Our first Swimrun!

Our first Swimrun!

On July 13th, coach Saima and I (coach Milla) got to participate in our first ever Swimrun competition! Here’s a little bit of background for those of you who haven’t heard of swimrun competitions before:

Swimrun competitions are like triathlons, minus the biking portion. However, instead of running one longer distance followed by a long swimming distance, swimrun competitions consist of several running and swimming transitions. For example, the competition can begin with a 6 km run, followed by a 500m swim, followed by a 1km run, and so on. The competition apparel is usually the following: a swimrun wetsuit, which has a zipper in the front (compared to triathlon suits, which zip in the back), swimrun shoes (YES, you even swim with shoes on!), swim cap, goggles, paddles (for a stronger pull), and a pull-buoy (which helps prevent your legs from sinking from the weight of the shoes and also helps give your legs a break). 

The swimrun that we competed in was the Kalmar Swimrun. This specific course consisted of 18 km of running and 3.5 km of swimming, and you can see the course map below. What was special about this race was that it was done all done in pairs, so Saima and I swam and ran the entire distance side-by-side. In fact, the rules enforced that each pair had to be within 10 meters of each other at all times. It was an especially cool track, since we literally got to swim and run throughout the city of Kalmar- definitely an awesome way to get to see so much in such a short time! We even got to swim and run near the famous Kalmar Castle! There were roughly 200 competitors at this race, and we were amongst the few international competitors there.

Here is an overview of our race day!

9.00– Check-in for the race begins and a general information meeting is held in Swedish and English.

9.30– Quick warm-up run.

10.00– Race begins!

13.01– We crossed the finish line with a time of 3:01.44 and placed 3rd in the women’s division!

15.15– Prize ceremony begins, and the top 3 finishers from each division (Women’s teams, Men’s teams, Mixed teams) were awarded medals and gifts from the sponsors.

15.45– We explored Kalmar and the nearby Öland for the rest of the day!

Overall, this race was really fun yet challenging at the same time! It was so awesome that we placed so well at our first Swimrun, and I can’t wait to compete in another one!

Written by: Coach Milla 

Our coaches at Swim Open Stockholm

Our coaches at Swim Open Stockholm

On Saturday, Coach Saima and I (Milla Holmen)got the chance to spectate the Swim Open Stockholm competition, which was the third leg of the Nordic Swim Tour. The Nordic Swim Tour is a three weekend long competition featuring meets in three Nordic cities- Helsinki, Bergen, and lastly, Stockholm. These meets brought some of the world’s BEST swimmers, including Sarah Sjӧstrom, Katinka Hosszú, and other Olympic swimmers and world record holders, all to the same pool, and needless to say, was quite the event to watch.

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Top open water swims around the world

Top open water swims around the world

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…

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Stockholm Triathlon 2018

Stockholm Triathlon 2018

Whats is your best plan for weekends? Our coaches can’t get enough of summer races which Stockholm offers to any sport addicted person. This time our co-founders Anna and Oxana have participated in Stockholm Triathlon.

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.

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Riddarfjärdssimningen – 2018

Riddarfjärdssimningen – 2018

18th of August was a special day for our Club and many other swimmers in Stockholm. Our coaches participated in open water race Riddarfjärdssimningen.

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.

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Stockholmssimmet: we did it!

Stockholmssimmet: we did it!

“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.

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Me and Anna. Scared and pumped before the race.

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).

– Why am I doing it?, I asked Anna.

– Because you love swimming

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