Courtesy of Nora Toledano, Manhattan, New York.
Cleveland passed away in June 2017, but left a rich legacy as an open water swimmer, yoga instructor, and inspirational speaker from La Jolla, California. She was a member of the Half Century Club, an active open water swimming coach and a prolific channel swimming observer.
During her high-quality 65,000 meters per week training weeks, she explained her strategy as she got older. “I do a couple of easier weeks in between for recovery. One thing I learned right away, and learned more from Dr. Jim Miller at the Open Water Swimming Conference, is proper nutrition is key.
I’ve been feeding – Maxim + Hammer Endurolytes – before, during and after all of my workouts, always making sure to have a carbohydrate feed immediately following each workout. Next day recovery every time – even from 15 – 20 km ocean swims in rough and windy conditions.
I even feed during pool workouts now – my quality stays up where it belongs and I can recover in time for my afternoon ocean swim.
I massage wintergreen oil into sore muscles before retiring at night and healing is overnight.
Mentally, I have no trouble recovering if I’ve finished my scheduled workout(s) for the day. It’s when I don’t finish that I have trouble letting it go. Rewards for finishing are good…biscuits and gravy for example.”
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