Swimrun, development and doping – Where are we heading?

As some of you might have heard, last year the Norwegian cross-country skier Therese Johaug, considered the best in the world, got caught in a doping control.

What did she do?

In August 2017, she used a lip-cream bought and provided for by the Norwegian Ski Team’s doctor, to treat a sunburnt lip that she had gotten during high-altitude training in Italy. This is the official story and the doctor has taken full responsibility for the situation that resulted in a suggested 14-month suspension.

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Don’t run so fast in the beginning- is negative-split the deal?

How do you plan and execute a longer endurance swimrun race like the Rockman Swimrun? Do you go hard in the beginning to set up a comfortable lead (positive split) or do you start of relatively moderat and increase during the race (negative split)? Check out (below) what Coach Fredrik Sillen has to say on this topic.

/The WoS Team

Here you’ve trained and trained for the big running goal of the year. You’ve cut down on the level of training the week before and feel strong and refreshed. You’ve recharged with energy and fluid, and the butterflies in the stomach has started the production of a number of different body-types-drugs such as adrenaline. And at the sound of the starting gun, all racers rush-off like a runaway herd of wildebeest. With this in mind, it’s not surprising that many runners run a little faster than they should in the beginning of the race.

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If you havent noticed yet, swimrun races have started to announce their dates for 2017.

Already in January there’s the possibility to swimrun race the States with California Swimrun.

We are updating our World of Swimrun Race Calendar, the most comprehensive calendar out there, and if your race, or perhaps swimrun adventure is not present, let us know and we’ll add it for you!


How to navigate in open water swimrun races

Swimrun races with high swim/run ratio taking place in big open water, put high demand on the swimrunners ability to navigate. If the race is known to demonstrate changeable wind and current conditions, this skill becomes even more important.

If you do a coastal type race, it’s easy enough to navigate even though this most likely mean having to breathe on the coastal side during the swim. However, when swimming point-to-point races and over large open sea, there is the chance to deviate from the planned course without knowing it. Especially if the winds and currents are strong. This is the reality for many races, including ÖtillÖ.

What most racers usually tend to miss in island swimrun races is the fact that the current, despite the wind direction, tends to change and re-shape when passing an island or narrow gap. Usually also picking up in strength in certain areas.

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Motivation – what drives you forward during a long endurance swimrun race like ötillö?

What motivates you to go out and train that late Tuesday evening, in the rain, even though you are tired? We sat down with Christine from team Ultraswimrun, currently in final preparations for ÖtillÖ next week and had a chat about her motivation and drivers.


WoS: Hi Christine and thanks for taking the time to chat with us (again). Today we talk about motivation, and different drivers. You’re up for ÖtillÖ in September, how’s the preparations going?

C: Quite all right, thank you. After Utö I had some problems with pain in my feet and I had to take it easy with running for a while, and instead focus on swimming, but it seems like it is improving now. I will do ÖtillÖ for the first time and am aware that it is an extremely tough race, so in a way it seems like you can never prepare enough. But you only have so much time and right now I feel I do the best with the time I have.

WoS: ÖtillÖ is a long race that will take a pro-athlete somewhere around 10-12 hours to finish. How do you mentally prepare for a race like that?

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