Utö Swimrun 2017 Race Report “Strength, Energy and Harmony”
The last time we raced in Utö we missed a right turn marker and ended up running around the island like two headless chickens. Oops!..it was a small mistake but one with big consequences! So this year we decided to do things differently, we studied the course. It paid off because it taught us a whole lot more then just knowing when to turn left or right….in fact we concluded that Utö was going to be an extreme case of “judging effort against output”.
“Pleased to meet you Miss Jugo”…
Sometimes I wonder, what drives Jasmina and me to sign up for these ÖtillÖ swimrun races? I think the answer lies in the fact that it gives us a break from our daily routines where everything is pretty much planned and controlled most of the time. In order to reach the finish line in ÖtillÖ events you have to be able to “let go and adapt”.
Pic: Fuertaventura training camp with the family
“Revving up the engine before releasing the clutch..!”
This particular topic has been sitting in the back of my mind for a while but I guess now is the right time to write something about it. ÖtillÖ Hvar swimrun is less than a month away so now it’s more important than ever to work your way towards the startline.
Pic: PJ and me doing some sprint sessions on the beach in Nice, France
swimrun training philosophy - part 3
Intensity In the previous two blogs (i.e. Part 1 and 2) I talked about setting up a preliminary training plan and what to train in the base & build-up phase. In this blog I will make an attempt to explain “how we train”.
Picture description: training camp in Turkey a few years back...O legs.....like father like son.
What to train? Base Phase vs Build-up
In Part one I talked about the importance of key training motivators, how to set-up a preliminary race plan and the meaning of a holistic training philosophy. In part two I will try to explain the difference between the base phase and build-up phase. As mentioned I plan to do three A races this year with Jasmina (i.e. Hvar, Utö and ÖtillÖ). We are now in the base period which will run until mid Feb. Then follow three specific build-up phases (which will be different in duration) but all with the objective to get in race shape and peak on race day.
Me: Thomas Schreven
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