Lee A Lü » Mon, 16 Oct 1995 04:00:00

Quote:


>  (Ted Kimura) writes:

> >I love to swim after a cup of coffee because I can cut about
> >5-seconds off every 100 yards.  But My wife is against of drinking
> >coffee especially when I exercise.  

> >Well, should I or shouldn't I do it?   Am I making a big mistake?
> >Any one would like to comment on this issue?

> As long as your overall health is okay, I can't see any harm in this -- the
> medical verdict isn't fully in on coffee (caffeine or decaf), but I'm not
> aware of *any* studies showing that one cup is harmful.  And if it cuts your
> time, that's a benefit.

> Since medical opinion does agree that coffee IS a diuretic, just make sure it
> doesn't cause you to pee in the pool... :-) :-)

This brings up another Issue...  I never have pissed in a pool, but if the
workout is intense and the water is treated, i.e. chlorine, ...why not.

Also, doesn't caffeine make the heart work harder...
palpitating illrymthemia (sic)... a bad thing for a major muscle.

Peace

Lee A. Lng
Indianapolis, IN

 
 
 

A cup of coffee before swimming

Post by JeanneS7 » Tue, 17 Oct 1995 04:00:00

I swim with the 6am crowd, before going to work by 8am.

My 5:15am coffee is an absolute essential for jolting my body into
wakefulness at that time of the morning.

On the way to the pool, I consume my second cup while in the car..

Yes, I think the coffee affects swimming performance.  The early plunge
into the cool pool also makes for good performance.  I don't know which
affects performance more, because I always have the coffee before working
out.

I have, however, had to stop a workout because of too much coffee making
me lightheaded and faint.  I always have a banana, apple and a can of soda
in my swimming bag to treat the coffee jitters.  I think that with
sweating I sometimes create sort of a disequalibrium where the coffee
effects are more pronounced.

May I suggest that if you have a lot of coffee before swimming, keep a
banana, apple and can of soda on hand.

 
 
 

A cup of coffee before swimming

Post by Don Ha » Tue, 17 Oct 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

> I love to swim after a cup of coffee because I can cut about
> 5-seconds off every 100 yards.

When I was an undergrad our exercise phisiology class (taught by our swim
coach) did a study of the effects of caffeine on *** lactate levels
during swimming.  As I remember, the study simply did not work (for
reasons other than effects of the caffeine.  However, there is some
research out there which shows that caffeine may have a carbohydrate
sparing effect and through that mechanism lead to the burning of a greater
proportion of free fatty acids than carbos during exertion.  I dont
remember whether the research was "good" or not, but I do know that it has
been studied.  I think the studies that I read may have been done in
Australia...    is there anyone from the Aussi crowd who could help us on
this one??

Don

Don Haut
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
University of Missouri-Columbia

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A cup of coffee before swimming

Post by Ed Kief » Wed, 18 Oct 1995 04:00:00


Quote:


> > =



> > : Also, doesn't caffeine make the heart work harder...
> > : palpitating illrymthemia (sic)... a bad thing for a major muscle.
> > =

> > I read some where (I think in "Wellness Made Easy", but I could be
> > wrong) that taking caffeine an hour before the excercise is _believed_
> > to burn more fat (and reduce the carbohydrates/glycerol consumption).
> > =

> > - ratan

> For everyones information. The International Olympic Committee (IOC)
> lists caffeine as one of the controlled substances checked for during
> drug screening. If someone says that drinking coffee will cut their
> time down by 5 seconds, is he/she cheating other swimmers?

> -Ron
> -- =

The IOC's ruling on caffeine is that the concentration has to be above a certain
level, not the absolute presence. I do remember that the level was such that
the amount a person would have to drink would make your teeth hum, and would
ultimately be detrimental to performance due to irritability, lack of
concentration, etc.

Ed

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A cup of coffee before swimming

Post by Martin William Smi » Thu, 19 Oct 1995 04:00:00

Quote:
James G. Acker writes:

> : For everyones information. The International Olympic Committee (IOC)
> : lists caffeine as one of the controlled substances checked for during
> : drug screening. If someone says that drinking coffee will cut their
> : time down by 5 seconds, is he/she cheating other swimmers?

>    Yes, but because caffeine is so common in so many different
> products (even chocolate), the test is not simple detection, but the
> caffeine level in the *** has to exceed a certain concentration.  
> And it's a pretty high limit -- I think I remember hearing it would be
> the equivalent of drinking 10-12 cups of coffee in a 1-2 hour
> period.

So, they saw that if they enforced the no *** rule strictly, they
would be forced to disqualify almost everybody, so they set the rule
to reflect what people normally do.  Hmmmm.  How would this kind of
enlightened thinking effect the rule against dipping the shoulder on
***stroke and butterfly turns?

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A cup of coffee before swimming

Post by James G. Ack » Thu, 19 Oct 1995 04:00:00


: James G. Acker writes:

: > : For everyones information. The International Olympic Committee (IOC)
: > : lists caffeine as one of the controlled substances checked for during
: > : drug screening. If someone says that drinking coffee will cut their
: > : time down by 5 seconds, is he/she cheating other swimmers?
: >
: >  Yes, but because caffeine is so common in so many different
: > products (even chocolate), the test is not simple detection, but the
: > caffeine level in the *** has to exceed a certain concentration.  
: > And it's a pretty high limit -- I think I remember hearing it would be
: > the equivalent of drinking 10-12 cups of coffee in a 1-2 hour
: > period.
:
: So, they saw that if they enforced the no *** rule strictly, they
: would be forced to disqualify almost everybody, so they set the rule
: to reflect what people normally do.  Hmmmm.  How would this kind of
: enlightened thinking effect the rule against dipping the shoulder on
: ***stroke and butterfly turns?

        Well, I think there's some control on whether or not
you dip your shoulders.  With caffeine in some many different non-
pharmaceutical products, you couldn't just have detection of the drug
be cause for disqualification.  I guess if caffeine were the only
performance-enhancing drug we had to worry about, I'd be a happy
man.

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A cup of coffee before swimming

Post by David J. Gorbe » Fri, 20 Oct 1995 04:00:00

Quote:

>May I suggest that if you have a lot of coffee before swimming, keep a
>banana, apple and can of soda on hand.

Can of soda?  That makes no sense...more caffeine!
 
 
 

A cup of coffee before swimming

Post by Bradley W. Broc » Sat, 21 Oct 1995 04:00:00

That was a nice thought about pissing in the pool.  I never thought of
it through your perspective.
 
 
 

A cup of coffee before swimming

Post by Ted Kimu » Mon, 23 Oct 1995 04:00:00


:For everyones information. The International Olympic Committee (IOC)
:lists caffeine as one of the controlled substances checked for during
:drug screening. If someone says that drinking coffee will cut their
:time down by 5 seconds, is he/she cheating other swimmers?

:-Ron

I mentioned that drinking a cup of coffee cut my time by five seconds
on 100 yds.  But I didn't say we all should drink bunch of coffee when we race
for competition or Olympic games.   (I'm too old for that anyway.)  What I
wanted to find out was the health matter and not the IOC regulation.

Ted Kimura

 
 
 

A cup of coffee before swimming

Post by Ted Kimu » Tue, 24 Oct 1995 04:00:00


:For everyones information. The International Olympic Committee (IOC)
:lists caffeine as one of the controlled substances checked for during
:drug screening. If someone says that drinking coffee will cut their
:time down by 5 seconds, is he/she cheating other swimmers?

:-Ron

I mentioned that drinking a cup of coffee cut my time by five seconds.  
But I didn't say we all should drink bunch of coffee when we race for
competition or Olympic games.   What I wanted to find out is the
health matter and not the IOC regulation.

Ted Kimura

 
 
 

A cup of coffee before swimming

Post by MsnrLest » Thu, 26 Oct 1995 04:00:00

I have been a swimmer a long time and have raced at the Division I level.
I have not been to the Olympic Games as a competitor.  What I can tell you
is that the level of caffine that an athlete would need to have in their
body in order to fail the test is pretty high.  I'm talking 30+oz of
coffee before the race.

I am an avid coffee drinker and usually have a small cup before workout in
the morning.  Does that mean that I feel as though I am "cheating" someone
else? or "cheating" myself......no. If I were competing at the NCAA or
Olympic level I would still be within the parameters set by the governing
bodies.  Do I believe that coffee or caffine has a positive effect on
performance?  Yes, I think it does if used properly.  If used improperly,
it can and will ruin your races.  It will make you nervous, tense and
uptight.  So, BE CAREFUL and get use to the effects or don't use it.

Best of Luck

Lestat

 
 
 

A cup of coffee before swimming

Post by m120 » Fri, 27 Oct 1995 04:00:00


GET A LIFE!!!!

12 *YEAR OLD GIRL WITH AN ATTIDUDE PROBLEM