Tuesday, 15 August 2017

20107-09: Ångaloppet

The idea came up as the water in Brunnsviken lake were still ice-covered. The two of us met some years ago and did what we always do – running, chatting and laughing. A few years ago Dan and I bumped into each other at a cosy hostel outside of El Bolson in the middle of Patagonia. Instantly we got on great and since that time our paths seem to cross regularly. He moved to Stockholm a some years ago and eventually I ended up there as well. One icy winter morning we were out on a loop around Haga Parken and chatted about SwimRun. At that time Dan and his friends were in the preparation phase for their first race in Western Australia – Rottnest SwimRun. Having caught the SwimRun bug some years ago while competing durng the Utö SwimRun, he and his friends were keen to bring the sport to Australia. What they created with there is not far from being stunning. The first edition was a success and I’m sure the one next year will top everything again. As well organising a race Dan was keen to have another go himself. So we agreed to sign up for a classic in the Swedish SwimRun diary – Ångaloppet.

Several preparation gatherings later it was “Go-Time” this past Sunday. Ångaloppet is down to 22 kilometres of jagged and technical trail running split up by a total of 2k of swimming through Nyköping’s archipelago which contains the Ången Lake and the Baltic Sea. The swimming portion is broken down to 24 pieces which makes this competition pretty unique. Changeovers must be fast and are often tricky as the swim entrance and exits contain slippery or steep rocks. A varied course that takes its tool and displays why team tactics and swift changes are so important.

Furthermore the organisers laid out humble equipment rules to keep everything simple and straight forward. It is forbidden to use fins, hand-paddles and teams are not allowed to be connected with a rope. Most of the line-ups choose to wear normal swim trunks or neoprene shorts. This year the rulebook got amended so at least one part of the equipment must contain neoprene or another floating material. Dan and I opted for trail shoes, neoprene shorts, big pullbouys and calf guards with floating material. With the race-experience still in mind and stroke by all the changeovers, I would leave the swim googles and the pullbuoy at home next time I do this race. I totally value this modest concept and I can see this layout of SwimRun racing to have success abroad as the sport gets bigger and bigger. In warmer climate and in areas where a course with lots of short swims is possible this is unquestionably a format that will attract people. Competitors do not need much gear to compete and the short run and swim slices are doable for all fitness levels.

After the usual start hassle that contained some fiddly trails early on, Dan and I ran along with a pleasant pace. The first run piece is the longest and line-ups spread out fast. Out of all SwimRun competitions I did so far the Ångaloppet must have been by far the best marked course. The route was fundamentally a hand-rail along off-trail through thick forest, rocks, mud ponds, techy trails and smooth gravel roads. Signs a couple of 100 meters before every swim section made sure the equipment is in place as you approach the waters. On top of that signs at the swim entry displayed the imminent distance and made sure that you know which of the 24 swim sections you are about to tackle.

Looking back it feels like the race just flew by. With the relentless challenges the course offered, especially the tricky running sectors, the mind got taken off so easily. Paired with faultless weather this was a great day out with a good friend. It is so cool to struggle and enjoy an experience like this with a good friend! See you next year Ånga Gard!

Tune of the day: Fashawn - Stars

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Stockholms Stadion

The venue of the 1912 Olympic Games is also the regular spot for our weekly track gatherings. Open to the public and still in an exceptionally good and incredible spotless condition, the 14,417 capacity ground is something really special and a huge motivation booster when it comes to simple and hard track work. With a total of 83 records the “Stadion” (as the Stockholmers call it) has seen more athletics world records broken than any other arena in the world. Certainly we do not help to increase this figure even more.

Tune of the day: Not a huge fan of the new Sean Price album but still in love with Boom" Bye" Yeah

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

2017-08: Öloppet

"Do not ask - Every time you remind me I can feel the fxxxxxx pain!". It is a sporadic sight. Seeing Knut harassed and in agony is something that I have not observed often. Well, he looks fatigued sometimes, but pain is not something that one would associate with the GSP's notorious "Über-Hobbit". So it is no wonder that a modest sporting undertaking was not the trigger for Knut’s bad mood. Some native jellyfish enjoyed the irreplaceable flavour of raw Norwegian meat as we floated the first 1100 meter swim section headed for Köpstadsö isle during Saturday’s Öloppet.

The spectacular southern archipelago of Gothenburg was our playground last weekend. With nearly 800 teams on the start line, the 7th version of the Öloppet is now the world´s largest SwimRun race. Knut made his arrival quite spectacular. Succeeding some connection dilemmas (Thanks Air Berlin) he finished his day-long excursion with a 11:30 PM entrance into Gothenburg airport the night before the competition. After some hours of sleep we found ourselves on the ferry on the way to Styrsö Bratten. A magnificent Swedish summer daybreak made us forget about the missed hours of rest. Both of us were already tired as child minding in the last couple of days took its toll. However I was worn-out of restless nights with a 10 month-old baby, Knut was fatigued as he took care of Alan, as the two raced and won Breca Buttermere Swimrun a week earlier.

As soon as the start signal rang out it was all disremembered. After a chaotic and rowdy first swim segment we were the second team to reach land. All the other teams behind and in front of us set out on a speedy running pace. Both of us had no interest in joining this breakneck speed. On the first timing mat we found ourselves in 5th place.

As the course took us around technical runs and fantastic sea swims we reeled in a lot of teams throughout the swims but eventually lost ground on land again. Drowsiness catched up on me and Knut started to feel bad with all the jellyfish bites he collected early on. Particularly on the technical running sections across the rocks we could feel that the running form was not at its best. Usually the technical running suits, not so today. The locals catched us and made sure to show us how to bounce from stone to stone.

This part of the Swedish Westcoast undoubtedly is special. Two years ago we raced just a couple of kilometres north throughout Petter’s Koster SwimRun (ST). Although I love the local Eastcoast it is at all times something miraculous and remarkable to be here and witness this astonishing nature. Likewise the salt water paired with the shrill and slippery swim exits wears one out. Sun and winds guided us all day and made sure that the swim sections on the very east of the course were, let’s say, entertaining. Moreover Öloppet must have the best crowds when it comes to Swimrun racing. Every Islander got involved and supported as best as possible. So much positive energy! As tiredness set in, this was a highly valued motivation booster.

Our connection-line was as tight as it gets as Knut got all the left-over energy together on the last couple of flat kilometres beside the coast. I definitely was happy when I heard the crowds at the finish line. On Kårholmen I chucked a gorgeous cold beer and this positively helped the mind and the body to speed up a bit more towards the end. We crossed the finish line pleased and in 7th place. Knowing we did not had our best day but also knowing that we left everything out there and certain that this was a good day of physical exercise on the way to Ötillö in four weeks’ time.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

SLOWTWITCH: The Colting SR02 Swimrun wetsuit

My latest review for the guys at Slowtwitch.
Jonas Colting is well known and liked for his dynamic and lively personality and his athletic resume contains impressive results in major competitions around the globe. He is best known for racing IRONMAN and ITU Long distance events, but Colting also found a calling at the Ultraman World Championships in Hawaii. The gifted swimmer grabbed the wins at the 515-kilometer long three-day competition in 2004 and 2007.

The 44-year-old Swede is still very busy today. In addition to writing books and training programs, he is a motivational speaker, produces a podcast, organizes races and still is driven to take on distinctive sporting adventures. In 2014 he swam 640 kilometers through Sweden followed by a 140-kilometer swim around the island of Phuket in 2016 and just recently he swim circumnavigated the Swedish island of Gotland. But all of this apparently is not enough. A few years ago Colting formed his own brand that produces wetsuits and various other swimming products.

Although the Sweden-born sport of Swimrun is starting to gain popularity around the world, it is nothing new for Colting. Since the very first competition at the Stockholm Archipelago in 2006, Colting toed the start line of every edition of this unique and hard race. Even though he did not finish every attempt, he won the race three times. Jonas Colting was a main figure in spreading the word about this innovative endurance team sport even though there was no real name for it at the beginning. He also directed the ÖtillÖ organizers to slim down their enormous rulebook they had laid out for the first editions. Competitors had to carry a lot of safety equipment and floating devices during the initial Ötillö races. It was Colting who apparently suggested to the organizers to condense the compulsory gear to the standard we know today. In addition to regular triathlon and open water wetsuits the Colting brand also offers a specific Swimrun suit and related gear. I recently had the chance to examine the company’s latest wetsuit flagship model – the SR02.
Swimrun specific wetsuits need to support athletes while swimming, moreover the suits need to be flexible and light as contestants must be able to run with them. The SR02 undoubtedly feels light and not like a usual neoprene suit. The natural body movement in both elements is not limited.
The SR02 is the top model in Colting’s Swimrun range. In addition to this model the Swedish brand offers more suits that come in specific male or female models.

The front zip is a characteristic feature of every Swimrun specific suit. It allows competitors to open up the suit while running. Unquestionably running in a synthetic rubber suit can get pretty sticky due to the insulating characteristics of the material. As a result an opened-up suit allows the body to cool down and permits better movement. It also allows athletes to access the internal storage pockets where compulsory equipment, foodstuff or gels can be kept during races. The YRR zip on the SR02 is easy to handle and allows a quick opening and closing process. However the diminutive neoprene shield on top of the zip can be in the way from time to time. Throughout hectic competitions with lots of changeovers this is just an added but avoidable “transition-step”.
There is a never ending discussion among Swimrunners. The typical zip on the back of the suit is well known from triathlon and open water suits. During lengthier run sections competitors like to have the option to pull down their suit to not overheat. For some athletes this procedure is easier carried out while using the zip on the rear and the one on the front. Nevertheless an additional zip adds weight and the process of opening and closing the suit costs energy during a competition. The very stretchy neoprene of the SR02 suit permits stress-free removing of the suit without the use of the rear zip. The lively debate among Swimrunners will consequently continue and it undoubtedly is a very individual preference. 

A distinctive feature - the SR02 comes with added flotation material in the front part of the thighs. Colting calls this the “Power Thigh”, a feature that allows more buoyancy. As nearly all Swimrunners will use a pull-buoy to help their body go up in the water and get more streamlined, the “Power Thighs” are meant to eliminate the usage of a pull-buoy. Through races with lots of changeovers this can be huge benefit. On courses with lengthier swim segments the flotation is just too little and it is hard to compromise the profits of a pull-buoy.

A comparatively young sport generates a lot of material experiments. A feature that is commonly seen during races are all sorts of floatation materials stowed in compressions socks to compensate the burden of swimming with shoes. In addition to the Swimrun suit Colting bids two different dimensions of “Swimcalfs SC02”. The comfortable calf guards come in two sizes with a 14mm or 25mm thick front panel dependent on the athletes swimming skills. I will use them both at Angaloppet and the ÖtillÖ World Championships.
Thinner material is used for the hip and thighs area. Combined with the smart designed cut of the suit this benefits the running movement. The SR02 is a suit that has the athletes running stride and movement in mind. Whereas this was a problem with previous Swimrun suits and amended triathlon suits it is implemented particularly well in the SR02.
Accurately finished sewing and gluing can be seen all over the suit. Swimrun suits need to take a lot of beating from whatever the course throws at it. Rocky swim exits, tight forest trails and the requirement to strip the suit on and off. With all that in mind the SR02 comes with protected and glued inner stitching and pleasantly finished glue jobs.
Four storage compartments can be found inside the front of the suit. They are designed to hold nutrition supplies or mandatory equipment such as emergency medical gear. Completely filled-up they can limit the upper-body flexibly while swimming. Stored sensibly they are very helpful and allow independence from the official aid stations. The pocket design is well thought out as minor holes on the bottom allow water to flow out fast.
Scandinavian design with Asian ingredients. The Borås, Sweden based enterprise used the widespread Yamamoto neoprene from Japan to produce a suit that allows maximum flexibility with an accurate and comfortable fitting.
Unquestionably the SR02 is a fast looking suit. Although the distinctive design is down to personal taste the actual performance on the suit is brilliant. The elasticity in the shoulder part is remarkable and assist swimmers of all capabilities to maintain their movement. Thinner neoprene in the crotch and hip area create a suit that does not compromise.
Inside the shoulder parts Colting used an extremely flexible material and called it “Quad Stretch”. It supports the movement while running and allows a great sense of freedom in the water. The flexibility surely is there and sticks out. 1.5 mm neoprene is used in the shoulder, arm and leg parts on the other hand 5 mm thickness can be found in the front parts which benefits the buoyancy. The SR02 is a proper Swimrun suit with a lot of thought out features. Whereas special Swimrun suits are often a compromise, this suit appropriately caters all the necessities this Sport obliges. It will be interesting to see how the market replies to the requirements. The SR02 Colting surely sets a standard!

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Strollin' around Lidingö

The coach and i took a little break from a sunny day at the beach to enjoy the beauty of the Lidingöloppet course.

Tune of the day: Madchild - Painful Skies

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Time is tickin'

Why inscribe a race story when the actual competition was weeks ago? The key question is why did I not write anything while it happened. Questions over questions… In the end It all comes down to family, this stunning Swedish summer and available time.

As always. Times are changing. And it seems that it’s always a positive amendment. Life with a family is not the same. In a positive way, though. And in addition to a busy work schedule the keenness on spending quality time with my wife and my son is noticeably bigger than sitting down and bore the internet with egoistic thoughts about racing. Even though there is still a hell lot of fun and enthusiasm involved when it comes to everyday exercise and racing, the blogging share of being a professional amateur endurance plodder will eventually cut short. But then again - not short enough.

The last big race left me pretty drained but highly motivated. Felix and I had an marvellous day at the Utö Swimrun and in the aftermath of this competition I took it easier with an emphasis on recovery and swimming technique and OW excursions. Stockholm is a city that makes it easy to settle in and the training prospects are nothing short of being "otrolig".

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To not be in the way of family-life I altered training-life to the early morning hours. With the well-known extensive Swedish summer days that is currently not a problem. I use my daily work commute to get some of the basic training in but I furthermore catch up with Dan and Karl for regular sessions. I’m thankful that these chaps like to wake up early, too. It is so much easier to step out of bed when you know there is somebody waiting. Above and beyond buying the wedding rings the Thule Chariot seems to be the best investment we have made. Our son loves the stroller and therefore I like to run and cycle with him. Running with the buggy can be challenging but it certainly is very enjoyable. Unquestionably daddy (running) and youngster (sleeping) like it and it is great to discover new places with my son.

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Of course! Training is nice. But there is nothing that beats some proper racing. So here is what happened in the last couple of weeks:

2017-05: Stockholm Swimrun
Fabian came up for a long anticipated excursion of the ill-famed German Sparkle Party. As usual it is so much fun to race with him. At the Stockholm Swimrun we had a mixed competition. We did not show our best performance in the water but on land we reeled back big time. We managed to cruise through the field but missed the podium because of powerlessness in the last long swims. Fabian transcribed a great piece for our Team website. Check it out here.

It was cool to race just a few meters away from our house. I train a lot in Djurgarden and Hagaparken. Eventually the race went across these parts of town. Perfect to show a friend where I train and live.

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2017-06: Hellas Swimrun
A classic race in a classic Swimrun area. Hellasgarden is where the sport of Swimrun has its roots. The midweek contest was previously known as “Ötillö Training Race”. Organizer Erika Rosenbaum then established the term “Swimrun”. The rest is history. On a striking day I cycled out to Hellasgarden to meet a lot of familiar faces. Unusual for Swimrun, the competition is a one-man fight. This was the first time I did a Swimrun race by myself. It felt strange to be out there on my own. However it was so much fun. Pretty exhaustive fun. Two loops around the park with quite some swimming. I managed a Top 10 finish but there is some improvement to be made. Great to see that nearly 100 people came out to race!

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2017-07: Arlanda Aquathlon
Spontaneous excursions are the best. Throughout a morning jog Henrik and I decided to give the Arlanda competition a go. Just 40 Minutes north of Stockholm we found a gorgeous competition in and around the 1,140 km2-large Mälaren lake. The third-largest freshwater pond in Sweden presented great weather and a striking scenery. Pretty unusual for a lake, the swim sections were pretty choppy. Although we did not train together we had a flawless race which we finished as 3rd team. A lot of fun to race this with Henrik!

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It looks like the racing season now is in full swing. Next up is Öloppet with the notorious Knut followed by Angaloppet with Dan. After several years without some Swim-Bike-Run business I will give the Stockholm triathlon, a day prior to the ITU World Triathlon Series, a go. Then it is time to polish the form for the big one – Ötillö.

Tune of the day: Knxwledge - Nvrending

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

shoeporn: Salomon - S-LAB XA Amphib

It was overdue. Finally French Trail Running Giants Salomon released a shoe solely dedicated to SwimRun. The S-LAB XA Amphib caters all the needs, on land and in the water. 
Something that sticks out is the outer material. Salomon uses a fast drying mesh material to get the water out of the shoe quickly. Besides this the unique web-style creates a safe and steady feeling for the feet while running. 
A stylish and trully unique peace off footwear - S-LAB XA Amphib. Fast drying and breathable single layer mesh combined with nylon layer allows extrem breathability. A key feature as the shoe certainly will get wet. 
What is this S-Lab? Well, the people at Salomon describe it as follows: "There's no secret to the S/LAB. Just two words. Play and progress. Engineers, athletes and designers gather around the table to design the future. Never satisfied, always dreaming, delivering exceptional performance gear.That's the S/LAB."
Salomon gathered an expert team to develop this shoe. Besides the 2016 Ötillö Champions, swedish duo Daniel Hansson and Lelle Moberg, several other experienced Swimrunners helped to develop this shoe. 
It is  hard to mix two different worlds. Swimming with a shoe is not that common. Although the Amphib does not help the swim performance, the light and water absorbent material does not slow athletes down. Once entering land, water leaves the shoe fast and efficient.  
The Amphib comes in with a pleasant weight of 215g.
I particularly became a fan of the outsole. The gnarly design paired with the soft rubber creates great grip and a secure feeling on technical trails during all weather conditions. 
Finally! A sweet drop of 4mm is what i like.
Salomon established the Quicklace system several years ago. Also the Amphib features this reliable and minimalistic one-pull tightening system. The Lace pocket storage system makes sure the laces are stored away securely.
A internal sock system makes sure the feet stays in place. Salomon called this Endofit. It certainly does the job during demanding trails.
This was worth the wait. While the former Sense models were a great partner for Swimrun races, the all new S-LAB XA Amphib takes the advantages of Salomons trail running flagship and pairs it perfectly with the singular needs of Swimrun. 

Tune of the day: Madchild - Badchild

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Checked: Berghaus - Hyper 100 Extrem Waterproof Jacket

Undeniably 110 grams are not much when it comes to clothing. It feels kind of bizarre to lift a petite bag, unfold it and discover a proper rain jacket. The utter weightlessness thoroughly fascinates. Berghaus, England’s pioneering outdoor driving force surely raises eyebrows with their state-of-the-art raincoat – the Hyper 100 Extrem. 
Apparently there is no other 3rd layer jacket on the market that beats the Hyper 100 when it comes to weight. The ultra-lightweight rain cover was developed as a steadfast companion during mountainous excursions. It’s ultramodern accuracy seaming and pattern-cutting style make it extraordinary. 
Minimalist will love this jacket. I undoubtedly like the humble, well-organized and effective style. The well-thought-out design makes sure that the lowest weight is accomplished. Just what I treasure on such a demanding piece of gear. No thrills! 
Berghaus’ engineers used the widely recognised Hydroshell Elite Pro fabrics to stitch something really special. Although rain covers can get a bit sticky during running sessions, the durable Hydroshell material stays extremely breathable (…no sweatbox effect!) whereas still being fully and rightly water-resistant. Additionally the main body is kept seamless. A well cut one piece panel protects against whatever weather you face and makes up for a comfy, non-bulky, feeling. 
Despite the fact that the Hyper 100 Extrem jacket is more expensive than other running rain jackets, it is difficult to find a comparable product that features the equal waterproof and light abilities. 
With this pioneering and product Berghaus created an own category. Without doubt it is no surprise that the company won a Gold award in the 3-layer outer category at the 2016 OutDoor show and topped it up with a victory at the 2017 ISPO. 
The hood of a rain jacket is an essential part.  The Hyper 100 Extrem features a well-shaped solidified peak that makes for great rain protection and still has enough space to wear a cap under it. 
In the course of numerous training excursions the jacket was stowed in my running shorts. Drawn-out off-trail, forest runs and scrambles did not worry the Hyper 100 Extrem and I am more than stunned by the robustness of the material despite some close encounters trees and rocks. By now I use the jacket on several occasions as it can be used as an alternative softshell layer. 
Inside look - I love the attention to detail when it comes to the isolated sewing on the inside. Proper quality!
Feedback from the ones that know - Berghaus’ elite MtnHaus design squad assisted to shape this incredible piece of mountain gear that will be loved not only by geeky outdoor weight watchers. 

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Sunday, 16 July 2017

On point with Lars Ekman

Brothers Lars and Jonas Ekman have quite some similarities. Growing up in Lagga, a little town just 65 kilometres north of Stockholm, the duo successfully swam on national level for Upsala Simsällskap. Furthermore both are doctors and pretty gifted Swimrunners. Best-known as the “Ekman brothers” or under their official team name “Bröderna Bäver” (the Beaver Brothers), it seems like both know how to have fun and win races. Lars and Jonas won ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö back in 2016 and finished 2nd this year. Just a couple of days ago the brothers blitzed the difficult high altitude course across the Engadin valley to win the prestigious ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin. While recovering, Lars found time to response to some questions.

Runssel: Congratulations on your victory at this year’s Engadin SwimRun. Beating a heavy-duty Flinta and Olsson duet by almost 13 Minutes is impressive. As you took the lead quite early, how did the race unfold for you guys? When did you know you had this "in the bag"?
Lars Ekman: Our game plan was to start at a moderate pace, as not to push ourselves to hard uphill in the beginning. However I think we both felt strong from the start and when we got an early lead we just kept pushing it. So the game plan changed quite quickly.
Since we knew that the teams chasing us were really strong teams, and very good long distance teams, we did not feel that we had the race "in the bag" until at the end of the second last run. We started to feel confident coming towards the longest swim, 1400m, where we were told that we had a 6 min lead and we knew we were stronger in the water compared to the other teams.

Picture: Jakob Edholm

Runssel: In a quite new sport the equipment is always a discussion point. What gear do you use? Did you make any special alterations towards the Engadin race?
Lars: We use Sailfish wetsuits which we like since they have a lot of extra pockets for storing gels and energy. They are also easy to take on and off quickly during the race and work great for both swimming and running. We have been testing a lot of different shoes and so far not decided on any brand. However we both like them to be very light and right now we are starting to use vivobarfoot which most likely will be the ones we use for Ötillö.
Otherwise we like to keep it clean with just paddles and a small buoy to make transitions as easy as possible. We have been working a bit with Olanderswim where we find most of our extra equipment such as paddles and buoys.

Picture: Jakob Edholm

Runssel: As a full-time working doctor you need to fit your training around job and family. How does a typical training week look for you leading up to the big races? How often do you train with your brother?
Lars: I just started working as an AT doctor in Karlskrona at Blekingesjukhuset. And as you say both me and my brother need to train when our schedules allow us to. I try to get 6-7 training sessions per week. 3 swim, 3 run and one other(gym, core strength) the trick is to do the quality sessions when I'm not to tired after work so I try to get at least 3 quality sessions per week which are the ones I plan the most and focus on. The other training sessions I fit whenever I can. Leading up to the big races I just try to get some good sleep, stay healthy and not train to hard. Usually I rest the last two days before a long race.

Picture: Irina Kurmanaeva

Runssel: It seems that you guys have established the mustache as a team talisman. Who’s idea was this and what makes competing with your brother special?
Lars: Haha... we both like the mustache as a fun gimmick however I think I was the first one to have it. But competing with my brother is always great. And I feel very fortunate to be able to share this with him. We both have ups and downs during the races but we are always able to push and help each other the extra mile which is great, and important if you want to be in the top. So running with my brother is the best part of Swimrun and always feels like a win.

Picture: Jakob Edholm

Runssel: With a time of 8:28:14 you finished 5th at last year’s ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship. What did you guys learn from the race and what is the goal for this year?
Lars: We learned a lot after our first Ötillö together last year. I think we'll be better prepared this year both for us and the goal is to win. It will be very hard with a lot of good teams going for it, however if we have a good day we feel confident that we have a good chance to come out on top.

Runssel: Your sporting undertakings are not only SwimRun linked. Do you have any other exciting competitions coming up?
Lars: This year it actually is mostly Swimrun due to the lack of time working full-time as a doctor. But I still try to do Vasaloppet in the spring and maybe some obstacle-races if I have the time.

Runssel: Do you currently have a favorite record you are listening to?
Lars: I'm a Bruce Springsteen fan so anything with the Boss works!