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Tips & Tricks

Based upon our own experience we can suggest the following tips & tricks:
  • Paddles, pullbuoy, fins are allowed. But don't forget that the more material you're carrying with you the more parameters could go wrong.
  • Practice if you're better off without pullbuoy or not. If it helps you for swimming but it bothers you for running.....

  • Don't choose your paddles TO big. You must swim 3 km with them. Once on the way you cannot decide not to wear them. You will need to carry them around till the end.
  • Swimming with fins could be an option. You will swim much faster with them. But also remember you will need to drag them along with you during the running segments and you will lose time at each transition by putting them on and off again.
  • The secret resides in good transitions. Ensure them to be smooth and successful.
    • While still running and approaching the water, already put on your swim cap and close you’re wetsuit (if you opened it). Make sure the only thing left to do by reaching the water is to put on your swim glasses and your paddles.
    • When getting out of the water one will be quicker to start running then another. Some people might encounter dizziness. This can be reduced by training. It’s a matter of swimming short distances and running in between them to get used to it.
  • Because of the frequent succession of swimming and running sections you can loose track on where you are? How big is the next running section? To avoid this most people write the distances down on their paddles or arms. As well as the supply posts. This allows you to position you back onto the race track.
  • You will run 33km (long distance). A wet suit with long legs will result in extra resistance. You should seriously consider cutting the legs of your suit just above the knee.
    • While running you often will lower the upper part of your wet suit onto your hips to avoid overheating. A classical suit , with the zipper closing bottom up, is more suitable because you can zip it yourself while running. The more modern suits (zipper closing bottom down) are a good fit for triathlon but less for swimrun.
    • Foresee light-weight shoes , that let water pass through and still provide a good grip. You will be running with those wet shoes over sandy, rocky and forest soil underground. You need grip!
    • The water will still be very cold at the beginning of May, a neoprene cap under the mandatory race cap will keep your head warm. Cold water could cause you headaches , and also diminished body functionalities due to undercooled brains.
    • For athletes having not exactly the same speed, a string can be interesting. Remember it’s again an extra parameter. Favor an elastic string. During running the stretch will absorb a good share of the shocks of the trail running. During swimming it will assure you that your wingman is still following.
    • Use colorless swim glasses. You need to see where you’re swimming to. Swimming straight will spare you from trouble.
    • Consider the use of warm-up gels for your legs, arms and back. The first water contact is very cold, thereafter it improves because of the running.
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