Member Question: Toe Cramping During Swimming

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Member Question

 

Lately for my longer swims (1 - 1.5 miles) my toes cramp up about 30 minutes into the swim. I typically just flex my foot which helps, but it also causes a lot of drag. What are some options for my 1.5 mile salt water swim if I incur toe cramps. Is there anything I can do prior to swimming that might help?

 

Answer

This is common and happens to me every now and then. There are a few things you can do prevention-wise to avoid these annoying toe cramps (one of which is NOT eating tons of bananas as the common wisdom dictates!)

1. Do plenty of warm ups. If the water and/or weather is cold, you will be susceptible to cramping. Long warm ups can help send blood to these muscles, lessening your chance of a cramp during a race. [.....]

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date: April 21, 2008

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I'm at http://www.TriSwimCoach.com- a resource for beginning through intermediate level triathletes looking for help with swimming. The site features a free email newsletter offering tips and articles on triathlon swimming. I have also written an electronic book titled “The Complete Guide to Triathlon Swimming” and created "The Essential Triathlon Swimming DVD", both available on www.triswimcoach.com.

For a 20% DISCOUNT on Zoomers Z2 fins and Freestyler paddles, go to www.finisinc.com and use discount code ‘aggies20’ at checkout!

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