By Felicity Inkpen
“Whilst swimming, every 45 minutes I have a banana and 600ml of electrolytes, sugar and protein, and chocolate bar. I’ll repeat this up to 3 times whilst I’m in the water.
“Once I’m out of the water I am hankering for a cheese toastie, more coffee, cake, and anything else that I can get my hands on. Luckily for me, the cake selection in the cafes around Arran is incredible.
“I’ll have an afternoon tea of cheese sandwiches, a bowl of cereal, a protein shake, all the while listening to whatever my body is craving.
“Throughout the day, I also have to mouth wash with coconut oil, to stop salt tongue. After 3 days of swimming, I found that my tongue was becoming raw and painful. I’ve followed the career of endurance swimmer Ross Edgley, who did the Great British Swim. One thing I’ve learned from his experience is that the salt water will destroy your tongue and mouth. Swilling the coconut oil around my mouth helps to stop this.
“When it comes to my evening meal, I’m eating whatever’s on the table – four portions of it. So far in this adventure, I’ve had veggie fajitas, burgers, pasta... anything that gets the calories in.
“A special thank you to The Shore Café of Whiting Bay, who have given me two free toasties when I’ve stopped by.”