5 Tips On How to Prepare for a Swimrun Race by Nicolas Remires

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5 tips on how to prepare for a swimrun race


BY NICOLAS REMIRES

Nicolas Remires is one of the true legends of the young sport of swimrun. This Stockholm-based Frenchman has reached Top 10 qualification in four consecutive ÖtillÖ World Championships, including 3rd place in 2015. He also has an amazing six ÖtillÖ World Series podium finishes, including a gold at Uto. This all came after a prolific career in endurance and multi-sports. While still a strong contender at each race, Nicolas now runs Team Envol, the first international swimrun team, and acts as Head Coach at Envol Coaching.

5 tips on how to prepare for a swimrun race


BY NICOLAS REMIRES

Nicolas Remires is one of the true legends of the young sport of swimrun. This Stockholm-based Frenchman has reached Top 10 qualification in four consecutive ÖtillÖ World Championships, including 3rd place in 2015. He also has an amazing six ÖtillÖ World Series podium finishes, including a gold at Uto. This all came after a prolific career in endurance and multi-sports. While still a strong contender at each race, Nicolas now runs Team Envol, the first international swimrun team, and acts as Head Coach at Envol Coaching.

1. Do your homework and learn as much as possible about the race you signed up for.

This is the easiest thing to do to get some confidence. It only requires time. Use the organiser advises and contents, use application like google map, check previous editions results and times (especially split times to give you an idea about the time it will take to complete some sections of the race), find information about the race on forums.

2. Do not let your partner down: be as ready as possible physically and mentally.

You have committed to an event with a partner. You are not alone in this adventure. To make the team perform at its best, the two partners have to be at their best. Do your training for the team. Your partner is doing his training and he will expect you to do the same. Do not disappoint.

3. Follow a specific running training plan.

The better you will run and the better your result will be. Swimrun is a mix of two activities. You have to be at your best in this two activities. When you know the distances of your race, follow a specific running training (oriented marathon, half marathon or 10km). Running in a club or group can also have benefits to push yourself harder.

4. Swim as much as you can and get tips and observations.

Swimming is a technical activity that requires corrections and repetitions of the right drill. Contact a local instructor to give you advises and film you. It is always good to see your in action to understand more your mistakes and to see your improvements. Do not neglect the swimming. Some swimming sections can be really long and you might spend lots of time in the water.

5. Know your partner and listen to each other.

You are two in the adventure and you have to stay together all the way to the finish line. To do the best performance, you will have to help each other and get the best out of you two. If you can not train together often (or not at all), communicate during the weeks (months) before the race. The best is to train together often and have a good relation out of the sport. Try to swim in open water together and see how you will be able to swim the fastest as a team. Get used to the towing line if you are using it.

ABOUT NICOLAS


Nicolas Remires  is a french multi-sports athlete and endurance sports coach in Stockholm, Sweden. After obtaining a Master’s Degree at the University of Health and Sports in Font-Romeu, France, he traveled, lived and raced all over the world, to finally settle in Stockholm, Sweden with his wife. When he moved here he created “Le Peloton”, a popular cycling group, still riding every Wednesday and Friday!

He’s coaching athletes of all levels, for races from sprint triathlon to ironman distance, 5km running to ultra marathon, open water swimming, swimrun and cycling. He’s also organizing popular Swimrun events and training sessions for companies of all sizes.

His achievements as an athlete include: ÖtillÖ World Championships (3rd, 4th, 6th and 8th from 2015 to 2018), , ÖtillÖ Utö (1st in 2015, 2nd in 2018), ÖtillÖ Hvar (4th in 2017, 3rd in 2018), ÖtillÖ 1000 Lakes (2nd in 2017, 3rd in 2018), ÖtillÖ Cannes (2nd in 2018), Borås Swimrun (1st in 2015 and 2016, 2nd in 2014), 2nd Ångaloppet (2014, 2015), many marathons, triathlons (sprint to Ironman), and cycling races.

He’s the founder and leader of Team Envol, international swimrun team (teamenvol.com)

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