How to stay happy while undergoing physical and mental torture during training and competition

So, here you are all prepped-up to do a swimrun race. Training has gone well, preparations are on point and you and your partner are aligned in both spirit and performance. But then post-race, you can’t really shake that feeling of being uncomfortable, or lacking happiness. What happened and why do I feel like this? The post-race feeling What many can experience just after a race is a state of …

The next generation swimrunners – How do we involve the youth?

Any development of a sport is hinged on the constant inflow of new participants and for a sport to really grow steadily over time, this inflow has to consist of foremost younger participants. Currently swimrun is growing fast, both when it comes to participants but also formats for how to swimrun. Compared to the “old days” in the 10 year-or so young sport, with only few races, today a participant …

Why novice runners stop running?

Running seems an obvious activity: we start as kids without too much thinking and rapidly enjoy running after a ball, to catch up with siblings or friends and many other reasons known only by the imaginative child’s brain. However, as a sporting activity it’s not practiced by every adult, and many lose this natural ability. For swimrunning, this is a problem as it’s a rather important part of our sport. …

Swimrun in ice cold water – Stay fat

It’s that time of the year! The southern hemisphere swimrun season is kicking-in with many cool races like the Frogman swimrun in Australia or the Torpedo Swimrun in South Africa. But the season in the north is not over yet, far from it! Coming up are a couple of fun and challenging winter swimruns, and next in line is the cold Hellas Frostbite swimrun. Swimming during winter is growing in …

How do you get stronger in swimrun racing?

Well, luckily for us, 2 new studies have just been published, looking into this specific phenomenon. In the 1st study, 390 long-distance triathletes answered a survey looking into their strength training habits, focusing on what barriers they primarily experienced for this type of complementary training. Coming as no surprise, time was reported as the main constraint, but more surprisingly, many also reported lack of knowledge on how to properly perform …

Are you an (swimrun) iron dad?

How do you partake in endurance sports at the same time as managing the role as a father, husband or employee? All while withstanding a rigoruous training regimen of up to 20 hous per week? Iron dads is a group that previously hasn’t been looked into much, but there is an interesting study investigating this phenomenon, analysing how this level of training can cause things like ‘sporting guilt’ i.e., a …

The World’s First Book On Swimrun

We are happy to share the world’s first swimrun book with you. The book was written pro-bono with the sole purpose to help guide beginners and more advanced swimrunners to further explore what swimrun is all about. Download it free via the link below and please share with your friends! Please enjoy and happy reading! Nic /The WoS Team   P.S. The book is available via www.worldofswimrun.com  

Shoes’ comfort can modify your gait

Anybody who had to run with shoes that don’t fit can attest how importance it is to get comfortable shoes. A simple discomfort can rapidly turn into a cause for withdrawal, or at least for changing the gait. But how do you measure “comfort”? This is a very subjective, not easy to evaluate.  Meyer et al (2018) investigated the influence of perceived footwear comfort on the variability of running kinematics …

Can water resistant sun cream protect you in swimrun?

The summer is finally arriving and it’s wise to protect our skin against the damages the sun may cause, including skin cancer. Comes in the trusted sun cream. They have various protection levels of Sun Protection Factor (SPF) and some are even “water resistant”. Perfect for swimrun, yes? Well, not so fast. “Which ?” the famous British comparison magazine has tested creams claiming to be water resistant. They found that …

Drink Coffee and Swim Faster

Caffeine’s positive effect on endurance exercise is well-known, but when should you drink it and does it necessarily need to be hot? No, of course not, unless it’s really cold outside, then it can be a good idea. Often you will find caffeine-energy at aid stations during a race and for long races it’s a good thing to continuously keep to a healthy level of intake. Otherwise you risk a …