Step up your game and train for a longer swimrun event

As a sponsor of what is known as the toughest and most rewarding race in the world, ÖTILLÖ, we’re always looking to drive the sport to new levels and help to get you involved. With this in mind, we have teamed up pro-Swimrun racer and trainer Nicolas Remires to bring you an 8-part Series, running you through everything you’ll need to know before you run your first ÖTILLÖ race. Nicolas has over 10 years experience as a Swimrun racer and hosts the official training camps for ÖTILLÖ, so you could say he is the best in the game.

Next up in our collaboration Nicolas will discuss how to step up your game with an 8 week training plan for your first long distance swimrun.


You have completed your first swimrun. It was a short one and you probably had a great experience and cant wait for your next challenge. You can of course keep doing that comfortable short race that you know you can handle … but since you decided to try this sport in the first place I guess you want more!

With your partner, you decide to go for longer adventure now. It is time to find a longer race.

What I call a long swimrun race is the length of an ÖtillÖ qualifier, between ≈35 to ≈50km total. The swims can easily be up to 10 km. There are some even longer races called ultra swimrun and then, of course, the World Championships ÖtillÖ. These extreme races will take more than 10 hours and in my opinion, they will require more years of experiences in endurance sports.

Choose your first long swimrun well. Spend time studying race maps and profiles to find the perfect one, adapted to your team level and strengths. And maybe it’s time to have a look at your equipment, do you need to add or change something?

A longer race will call for more training. You should be used to running several hours non-stop. And then swim with a tired body. And up again!

Make sure to squeeze in a few coffee catch up sessions in the training plan as well. It is important you and your teammate keep talking to each other about your roles in the team. Is the training going well? Do you still agree on the plan? Maybe you or your partner would like to change something? Talk about this now.  This will mean you (hopefully!) avoid any arguments in the future. If you are close as a team, with a plan that you both agreed on, then you can finish the race and know that you did your best and embrace each other at the finish line. With or without Champagne raining down on you.


8 weeks to be ready for your long distance swimrun

(Long ≈35-50km inc 20% of swimming)



Alan Lund

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