Phelps Undergoes Final Olympic Preparations
Any fans of the Olympic swimming competitions will be keeping a close eye on Michael Phelps who so far has won 16 Olympic medals and is hoping for more.
As part of his preparation Phelps has revealed that he eats a massive 12,000 calories a day. He starts his day with breakfast consisting of a three fried egg sandwiches, three chocolate chip pan cakes, a five egg omelette, three sugar coated slices of French toast and a bowl of porridge. He then goes to practice and follows it with another breakfast consisting of pancakes, waffles, cereal, bagels, eggs etc. Then there is lunch which includes 500g of pasta, ham and cheese sandwiches and loads of energy drinks. Finally supper has another 500g of pasta, pizza and more energy drinks. According to Phelps’ trainer, despite the high cholesterol content of his food, he is at no risk thanks to his constant swimming.
It has also been reported that Phelps is sleeping in an altitude chamber which has turned his bedroom into a small laboratory. The chamber means he is sleeping in the equivalent of 2590m and above. Back in 2006 it was decided by the World Anti-Doping Authority not to ban the machines despite the fact that there are benefits without effort. The chamber stimulates adaptations in the body and blood which makes more oxygen available to fuel training. This means that Phelps is able to train harder and recover faster.
Phelps started using the chamber to help him catch up since he missed a large amount of training after the Beijing Olympics. Before the Beijing Olympics he underwent high-altitude training at Colorado Springs, since he didn’t repeat this in the 18 months after Beijing his coach thought the chamber would help him catch up faster. Only time will tell whether it has been enough, but we’ll know within the next couple of weeks.