How to swim during a swimrun race – Be smarter, faster and save energy – Use a pull-cord!

In the early days of swimrun, very few used a pull-cord of any sort, whereas today this equipment has become standard in team swimrun racing. Its main purpose is to help pull the weaker swimmer during the swims but despite this great benefit, some teams still opt for racing without one. This is totally fine, but the options should be weighed carefully, because you might gain several benefits from using a pull-cord.

A standard pull-cord
A standard pull-cord

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Buying the right wetsuit – A matter of life and death?

Working that tight neoprene – Team Sportextreme Daniel and Philip


Swimrun differ from most aquatic oriented multi-stage sports in that you actually run on land in a wetsuit, in-between the many swim stages and most of the time with your wetsuit fully on.

But how does wearing and running in a tight and mostly black neoprene wetsuit affect your body?

We have previously discussed the science around doing exercise in a wetsuit where studies have found that it will protect you from hypothermia, but might cause overheating. And finding that perfect balance can actually make you go longer and harder than you normally do. But doing exercise in a wetsuit this is not without risk. A recent study by Prado et al (2017, below) has investigated this phenomenon in triathlon, a multi-sport that puts pressure on one’s overall physical capacity. As it turns out there have been 43 event-related deaths from 2003-2011 and the majority occurred during the swim stage. To date there is no clear explanation for the deaths but autopsies report evidence of cardiac abnormalities, hypothesising that immersion pulmonary oedema (IPO, a.k.a swimming induced pulmonary edema, SIPE), can be a potential cause of death. In comparison, the risk of death during a triathlon has been reported to be 1.5 per 100,000 participants compared to only half the risk during a marathon, at 0.8 for every 100,000 participants.

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Why we swimrun and why you should too – The road to your inner self!

It’s you against the elements.

Many who swimrun for the first time find themselves in an intellectual and emotional conundrum.

– What just happened and why am I smiling?

Been there, done that! But why?

Countless of people have tried to put their finger on those feelings that arise and some have even had it on the tip of their tongue. But we still wait for that someone who will fully capture the beauty, and consequently the essence of swimrunning freely in nature. Now, some might actually be close to explaining this, but from a scientific perspective.

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How not to go number 2 in you wetsuit – Avoiding runner’s diarrhoea

Avoid the toilet challenge!
Avoid the toilet challenge!

Do you suffer from stomach problems when you do excercise or race? This phenomenon is more common than you think. Research is probing and narrowing down its causes making it easier for those suffering from this challenge and it turns out that this problem can be even more challenging for us who do swimrun, in a black tight and warm wetsuit. 

Stomach problems during exercise is common among runners, twice as common compared to other sports like swimming. Problems with your stomach (gastrointestinal) can have great impact on your performance, even making you quit a training session or race. Common stomach problems are:

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Over 260 races in the world and more are on their way – Plus de 260 courses prévues dans le monde

 

A while back we had some 200 races in the world and today we’re already passed 260. Every month more races are announced and this is awesome. We love it! L’an dernier, il y avait environ 200 courses dans le monde; aujourd’hui nous sommes déjà passés à 260. Chaque mois, plus de courses sont annoncées et c’est génial. Nous aimons ça! 

number-of-races

Swimrun keeps growing in many directions and on many levels. The 2017 season hasn’t even started but we can now look forward to races in 24 countries. Most races still take place in Sweden, but now the French, and their swimrun-scene, is the second largest swimrun country in the world. Swimrun continue de croître  dans de nombreuses directions et à de multiples niveaux. La saison 2017 n’a pas encore commencé mais nous pouvons déjà nous attendre à voir des courses dans 24 pays. La plupart des courses se déroulent toujours en Suède, mais maintenant les Français sont les seconds en nombre de swimrun.

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