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Tips & Tricks

Based upon our own experience we can suggest the following tips & tricks:
  • Paddles, pull-buoys and fins are allowed. However, don't forget that the more material you carry with you the more can go wrong.
  • Practice to determine whether you're better off with or without a pull-buoy. It might help you for swimming but bother you while running.....

  • Don't choose paddles which are TOO large. You must swim 3 km with them and on route you cannot decide not to wear them. You may not get rid of them and will need to carry them until the end.
  • Swimming with fins could be an option. You will definitely swim much faster. But also remember you will need to carry them during the running parts and you will lose time at each transition by putting them on and taking them off again.
  • The secret resides in good transitions. Make sure they are smooth and successful.
    • When approaching the water, already put on your swim cap , prepare your goggles and close your wetsuit (if you opened it) while still running. Make sure the only thing left to do when reaching the water is to put on your goggles and your paddles.
    • When leaving the water some will be able to start running faster than others. You might encounter dizziness. This phenomenon can be reduced by training. It’s a matter of swimming short distances and running in between those to get used to the feeling.
  • Because of the frequent successions of swimming and running parts you might start to lose the general overview of the race. How long is the next running section ? When is the next swimming section ? To avoid this, most people note the respective distances on their paddles or arms. Include the supply posts. This allows you to position yourself on the race track.
  • You will run 33km (Long distance). A wetsuit with long legs causes extra resistance. You should seriously consider cutting the legs of your suit just above the knee.
    • While running you will often lower the upper part of your wetsuit onto your hips to avoid overheating. A traditional wetsuit , with the zip closing bottom-up, is more suitable because you can zip it yourself while running. More modern suits (zip closing bottom-down) are well-suited for triathlon but less so for Swimrun.
    • Foresee light-weight shoes which let water pass through and still provide a good grip. You will be running with those wet shoes over sand, rocks and forest soil. 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 can cause headaches and can potentially decrease body functionalities due to cooling of the brain.
    • For athletes who don't run or swim at the same speed, a rope can be interesting. But remember : it’s again an additional parameter. Go for an elastic rope. When running, the stretch will absorb a good share of the shocks of the trail running. When swimming, it will assure you that your wingman is still following.
    • Use colorless swimming goggles. You need to see where you're heading. Swimming in a straight line will save you lots of trouble.
    • Consider the use of warm-up gels for your legs, arms and back. The first water contact is very cold; afterwards it improves because of the running.
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    Track Changes

    6 January 2018
    Track Changes
    38km and 28km
    Also for this edition, we included some track changes to keep it interesting.
    Now there is even less tarmac to run and 1 climb extra to conquer.

    18km
    To make it easier on the debutants, we decided to remove the longest and coldest swim section out of the track.
    The athletes of the short distance are allowed to come to the finishing line via the dam instead of the swim.