So you've probably trained for a running event before, possibly trained for a swimming event or triathlon before. The key difference is you will be racing with a partner in unusual attire.
Firstly check out my race tips.
The partner aspect is the key difference. Train with your partner if you can. If you can't then not to worry, you'll just have to treat the first third of your swimrun race as training... this can go well, and it can go very wrong. It's all great learning.
The second thing to get your head around is running in your wetsuit - it's perfectly OK to cut down an old wetsuit and race in this. Although the first time you cut your wetsuit it feels like sacrilege, it is how many swimrunners start. You may want to invest in a swimrun specific wetsuit further down the line, among other things these have the advantage of having the zip on the front. There are many run sections that you will want to unzip your wetsuit. The easier it is to do this the faster your transition will be.
So wetsuit sorted - put it on and go for a run!
An informative article on running in a wetsuit has been translated by our friends at World of Swimrun written by Swedish running coach Fredrik Zillen.
Swimming in trainers is no drama. It's just like swimming, except you've got trainers on. I am going to be writing another blog post on swimrun footwear and "leg wear" soon.
Next up is to try swimming, transitioning and running with a tow system. Coming from a kayaking and white water perspective I was initially very reluctant to tether myself to someone else in the water with lots of other potentially crazy swimmers! The old "water and ropes don't mix" adage is forever present. It's a bit of a "fixed mindset" adage... swimrun however is undoubtedly a growth mindset endeavour.
Firstly you won't be using a rope you'll be using a thin bungee. Secondly you will use a clip/karabiner that should break given significant forces. So in summary don't worry about it at all. You won't realise how effective it is until you try it. So try it.
Something that might catch newcomers out is you get given a race bib to race in. This makes unzipping and peeling down your wetsuit slightly more awkward, and will add a little extra drag on your swim.
Try all of the above whilst wearing an old race t-shirt to mimic the bib.
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