Summer NCSA Blog 

Indiana Univ. Natatorium, On the campus of IUPUI,

901 West New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202

By Jordan Kelly

July 27, 2022

It’s race time! This week the traditional summer NCSA’s will take place in Indiana at the IUPUI Natatorium. Hopefully by now most teams will be doing team travel and will already have food planned out for the meet. But for those who aren’t, you may use this as a reference to guide you. On the other note I have made a long list of things to bring to this type of meet. I suggest also using this list for other championship meets in your future career. Remember you can’t bring everything on this list but certain items are very important to helping you swim fast. Anything with Salmon, turkey, and grilled (not fried) chicken are very good dinner and lunch options

Foods to AVOID During a Meet – Cause Gas/Bloating:

  • Corn
  • Beans
  • Lots of Cheese
  • Breaded
  • Fried
  • Cream Sauces
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Arugula
  • Cauliflower
  • Apple

Restaurants near the pool

QDOBA Mexican Eats

907 Indiana Ave Ste A, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Ali’i Poke – Downtown Indy

910 W 10th St #4, Indianapolis, IN 46202


157 E New York St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Chipotle Mexican Grill

601 Oscar Robertson Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Tropical Smoothie Cafe(24min away from pool though)

10720 E US Hwy 36, Avon, IN 46123

Fresco Italian Cafe on the Canal(very expensive. Be careful of what you order)

620 N East St, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Yard House

15 W Maryland St, Indianapolis, IN 46204


General Items

  • Clothing (t-shirts, shorts, pants, socks, underwear, shoes, sweatshirts, jackets, rain coats, parka or warmup, baseball hat or winter hat, sunglasses, reading glasses, mask)
  • Water bottle
  • Small portable Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • Earphones or Airpods or headphones
  • Portable charger 
  • Fitness tracker or watch (whoop, apple watch, fitbit, etc..)
  • Jump rope
  • Stretching band
  • Massage gun
  • Foam roller
  • Roller stick
  • Ice pack or bags for ice to use between sessions
  • Sleeping mask (for naps!)
  • Mini tens unit or electromagnetic massage pulsar kit
  • 2-4 towels
  • Tech suit
  • Practice suit
  • Spare tech suit
  • Spare practice suit
  • ANOTHER TECH SUIT!!! (can’t swim without it! So don’t forget it!)
  • Couple pencils and pens
  • Swim Journal or spare paper for mental notes
  • Stopwatch in case you want to visualize a race at the hotel
  • Chargers for computer, ipad, phone, airpods, gopro, massage gun, portable charger, watch or fitness tracker
  • Printed out calendar and meet itinerary
  • Electronics (phone, ipad/tablet, computer, camera/gopro, etc..)
  • Pillows
  • blankets

Health items

  • Allergy medicine
  • Salt or sinus wash to clear throat
  • Vitamins
  • Personal inhaler 
  • Portable Vaporizer/humidifier in the winter (depends on the room and air quality)
  • Dehumidifier in the summer (depends on the room and air quality)
  • Advil/ Alieve/ ibuprofen`
  • Covid-19 kit
  • Mini med kit
  • Cough drops?
  • Earplugs in case of swimmer’s ear
  • Over the counter Ear Drops to prevent swimmer’s ear after swimming
  • Shaving equipment(shaving cream, razor, clippers, comb, scissors)
  • Night bag (Nail clippers, tooth brush, tooth paste, dental floss, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lip balm, deodorant, etc..)
  • Small portable tissues

Food items

  • Blender
  • Toaster
  • Cooler with ice
  • Protein powder for smoothies and general (good brands Klean Recovery, Vega Sport, Garden of Life.)
  • Ascent native fuel micellar casein powder (type of protein that is good to have before bed because it slowly digests overnight leaving you fueled better for the next day)
  • Tupperware instead of plastic bags to save environment and store snacks
  • Lunch box or bag
  • Peanut Butter (not JIF. Not Skippy. No Hydrogenated oils in ingredients list. Good options have oil on the top when you open the lid. This is because they aren’t as saturated. Some good options are justin’s PB, RX PB, Smucker’s (Organic) Natural Creamy PB)
  • Jelly
  • Simply nature sliced Turkey (organic Non GMO)
  • Simply nature sliced ham (organic Non-GMO)
  • Simply nature sliced cheese (organic Non-GMO)
  • Bagels
  • Bread
  • Berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, black berries,)
  • Fruit (bananas, peaches, avocados, oranges, chopped watermelons, pineapple, mangos)
  • Dried fruit
  • Vegetables(carrots, snap peas, etamamas, celery, tomatoes)
  • Cinnamon and flax seeds in case you want to put them together with meals from restaurants. 
  • Evolve shakes/ protein shake after sessions
  • RX food (bars, mini bars, cereal, oatmeal)
  • Nature’s promise organic quick oats and packets
  • Tortillas (banana and PB wraps?)
  • Hard boiled plant based eggs
  • Plant based eggs
  • HU grain free crackers
  • Superhero muffins
  • B6 trail mix (nuts, almonds, pistachios, dried fruit, chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds)
  • Without a trace power bites
  • People’s choice old fashioned beef jerky original

Most important thing to bring is a positive attitude so that you have fun and race fast!

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