How you recover from a long hard swimrun race

Did you do the ÖtillÖ Hvar race this weekend, or about to do the upcoming Costa Brava Swimrun Race? Regardless. If you finish, then your preparations were good enough. You fought through tough conditions and challenging elements and made it through the raw beautiful nature. Swimrun at its best. As it should be. But what happens to your body and muscles after such a tough race? After a race it’s …

How to swim smart, fast and save energy during a swimrun race – 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 …

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 …

How to improve your swimrun in only 5 weeks time

Train less and smart and still improve your swimrun performance! High-intensity intermittent training (HIIT) is an interval training exercise where you perform short periods of high-intensity training, which is followed by a much shorter and significantly low-intensity period. You basically repeat this until you are too tired to continue. Normally, this way of training will take no more than 30 minutes, excluding warm-up and cool-off, which is excellent if you …

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 …

The Day After ÖtillÖ – How the body recovers

WoW, what a race. Tough conditions and challenging elements, just like it should be. ÖtillÖ really presented itself from its best side, the raw beautiful nature! And still we saw sub-8 hour times! But how does +75 km of fighting in these harsh conditions affect the body, and what should you think about when trying to recover? Apart from pizza and beer, there are some quick tips to have in …

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 …

Does the cooling effect in swimrun let you go longer and harder?

Why does it feel like you can swimrun forever? Well, sort of. When running on that hard and long stage in the sun heating up in you wetsuit, many of us have experienced fighting with these nasty thoughts of giving up. Overheating can be really tough on your physical performance and also on your psyche. But then you hit the waterline, swim for a short distance and feel the cool water trickling …

Risks and dangers for racers in Swimrun

As a prelude to the discussion about the risks of Swimrun on the body, it seems essential to present this activity in full expansion in Europe and throughout the world. There were 40 races in Europe (2-3 countries maximum) but today there are more than 50 events in France alone. France being the second nation after Sweden the cradle of the discipline in terms of race and competitor. But this …

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 …