Swimrun Life #5 2017 – A word from the editor

I find myself waking up extra early on Sunday mornings with the anticipation of a blissfully long swimrun training day ahead of me. Instead, I put on an ÖTILLÖ cap and stare fondly at my paddles with this year’s race distances scribbled across them. Race days are not all I’m yearning for. It’s the people, the ÖTILLÖ community that I miss.

Race Directors’ Moment: The year is coming to a close

The selection process for the 2018 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship has started and the registration for Director’s Choice and the Ranking application is now open. There are four more ÖTILLÖ qualification races, plus the 7/24 concept.

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Christmas Wish List

A spot at the 2018 ÖTILLÖ WC tops every swimrunner’s Christmas List but you can never have enough training gear either.

Nicolas Remires launches Team Envol, the first swimrun club

Nicolas Remires continues to help take swimrun to the next level. After offering a free 12-week training programme, the personal trainer is back with Team Envol, the first swimrun club.

2017 Ranking Leaders: Consistency puts you on top!

In 2016, we started a Ranking System that we could be as fair as possible when awarding spots to the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship. Before this method, we had to try to sift through hundreds of applications and go with our gut feeling. Now we can finally see its full effect.

Josefine Fast and Maria Möller swimrun for fun

Josefine and Maria started working out three years ago at ages 34 and 37. As team Swimrun4fun, they not only finished the 2017 ÖTILLÖ WC but are No 2 in the 2017 World Series Women’s Team ranking. As they say, “Our ultimate goal is to try to inspire others – we think everyone should be a swimrunner.”

The True Heroes of ÖTILLÖ: Meet Olof Karlsson

Olof drove 7 hours to come and talk to me. I suggested Skyping or a phone call but he insisted, he wanted to see me in person. At the age of 40, Olof weighed 160 kg. He’s now hoping to qualify for the 2019 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun WC via the 24/7 concept.

Eventcare takes care of its swimrun family

Want to know why the pressure bandage is mandatory equipment for an ÖTILLÖ swimrun race? Meet Eventcare, the team that manages and coordinates all of our medical situations on the course. While they are wonderful people we really don’t want to see or talk to them during a race because that means that someone is in need of their assistance.

Swimrun NC sets the course for community outreach

In 2016, Swimrun North Carolina bought Braille signs for the museum at Hanging Rock State Park, where the race takes place. This year, Swimrun NC spent $7,300 on a mobile fire fighting system for one of the parks ATVs. They also connect the elementary schools with the racers. Herbert Krabel shares the philosophy of the non-profit event.

Ida Enstedt creates Garmin swimrun app and becomes a WC swimrunner along the way

Ida Enstedt, a marketing coordinator for Garmin Nordics and part of the team responsible for developing Garmin’s swimrun app, first initiated the collaboration between Garmin and ÖTILLÖ with two successful Garmin sponsored teams. That got her well and truly hooked with the sport and the World Championship.

Why you shouldn’t forget about hydration during winter training

Just because the ÖTILLÖ season has finished, it doesn’t mean you’ve stopped training. And even though it’s winter, you should be thinking about hydration if you want to get the most out of the hours you’re putting in.

On the record: Helen Maalinn

At the age of 10, Helen Maalinn convinced the organiser of a local aquathlon to let her race with the adults. She hasn’t slowed down since.

Photo Pick: Jakob Edholm captures Engadin winner Salli Carlfjord

Those of you who have participated in a few ÖTILLÖ events have probably come across me in the water on one of the swims along the racecourse, popping up from nowhere in my wetsuit and chasing you, almost a little too close, or putting the camera in your face when you least expect it. Sorry, but I like spending time in the water!

Blog of the Month: Why we think you should swimrun in 2018 …

Fancy a fresh physical and mental challenge working as part of a team? Done a triathlon, maybe an ironman, a marathon and want to experience something different? Then swimrun would be a good place to start. Most races offer a short and long course, so you can select a race that’s right for your team’s strengths.

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Aftermath of ÖTILLÖ 2017

You all know that moment, that split second when you realise that something has happened, something that will change your day and maybe even your life. You scream out of pain, physical pain, emotional pain, and you know it’s finished. You see it. You feel it, and your brain registers the fact that ÖTILLÖ is over for you before it really got going.

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Legend: Annika Åstrom

Annika Åstrom, 53, has completed nine ÖTILLÖ World Championships. In her first year there were only 10 women at the start but soon “we will be the majority”.

Merit Race #11: Troll Enez Morbihan

The 48km Troll Enez Morbihan “swim and run” in France crosses the Gulf of Morbihan, which is ranked amongst one of the most beautiful bay’s in the world. The race follows the coastal paths with swim sections up to 1500m while the running parts range from 100m to 17km.

Humanitarian response workers in Iraq team up for ÖTILLÖ swimrun in Germany

Sean Casey and Mitch McTough are both aid workers in Iraq working on the humanitarian response around the offensive against ISIS and the large-scale displacements the terrorist group has caused. They have teamed up for ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes in Germany on October 1. Their biggest challenge? Training in a 16-metre basement pool and running in 40-50°C (104-122°F) temps.

Breaking the 8-hour barrier: Lelle Moberg at ÖTILLÖ WC 2016

In 2016, Lelle Moberg and teammate Daniel Hansson smashed the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship course record crossing the finish line under 8 hours. This year, Lelle will be racing in spirit only as he cheers from the sidelines recovering from an injury.

Swimrun Life #3 2017 – A word from the editor

The ferry ride. As a kid in the Seventies, a ferry ride meant an adventure – water, waves, fun, and freedom to run around, watching the mainland disappear into the horizon. You were leaving the crowded city with its big boring buildings for fresh air on a spacious island, where nature was beckoning to be explored, insects inspected, and tree roots to be tripped on.

Race Directors’ Moment: It has been a whirlwind of a season

It has been a whirlwind of a season.At ÖTILLÖ Utö, most of the teams were terrified of the cold water. In fact, almost everyone baked. At ÖTILLÖ Isles of Scilly, the Atlantic Ocean was like a swimming pool and who will ever forget the last night outside the pub, hanging on the sea wall and watching the sunset together? At ÖTILLÖ Engadin, a mega thunderstorm in the middle of the race clearly showed us all that nature will never be tamed. We now have a couple of weeks to prepare for the 2017 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship. At this point, it’s safe to say that …

ÖTILLÖ LEGEND #3: Jonas Colting

One of Sweden’s most recognised triathletes, Jonas Colting is the only person to compete in every single ÖTILLÖ World Championship race since its inception in 2006. Colting, who promotes swim safety as a way of integrating refugees and immigrants in Sweden, just finished a 300km swim in the Baltic Sea to raise awareness about the need for public swimming pools in the country.

ÖTILLÖ Team 36: The two crazy Mexicans

Living in a small Mexican town like Cordoba, 300 km southeast of Mexico City, training was a hit and miss for us at the beginning. We tried everything, from a triathlon camp in the US to an 18,000-foot volcano. And running in a wetsuit at 35°C was no fun either. Nothing quite worked for us, until we discovered Lake Alchichica, only three hours away. The only problem was no one dared to swim there because it was bewitched.

How to stay hydrated during a swimrun

The trick to prerace hydration is knowing that you cannot simply drink loads and loads of water in the final few days (as many athletes try to do) and store it away for future use. All that drinking lots of extra water does is to increase the amount you need to pee and it can actually be very counter productive if this leads to dilution of the electrolyte levels in your blood.

Campz free Swimrun Guide

André Hook first heard of swimrun almost four years ago, when a triathlon friend sent him the link to the video of the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship 2013. Four years later, an avid swimrunner, André has written a free e-guide for CAMPZ.

A swimrun training adventure

In the summer of 2014, Simon Börjeson and Rasmus Regnstrand were driving across Norway, discussing swimrun training plans. Rasmus suggested that they make an adventure out of it, and Simon, who happened to have a map of Scandinavia on his knee, saw something that grabbed his attention: “Let’s swimrun across Åland Archipelago.”

Brrr … the truth about cold-water swimming

Before the start of Utö in May, 20 athletes swallowed a pill that would register the effects of cold-water swimming on their bodies. The data was then downloaded for research. Jørgen Melau talks to Nancy Heslin about his project.

Meet a World Champion: Eva Nystrom

Eva Nystrom is an accomplished athlete, winning the long-distance duathlon World Cup twice and competing in Ironman Hawaii. Swimrun was a natural transition, and four months after giving birth, she won the ÖTILLÖ World Championship for Mixed Team in 8:49:58.

Meet a World Champion: Adriel Young

Adriel Young has the distinction of being the only non-Swede on the ÖTILLÖ World Championship podium, after winning the 2016 Mixed Team category with Eva Nystrom in 8:49:58. The Australian triathlete may have relocated to Gothenburg but he also launched the first swimrun Down Under last year.

Vivobarefoot and the team building challenge

“Epic”. “Together”. “Cake”. These are the words that sum up Vivobarefoot’s office challenge at ÖTILLÖ Isles of Scilly in June, when the company sent six teams swimrunning for the weekend.

Bonus Blog of the Month “But you are women …”

Kristin Larsson checked into her hotel in Les Salles-sur Verdon. When the receptionist learned she is in town for the SwimrunMan race, he looked at her in disbelief. “The Swimrun race?” he repeated. “But you are women!”

Merit Race #8: Breca Buttermere

The Lake District National Park in the UK is a mecca for endurance sports with its high peaks, glaciated valleys and unparalleled network of trails. Here Ben de Rivaz found Buttermere Valley, with its unique topographical features that make a perfect swimrun destination.

A week of swimrun fun in Croatia

It’s the day after her first ÖTILLÖ swimrun on the Isles of Scilly last year. Sarah Odell is tired and sore and the thought of putting her wetsuit on is just too much to bear. Fast forward 10 months and Sarah is jogging along the coast of Hvar, Croatia, chatting with the other participants of the ÖTILLÖ training camp.

Bringing you to the heart of swimrun

Spocks Family – the roaming social media storyteller – has been covering the sport of swimrun for over four years now, but Robin Danehav can remember the exact moment when its appeal hit the team over the head – and it’s a lot more recent than you might imagine.

Swimrun Life: DECE clothing and the culture of hope

For many years ÖTILLÖ co-founder Mats Skott has been a supporter of DECE clothing in Romania, which began with a ball of wool and a crocheting needle in 2009. The charity now provides a path for families to earn income through their own work, giving hope and setting them free from the downward cycles of poverty.

Merit Race #10: The Amphibious Challenge

When Simon Donato decided to compete in ÖTILLÖ in 2015 for an episode of the TV show Boundless, little did he know that he’d absolutely fall in love with the sport and feel compelled to introduce ÖTILLÖ-style swimrun to Canada.

In the cockpit with Nair and Charlie

Flying is the fastest way to get to the Isles of Scilly, with travel time between 20 to 60 minutes. Female pilots Nair Tate and Charlie Baker give SLM the lowdown on Skybus.

Blog of the month: ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö Race Report – #Bumblebee

Science says that the Bumblebee should not be able to fly since its aerodynamic capabilities are really bad. Of course, this is not something that the Bumblebee bothers too much about with its 200 flaps per second. The conclusion: Screw what you’ve heard. Believe in what you see.

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