I have a rather delicate question which I hope some of you might be
able to help me with. I asked the same question on rec.sport.swimming
but didn't get a lot of response, so thought I'd try this NG as well.
Warning: this message contains references to women's bodily functions,
avert your gaze now should you find such things offensive (though I
will try to be as euphemistic as possible lest this post get sensored
by some over-zealous content filter).
I am planning to do a long sea swim of 4.5km in a few weeks time.
Knowing my luck it will end up being That Time Of The Month which
presents me with a couple of logistical issues.
Firstly, there is always a lot of waiting around at the start and
finish of such events, and in this case we have to travel to the start
of the swim by a 45 min ferry trip (which we have to report for an
hour before it is due to leave). So my access to toilet and washroom
facilities will be severely restricted for several hours, most of
which will be spent in my swim suit and/or wetsuit. In the first
couple of days of the wretched process I need to change at least every
Secondly, this last weekend I did a shorter sea swim of about 20-25
mins in my wetsuit and found that the sanitary protection (internal)
ended up waterlogged from the outside rather than the inside. This
doesn't usually happen when I swim but perhaps inside a wetsuit the
water gets trapped in one place rather than just flowing by and so
finds its way inside. I would estimate that this swim will take me at
least 1 1/2 hours, so this is going to be a much bigger problem.
So I'm looking for advice from others who have done a long sea swim
under similar circumstances. How do you handle the logistics of
bathroom facilities or lack thereof? How do you ensure that what needs
to be absorbed gets absorbed and what doesn't, doesn't?
Any advice gratefully received. If you prefer you can email me on: