As you may notice, our coaches are super fans of open water events. Maybe because we are living in Stockholm, which is surrounded by water and we get addicted to all types of open water activities. Only last month our coaches participated in 2 events around Stockholm: Riddarfjärdssimningen and Stockholm Triathlon.
So today we prepared a so called “wish list” of open water races around the world which can be interested to water addicted travelers. Let’ start our adventure…
The Stockholm triathlon celebrates 10th anniversary this year (2008-2018). As before, the competition was organized in the central parts of town, with only a few minor changes from previous years. The race’s hub with start, finish and meeting places were located at the magnificent town hall at Kungsholmen. The swimming took place in the glittering Riddarfjärden, the cycle along Norr Mälarstrand, across the Västerbron and Söder Mälarstrand. The closing race took place towards the city, across beautiful Norrbro and by the castle.
It was great event in the center of Stockholm, full of positive and friendly atmosphere. And for our club it was amazing team building opportunity. Our girls swam 1609m distance.
Our coaches are the best, even though 2 of them were on holidays and couldn’t attend. And the biggest surprise was 10th place of our Saima in the race. Congratulations! We are so proud. But also proud of Anna and Hoyi of course.
Our coaches love combining tourism with swimming.
Last year Anna the 6.5 km Bosphorus race and enjoyed Istanbul’s beautiful scenery from the water. Now she is planning to explore England and swim the 14 km Bridge to Bridge, one of Henley Swim’s annual events.
This article is about Swedish swim competitions that you can combine with exploring Stockholm– one of Scandinavia’s capital cities, and arguably known as “the Venice of the North.”
“You can do this. You can do this. Fuck, it’s cold. I can’t really feel my feet. You can do this. You can do this. Ok. we are going to turn around now and then it’s going to be easier with the current. Jeese…Why does not it get better? Ok. I am just gonna slow down and swim on my back. Just breathe.”
That is approximately what was going in my mind during today’s swim. The weather was beautiful: one of this rare in Stockholm warm days with sunshine and cloudless sky. A perfect day for a long swim in Djurgårdsbrunnskanalen.
Me and Anna got there on our bikes, the race wasn’t big, just around 200 people for both the 3,3 km distance(that we were doing)and the shorter 1,1 km stretch. I was feeling great. Until the moment I got into the water. It. was. cold. It felt like the Atlantic ocean in Cape Town. It kind of tickles your feet and you have an urge to get out (at least I do).