Why do you participate in OWR?
Swimrun is not a big sport in Australia, but we want to prove that we have the background to not only finish the One Water Race, but to excel in it.
What will be the biggest challenge?
Swimming is not traditionally a large component of Adventure Racing, so we will need to put a lot of work into preparing for 50km of swimming. Traveling to races from Australia is always a challenge too, with long periods spent in planes and airports, large weather and time zone differences. We will need to train through our winter to be ready for the event in Sweden’s summer.
How do you train for a challenge like this?
We will analyze the needs of the race and breakdown the different disciplines and skills required to succeed. Each team member will then work to improve any skills and fitness deficits to allow the team to move efficiently.
What is your strength as a team?
We will use our experience in ultra endurance events to balance speed and navigation to ensure we keep on course and keep mistakes to a minimum. Rob’s exceptional navigation skills will be complimented by Elizabeth’s all-round physical strengths and Ben’s swimming prowess will allow us to keep moving fast, and in the right direction.
What are your goals?
The local teams will certainly have an advantage, but our goal will to be snapping at their heals. Over a long race anything is possible if you have the determination and know how to work well as a team.
What are you most looking forward to?
Experiencing the unique landscapes of the Swedish Archipelago and seeing how far we can push ourselves.