The journey for me started quite late. An innocent conversation with a long time old time swim buddy in Jan 17 (the event was March 17), “Shall we try something different – Breca Wanaka Sprint”. And so it was that Olympic swimmer Murray Burdan and I came to this new world of swimrun.
Swimrun places unique demands on your shoes. They need to perform across craggy hilltops, mountain tarns, rugged trails and glittering lakes. The athletes’ interaction with these landscapes is central to the Breca Swimrun experience, and in inov-8 we found a partner that shared this ethos.
For me, swimrun offers the chance to combine running over the rugged mountain terrain that I’d expect to find fell running with adventure swimming...
Coming ashore from Stevenson’s island on the west side of the inlet we climbed up to a balcony track with views over the portage at the north end and back down over the island to Dublin Bay. I’ve never been anywhere near here before and we got there unaided wearing wetsuits. What a wonderful sport.
The first part of the race was great, we were both feeling good and we were relaxed. We took a bit of a detour allowing the team behind to nearly catch us, this was when panic stations hit and we really pushed the long swim and long run to get back out of sight.
By any measure Breca Wanaka 2017 exceeded our expectations: both the outstanding performances throughout the field and the warmth and generosity of the local community and the volunteers who supported the event.
At a swimrun event we are not talking about waste on the scale of the coffee cup, but we felt it was important to do what we could to reduce our impact. So Breca Wanaka, on March 25th in New Zealand’s South Island, will be the first swimrun event to send not a single cup to waste.
"The team aspect is the defining element of swimrun. This rubs off on the whole race day environment, where you have not only a teammate but rival teams to share the pre-race banter and post-race endorphins."
“Do not attempt to train using the swim to Worm’s Head. There is a real risk to life if the route is used at the wrong time due to the dangerous currents and tidal flows in this area”. So began a safety warning I sent recently to our Breca Gower competitors...
You can strengthen your muscles to cope with these demands and avoid picking up problems with your calf muscles, Achilles tendons, plantar fascia and toes. These only need to be performed a couple of times a week...
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