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Preparing for Rottnest Swimrun, tips from the pros!

January 19, 2018

With around 8 weeks to go until the race, many people will be starting to get a bit nervous, especially those participating for the first time. Questions like these will be popping up:

 

- Am I doing the right mix of training?

- Do I have the right gear to race in?

- Will I finish the race with my relationship to my partner still in tact?!

 

All legitimate questions at this point in time.

 

In order to help you out, we asked some of the best performing Swimrun athletes from Rottnest Swimrun 2017 to send us their "pro tips" on anything from training, preparation, gear, or the race itself. Find out what they had to say below!

 

Gary Couanis (1st overall and mixed category winner)

 

"Pace yourself. The course is quite easy early on with short runs and swims that are flat and protected. The second half of the race is long, exposed and hilly - really tough if you've already 'hit the wall'."

 

 

Emily Loughnan (1st overall and mixed category winner)

 

“Be prepared for running across all sorts of terrain. Lots of sand running, scrambling over rocks, undulating trails and fast open roads. Last year I raced in a lightweight racing flat which I had cut a slit on laterally near the sole to assist water drainage.”