Choose your swimrun training music wisely – It can help you progress!

Do you do exercise with or without music?

Well if not, you should think of trying since it can enhance your performance. A recent study has found that music could possibly do this, especially during fatigue.

Now of course people also enjoy the silence or perhaps ‘presence’ of nature, being one-with-the-birds, and listening to music while swimming can be a bit challenging. But, if you’re about to push your own boundaries and take your training to the next level, this might be the extra tool you’re looking for.

 

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High-intensity interval training during the season – good or bad?

p1010901This is the question on many people’s mind. How should I train when the swimrun season kicks in?

Many are under the impression that the best way to stay fit and ‘race ready’, is to leave out the high-intensity training (HIT) sessions and do the bulk training at a slower pace. But is it the best way to stay at the current level and peak out, just before a race? HIT is more or less left for the pre-season type of training since it poses a greater risk of  injury, and many believe that you can’t get any faster anyway. Now research is helping us understand this differently. Throwing in a HIT-session in the middle of the season can actually be a good thing.

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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.

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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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The science corner: Should you change your running shoes or not?

As researchers, the WoS Team every now and then stumble upon articles that could be of interest to the swimrun-community.
Even though swimrun is a sport by itself, it’s too young for research to have picked up on it. In the mean time we’ll have to do with science coming from the running or the swimming domains. Below is some interesting research for you sci-nerds out there, on the topic of running and what shoes to use.
 
 
Which shoes should you use and how will they affect you?

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Swimrun modifications part 3: IKEA & the swimrun calves

As we have previously discussed, choosing the correct flotation support for your calves is important since it will have a significant impact on your running technique. Some people use the leftovers from cutting their wetsuit above the knee where others use foam to put under their compression socks.

Now… Swimrun is a Swedish invention, as is IKEA.

Ok, but what’s the correlation with swimrun?

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