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October 4, 2018

SWIMRUN SERIES| Race Preparation | How to plan your season

In the past few weeks we have been talking about preparing for races. Keeping with this theme, in this post we will be talking about how to plan for the season.

Planning your Swimrun season well is the key enjoying a season that is rewarding and fit to our way of life and expectations.

Thinking through what you want to accomplish during the season and choosing the right locations for the big races can determine whether your season ends up being a success or a failure.

Next, we will explain the main requirements to consider when planning for the upcoming season:

 

TIP 1 | Discuss Your Goals for the Season

As we talked about in our other videos, determining your goals for the season is a starting point to being able to plan the races that you will choose for the season.

First of all, it is important to know whether you are taking on this challenge as an adventure, in which the most important thing is the experience of doing a swimrun race, or if on the contrary you have a more competitive goal such as qualifying for the Ötillö World Championship. This factor can greatly affect the races you choose as you will have to focus on qualifying or merit races.

If that is the case for you, races like Breca Buttermere could be a great option. Breca Buttermere is the top event in the Breca Swimrun series, which is made up of several races in unique places around the world, from New Zealand to the United Kingdom.

If you prefer a more urban environment and somewhere easier to get to, a great alternative could be Stockholm Swimrun, which is an Ötillö merit race as well. This swimrun is held in the heart of Sweden. It is a Mecca of Swimrun, in an urban setting that is not typical for these types of races, but that certainly provide you with a unique experience.

Finally, if your goals are not as competitive and you are looking for a more familiar and recreational environment, the Gravity Race series held in different parts of France is an ideal choice for those starting out in the sport. These series are held in idyllic settings that are close to large cities which allows you to enjoy nature in an accessible way and in a familiar environment.

 

TIP 2 | Make Sure Your Goal Is Compatible with the Amount of Time You Devote to Training

We have all been told at some point that while the goals we have set sound very good, unfortunately they are unrealistic in practice.

Therefore, once you have your calendar in hand, it is important to reflect on whether your goals are realistic to undertake. To do this, in the first place you will need to consider whether these goals are accessible from a physical preparation standpoint, that is, asking yourself whether your body is able to withstand the distances you will be covering and the timetable that you have set.

In addition to this, you will have to consider whether your lifestyle is compatible with the preparation you will have to do for the races, in terms of both the trainings that you will have to complete, and preparation from a nutritional point of view (which will be complicated if your work requires you to travel a lot) or from an economic point of view, because although investing in the equipment is not as expensive as with triathlons for example, tickets, travel and accommodations for some races can be quite costly.

As if that was not enough, as we know it takes two to compete in Swimrun, so it is not only important to ask yourself these questions, but also your partner, so that you do not run into problems later on.

 

TIP 3 | Start with an Easy/Short Run and Progressively Increase

As with almost everything in life, although we may believe that we are prepared to undertake a more ambitious challenge, it is better that we start with a small goal that we know we will be able to accomplish without too many problems before embarking on an adventure of higher caliber.

It is better to start with an accessible challenge and keep yourself "wanting more" than to choose an overly ambitious one and be left with a bad taste in your mouth. This applies to both the physical difficulty of the race itself and the hassle of logistics and travel as well. If you can start with a closer goal that will be better to get started.

So, start with a small challenge and slowly increase the difficulty so that you will be able to complete the whole season just as you planned.

Listen to our athletes' opinion in the next video!

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