Interview – Åland Swimrun a September challange

Why åland swimrun? With an archipelago consisting of 6757 islands and a water area of 11990 square kilometers there could hardly be a more suitable location for arranging a unique swimrun- event. We ensure our participants an experience that will not soon be forgotten! Åland Swimrun shall from the start be “tough enough” – both for the experienced athlete but also for the curious exerciser.The longer distance (LONG) raced in …

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

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 …

2017 Swimrun Equipment Test Results – SHOES

Besides the wetsuits shoes are the most important item in swimrunning. First of all they have to fit and to be comfortable for you. Furthermore it is interesting how the shoes work on different grounds – stone, forest trails and narrow paths – both dry and wet. As you’re going to swim with it (most of us will do so) it’s also a question of draining the water and performing …

Paddles in swimrun – How far can they be developed?

“To all whom it may concern:” Robert Henry Wallace Dunlop wrote already in 1876 and little did he know that his letter to the US Patent Office would come to affect swimming from that moment on, up until today. What Robert had invented was the heart-shaped swim paddle with accompanied swim fins. After years of field testing he felt confident that his hand-and-foot-plate invention would “help improve human locomotion in …

2017 Swimrun Equipment Test Results – WETSUITS

Wetsuits are arguably the most important piece of equipment in swimrun training and racing. It should provide good buoyancy, keep you warm in the water but also be easy to run in on land and to ventilate or ‘cab down’ (fold down the upper part) in hot conditions. This is the major difference compared to regular triathlon or open water wetsuits, only used for swimming. A good swimrun wetsuit should …

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

  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 …

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

This 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 …

Worlds first ever swimrun adventure in Lofoten?

Are you tired of sitting down behind that desk? Are you looking for that top ten adventure to tick off on your bucket list? Team Ultraswimrun, pioneers in the adventure and multi-day swimrun discipline, packed their wetsuits and took off for a long weekend in Lofoten, one of the most beautiful and scenic places Norway has to offer. Over several days Johanna, Anders and Fredrik from the team explored what Lofoten …

For the love of swimrun

Why do we do it?  Why do so many of us try swimrun, fall in love with it, and tend to never go back to whatever racing we came from?

Well, we believe the answer to be quite simple yet difficult to describe in words, since a big part of the explanation lies within the raw beauty of the swimrun scenery. Listening to the few podcasts, or reading the handful of swimrun-blogs available, adding to this the ever growing number of cover-articles in magazines, there is one thing that the interviewees and reporters constantly comes back to, the undoubted experience of the swimrunner having had really fun while racing. It’s usually not said straight out or explained in-depth, but it’s something that can be identified in between the lines of the persons description of how fun it was, to first swim and then run and then swim and run and….

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