“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”.
“……..Mother Nature Always Wins”
I don’t think there is a sport today where you are so exposed to the elements as swim running. Unique environments away from urban civilisation this sport brings you back to the roots of being human: survival and taking care of each other! This may sound exaggerated to some but at least for me this race weekend in Rheinsberg, Germany turned out to be a crazy cocktail of extreme impressions. On Saturday we were having coffee and cakes with our friends Nancy and PJ from Team Monaco Life in a local café. Less then 24 hours later we were literally crawling out of the cold water on both hands and knees. Completely disoriented I remember muttering to Jasmina: “Are you OK?”....being cold just got a new meaning this weekend.
After a one year break from the swimrun scene due to a broken foot and the birth of our daughter we decided to register for Lake to Lake swimrun. In fact it was our first race together after Porkkala swimrun in 2015.
Filled with enthusiasm we decided to practice the course based on a course map we downloaded and printed from the website. Now it is important to know that we have a tendency to get off the course so finding our way to the first lake was really impressive. We even managed to get to the second lake after running in circles for an hour or so. The fact that our badly packed course map got soaking wet when it started to rain did not help to find our way around but hey….at least we could use it as a bad excuse for getting lost. Having practiced the course for the first 3km’s we eventually returned to the car and officially agreed (for once) that we both suck at orienteering. Thank goodness the course was going to be marked on race day otherwise we would not even finish the race.
Me: Thomas Schreven
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