How to enter the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship

Photo: The author giving his teammate Tomas Granberg a well deserved hug at the 2018 World Champs finish line. In front: women’s 1st place Kristin Larsson. Photo by Jakob Edholm / ÖTILLÖ.

If you’ve watched the World Championship live or recap on YouTube that probably got you fired up to sign up for a local swimrun race, an ÖTILLÖ World Series race or even the World Champs. Of all these the only one that is really hard to get entry into is the World Champs, which is quite natural. World Champs are open to non-elite, for sure, just like the Ironman World Championship or the Berlin Marathon is. However, there are only a total of 160 teams allowed.

If you are an elite or sub-elite athlete in something like triathlon, swimming, running, OCR or multisport and you are confident that your ability would place you in the top five or so of an ÖTILLÖ World Series event, your quickest option would be to enter one of those and go for direct qualification. To give you an idea that requires about a 2:50–2:55 marathon (and often good trail-running ability). You should also be able to keep about 1:20–1:25/100 m full equipment through the whole race. This year, each World Series race qualified 3 male teams, 2 female teams and 3 mixed teams. But spots roll down if one of the team members is already qualified. Some races have more competition, some less.

Non-elites with a sub 3:20 marathon, a decently swim and who are ready to travel have a good chance at a ”ranking” spot. Your six best recent World Series or merit races (that’s ÖTILLÖ’s partner races) give you a ranking score which is added to your partner’s score to give a team score for the application. Also, there is the ”7/24 Concept” which are spots for people finishing a whole lot of races, regardless of how they perform at the races.

If you are a famous athlete (or just famous), you could apply for a director’s choice spot. Previously these have been offered to ex-olympians, national elite runners, elite triathletes, music artists, early contributers to the sport, among others.

”Team Selection Ticket” is an option where you rely on sheer luck in a lottery. I personally hope they’ll remove this way of gaining entry in the future to instead favour athletes suitable to finish and do well in this very demanding race. After all, it is the World Championship.

Read more on earning a spot here.

 

How to sub 9 at ÖTILLÖ World Champs

Yes, together with my teammate Tomas Granberg we did just that in yesterday’s perfect conditions! Men’s category 20th place and 27th overall with a time of 8:57.49. But a lengthy post bragging about that wouldn’t be of much use to the world, so lets leave us aside and instead talk a bit about our modus operandi free for you to mimic. Here’s an introduction to executing at your best potential at ÖTILLÖ Worlds, be that sub 8, 9, 10 or whatever. Obviously the most important thing is training, training and some more training, but today I’ll leave that whole thing out and focus on race execution.

Knowing the course

  • If you are not a repeat participant, scout every section with Google Maps or equivalent.
  • Some people bring a table with distances of all the legs. We don’t. Instead we focus on the key takeaways such as those following below, which are not too hard to remember.
  • On which island is there no energy station for a long time but still enough time to eat a bar? (Answer: Vånsholmen)
  • Where do I need to stock water or sports drink in a soft flash that I’ve carried with me under my wetsuit? (Answer: Ornö church, and more places if very hot conditions)
  • Where do I keep my swim cap on and goggles readily on forehead at water exit, because the next swim is just around the corner? (Answer: after the pig swim, after the 1 km swim, on Mellankobbarna but not Järnholmen if hot weather, etc)
  • If the weather is warm, where do you peel your wetsuit down? (Answer: probably only at Ornö)
  • How long does it take for both teammates to take the wetsuit down and up again? If it takes a long time, would it be better to accept the heat and just drink a bit more?
  • If your team is strong in the off-trail, where do you want to avoid being stuck behind a pack where there is little room for overtaking? You need to know such things.
This course is so beautiful.

Race-day nutrition

  • I consumed about 400 ml of standard gels mixed with caffeine and additional electrolytes. These I put in a soft flask with no risk of littering and no messing around with packaging. Many people find it hard to take solids at the latter part of a race. You probably want to save some gel for the last two hours.
  • In addition to that I brought one bar as mentioned and ate mainly bananas from aid stations. Adapt to your preference.
  • Where do you store these things? In a sports top or bra, your lower underwear or a pocket if your suit has one. Make sure they don’t bounce around too much or fall out while running.
  • Drink plenty of water at the stations. Swimming is such a treacherous activity. It is difficult to sense dehydration at an early stage. Especially when you are in the cold water.
  • If your stomach allows, drink from the ocean while swimming. You might want to try that before to see what amount your stomach can handle.
  • I bring two soft flasks. One containing my gel mix and one for liquid picked up at aid stations. At most stations, ÖTILLÖ no longer provides cups.
This course is so beautiful.

Swims

  • You are aiming for beach flags mainly. Sometimes strobes. Sometimes there are intermediate pyramid buoys for direction (you don’t need pass at a certain side or anything).
  • Draft whenever the opportunity comes along, or even strategically follow a team at suitable speed. You’ll always have your partner draft on you or the other way around, in any case. Side-by-side is wasting your team’s energy total to no use. The men’s front of ÖTILLÖ will usually be a group for a very long time, until a team breaks away on a run. You might realize why.
  • Swimming about 10 km in a day with long runs in between means energy efficiency is key. You don’t sprint or even change speeds if there is not a very good reason to do so.
  • If you realize you are gapping your partner swimming and you don’t have a tow line, slow your stroke down as that will help your partner to get back into your stream. When approaching shore, on the other hand, you could swim a few meters ahead allowing for some exit scouting.
  • Sighting is very important. Even if you are a good swimmer you don’t want to be swimming 740 m when everyone else is swimming 700. Personally I prioritize sighting and swimming straight over pushing it very hard since my ability to swim straight deteriorates at very high effort. Especially so in choppy water.
  • Most teams use fairly big pull buoys and hand paddles but don’t bring paddles so big that you are no longer able to pull through the whole stroke after 7 km.
  • ÖTILLÖ WC is in the Baltic Ocean, which has brackish water. Some people will go without goggles and that works. If you use stronger contact lenses, you might want to bring a spare contact if swimming without goggles. This also being a thing to definitely practice before adopting.
  • You may swim through currents, especially on the swims between Ornö and Utö. Those are the last swim sections of the course when you are the most tired. If the water is moving rapidly, counter already before hitting the current to get some slack. Currents may switch directions from one year to the next.
This course is so beautiful.

Runs

  • The course has everything from tarmac to scrambling. ”65 km of running” is more like 35 km of runnable, 25 km of technical trail and 5 km of complete wilderness expedition. ;)
  • First-timers will likely be surprised by the amount of off-trail and slippery rock. You need good grip. Especially in a wet year when rain is falling on race day or the days before. Non-spike orienteering shoes are popular with ÖTILLÖ Worlds athletes.
  • If one of you is a considerably stronger runner, that person might be pulling with a tow line at the runnable sections. You might prefer pulling a little throughout the whole race instead of one of you bonking two thirds into and the other then trying to pull very hard. Watch out since pulling hard might trigger cramps in the calves.

Pacing

  • What pace would you be able to maintain throughout the whole race? Now take that pace and go just a little faster. You don’t want to underachieve. That should still end up being a bit slower than how most teams pace themselves. This applies in general but not always at the men’s front as there are not many teams to draft on the swims so you might factor that in too. There are a lot of micro decisions like that to be taken during the race.
  • When I say pacing I mean effort-based and not actual speed since the course is so varied. We just avoid going ”red” or even ”orange” early on. This has the drawback that you might get stuck behind a crowd since a lot of teams can’t seem to pace themselves so think of strategies to mitigate that.
  • Again, remember to pace yourself. As they say at WS100, if you’re in the lead after the first climb, you are probably not going to win the race. :)
This course is so beautiful.

Teamwork

  • Leave all pride aside. If the pace is too high for you, let it be known. The other way around, ask your partner if they’ve remembered to take a gel lately. His/her success is your success.
  • Equal swimmers will let the more tired runner draft swims to regain some energy for the next run.
  • Even if you’ve got equal capacity in all respects, maybe bring a line under the wetsuit in case either of you ends up having a bad day.
  • If you are competitive both number one and two are done in-flight. Preferably during a swim or just before, to avoid developing rashes. A wetsuit cut short makes number two much easier. I don’t know why I put this under teamwork.

This covers perhaps 10 % of the things that are handy to know. Dissecting this race you will find it is potentially so complex that you can’t expect to perform at your full physical potential the first time entering. Still worth it! I don’t want to scare anyone from entering and it is not only for the very competitive. ÖTILLÖ World Champs is *magical*! The scenery, the spirit among the racers and the staff. All magical, regardless of how serious you are about competing.

The author.

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö 2018

The interest in the sport of swimrun nowadays is clearly not limited to Swedes so I thought it’d be considerate and write this in English. Anyway, last weekend me and Tomas Granberg raced ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö as the team TG Swimrun. It’s the second World Series event of the year after Hvar in Croatia and I’d say it is the second most competitive swimrun race on the planet (don’t know about Mars or Jupiter) after the World Champs.

This year, the competition at Utö really took a huge step up. Take our team as an example: 11 min faster this year but finished 17 total compared to 9 total last year. This year, Utö became a confluence of fast teams. There where no new teams in the top 10, but most of the top athletes of the sport had decided to participate, although still missing names such as Hanson, Moberg, Krochak and Olsson.

I decided to take a closer look at the performances of the top 50 teams at Utö this year. 16 of the teams raced the same event in 2017, when conditions were very similar to this year’s conditions. Comparing the times I noticed that almost all of the 16 teams were faster this year yet very few managed to defend their positions, just like us. Deeper front and a step up in performance all across the field.

Team finishing times, 2017 compared to 2018.
Team finishing positions, 2017 compared to 2018.

I think you get the idea. Competition is getting tougher mainly because the existing athletes are becoming faster as they devote more effort to swimrun. The World Series race at Utö is mainly a Swedish concern, although 20 some teams where from outside of Sweden. Regardless, the sharp end is predominantly Swedish. Probably we’ll see national and regional competition sharpening at races in other places around the world the next few years.

There has been some talk in Sweden about athletes transitioning from related sports to swimrun, raising the standard at the front end. I think that already happend and there is not much more to expect from that in Sweden. We already have Swedish top end triathletes in swimrun: Pontus Lindberg (8:11 Ironman), George Bjälkemo (several national medals in mid distance), Eva Nyström (four national gold medals), Jesper Svensson, Oscar Olsson etc. From adventure racing/multiport we have top international level athletes such as Daniel Hansson, Kristin Larsson and Martin Flinta.

I think that at this point the talent pool of endurance athletics in Sweden is pretty much exhausted. There are some obvious world-class athletes fans of the swimrun would like to one day see at ÖTILLÖ, like Åsa Lundström and Patrik Nilsson (eighth in Kona 2017).  However, I don’t  think the time is ripe just yet for these people as they need to focus 100 % on triathlon. It would be unexpected of a young triathlete to venture off while still in the top international game of a much bigger sport, like Patrik Nilsson is. However maybe some more cases of guest appearances as by active pro triathlete Jesper Svensson while still maintaining their careers in triathlon?

Mixed category lead pack about 1/4 into the race at Utö 2018: Thomas Schreven (NED) and Jasmina Glad-Schreven (FIN) of Say No to Doping! and Martin Flinta (SWE) and Helena Karaskova Erbenova (CZE?) of Thule Adventure Team. Photo: Pierre Manges/ÖTILLÖ.

Anyway, back to the World Series race at Utö. I’ve done the race four times now, 2015 onwards. I’d recommend bringing a neoprene bandana as normal condition at Utö mean some swims will be a bit cold. However, I’m not a fan of long sleeve or leg wetsuits. That’s not where I get cold anyway, and they’d be a huge disadvantage on the runs. Sleeves and legs as short as possible since the cold really just gets to my face and forehead anyway. We actually rolled down the top of our wetsuits during the 7 km long run this year. I’m not fully sure that was the best choice as it takes some time and fiddling, but it sure was comfortable. Wetsuit designers have the last few years designed shorter front zippers which I think is a bad idea. Sure, very marginal gains on drag, but the running is much more uncomfortable when you can’t zip down properly.

More about the characteristics of this race, it is a race of short but many swims. Transition efficiency is key. Also, runs are a mix of heavy terrain and flat runnable. To do well at this race you have to be able to run the 7 km flat gravel in the middle of the race at a high pace. If you are a fast off-trail runner, make sure to exit the swims leading into the wilder land sections ahead of any possible packs because at narrow paths overtaking may prove difficult.

All in all, Utö is a compressed version of the World Championship race with the WC being more of everything: longer runnable section on Ornö, even tougher terrain at large sections, longer and more exposed swims. However, the terrain is is very beautiful, but maybe not at unbelievable as at the WC. I leave you with scenery from the World Champs of last year. Can’t wait until the first Monday of September!

Photo: Pierre Mangez / Ötillö.

Träning inför ÖTILLÖ 2018

Träningen inför ÖTILLÖ World Championship 2018 började för mig direkt efter 4 september 2017, dvs dagen för ÖTILLÖ. Sedan 1 juli hade jag förvisso ökat löpmängden, men efter att ha sett hela ÖTILLÖ-banan bestämde jag mig för att en större andel av löpträningen ska vara i krävande terräng.

Jag tyckte också att min sammansatta simning blivit så pass okej att jag inte behöver träna lika mycket neutralt under hösten detta år. Hösten 2016 simmade jag nästan uteslutande utan hjälpmedel och sedan nästan bara med paddlar och dolme under våren för att bygga de muskler som krävs för att orka dra stora paddlar.

Grundstruktur för min träning inför 2018:

Resten av 2017:

  • Löpning: 100 km/v, mestadels teknisk stig i naturreservat så länge vädret tillåter.
  • Simning: 6 000 m/v, där 30–40 % är sammansatt och resten paddlar och dolme.

2018 fram till ÖTILLÖ:

  • Löpning: förmodligen densamma, men med mer fartelement för att höja tröskeln inför korta swimrun och löptävlingar. På en del av dessa kommer jag att behöva springa lite under 4-tempo utan att det ska behöva kosta för mycket.
  • Simning: mer mängd, ännu oklart hur stor. Större andel simning med hjälpmedel för swimrunspets.

Utöver detta klättrar jag ungefär tre gånger i veckan. Det gör jag mest för att det är roligt men det fungerar också som landträning och löpstyrka med axlar, core och annat. Det bidrar också till den muskulära uthålligheten i rygg och axlar. Klättring är inget jag höjer till skyarna som swimrunträning utan jag är väl mest tacksam för att det kompletterar lite och inte stör swimrun.

Ett hot som hänger över min löpning är vinterns snö och kyla och jag kommer att behöva springa på band en hel del, men ska försöka komma ut i terrängen så mycket jag orkar. För att inte förlora för mycket styrka under vinterns bandlöpning behöver jag springa med lutning. Under sommaren kommer jag att kunna träna swimrun som swimrun är tänkt, dvs i naturreservat med löpning, simning och växlingar.

Dessa Stravasegment ingår i min träning inför ÖTILLÖ:


Det ingår i min filosofi att inte bara jämföra mig med andra swimrunutövare. Det räcker inte med att vara bra jämfört med dem i terränglöpning utan där vill jag hellre upp till de bästa på Sörmland Ultra Marathon och liknande tävlingar. I simning ska jag inte titta på swimrunsimmare utan lära av såna som mina vänner Micke och Henrik som är f.d. elitsimmare.

Taktiskt jagar jag förvisso mängd per glidande 7-dagarsperiod men det viktiga är den årsgenomsnittliga mängden. Jag känner efter vad jag orkar för dagen och vad som är planerat efter och väljer passen utifrån det. Jag försöker lägga passen i en sådan ordning att jag hinner återhämta mig per disciplin. Det är ofta kort framförhållning men med strategiska grundtankar och mål. Det passar antagligen inte alla men passar mig.

Lycka till med din swimrunträning!

Avslutar med dekorativa bilder från Solvalla Swimrun 2017, där jag och Tomas Granberg kammade hem andraplatsen. Läs mer om den tävlingen här. Alla foton tagna av Solvalla Swimrun.

Evolution of winning times at ÖTILLÖ Swimrun WC

Winner times at ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship 2009--2017 in men, women and mixed categories.
Winner times at ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship 2009–2017 in men, women and mixed categories. Click to enlarge.

As you can tell, winning times in all categories of the swimrun world championship are trending faster. The race is getting more competitive every year, but times are also subject to the weather conditions of each particular race day. In 2017 running on slippery rock slowed teams down. Although waves were big this year, they where rolling in the right direction with the wind for the most part in the back.

Weather permitting, I think we are likely to see new course records in 2018.

Course records:

  • Men: 7.58.06
    Jesper Svensson (SWE) & Daniel Hansson (SWE) in 2017
  • Women: 9.32.03
    Kristin Larsson (SWE) & Annika Ericsson (SWE) in 2016
  • Mixed: 8.49.58
    Adriel Young (AUS) & Eva Nyström (SWE) in 2016

Data source: Official ÖTILLÖ results

Further reading: Swimrun ranking systems

Swimrun Ranking

I’ll write this in English since it could be useful for non-Swedish people.

There are currently two ranking systems in the world of swimrun racing, each with a few modes:

Ötillö Swimrun Ranking is the main ranker used for World Championship merit applications and the World Series. The ”Swimrun ranking” lists the teams according to performance in both Ötillö World Series races and merit (partner) races. This ranking counts races during the last two years but fades older scores a bit. The sprint ranking is calculated from Ötillö’s own sprint races. World Series ranking is needless to say calculated from team performance in the WS races. At the end of the season teams on top in each category of the WS rankings win the World Series and the prize money that comes with that.

The ”individual indicator” is shown when you log in to the system and go to your profile. There is no ranking list based on this indicator but it is still important because it is the score used in merit applications for the Ötillö World Championship — one of the possible ways to get into the WC race in Sweden in September each year. Your score and the score of your proposed partner is added together to compare you to other teams wanting to get in this way.

The Salamander Ranking is a separate system not associated with the Ötillö organization. It is interesting in the aspect that it includes a whole lot of races from many countries and not only those of Ötillö and their partners. It also has a public ranking of individuals, something which Ötillö has decided not to feature.

World Series 2017 winners in women, men and mixed.
Ötillö World Series 2017 winners in women, men and mixed categories. My friends and genuinely nice folks Johan and Jocke of Nynäshamns Ångbryggeri there in the middle. Photo: Jakob Edholm / Ötillö.

Our standing I’ll have to squeeze in here. I’m competing with Tomas Granberg in the team Cartel AB. The 2017 Ötillö swimrun ranking is now final as all official and partner races are done. The Salamander Ranking still has a handful of races but I don’t except those to move the top of the ranking too much.

2017 Ötillö Swimrun Ranking top 10
We placed fourth in the 2017 Ötillö Swimrun Ranking (including merit races).

We only participated in one World Series competition and hence our World Series ranking is not worth a screen shot.

The Salamander Ranking 2017 top 10 preliminary as of 2017-10-02.
The Salamander Ranking 2017 top 10 preliminary as of 2017-10-02.

Not surprisingly there are a lot of Swedish names in the upper trenches. The sport originated in the Stockholm archipelago and many of the bigger races are hosted in Sweden. During the years to come, however, the top of the sport will probably become more diversified. Also, the World Series and rankings will probably become more competitive.

Today many of the elite athletes of the sport don’t care much about the World Series charts and tend to focus only on the World Championship, perhaps the WS race at Utö and some other major races. I think this to a large extent has to do with the fact that these people have conflicting interests of triathlon and multi sport events to tend to which still attract more spectators, sponsoring and prize money. After all, the Swedish scene of top endurance athletes is quite limited. Also, some of the top athletes keep changing teams throughout the season and thus do not score high on the team charts despite repeat podium finishes.

Ötillö 2017

Tävlande i Ötillö 2017 på blåsig klippa.
Foto: Jakob Edholm / Ötillö.

Det är som att kliva in i en saga. Solen har ännu inte gått upp när vi springer ner mot första stranden. Ögat söker sig långt över vattnet, genom blåsten och mot stroboskopet. Himlen är grå och havet är grått. Tillsammans kastar vi oss mot de vitkantade vågorna, ledda av det blinkande ljuset i horisonten.

Det finns en del mystik kring det ursprungliga Ötillö mellan Sandhamn och Utö. Hur hårt, långt eller kallt är det? Hur kommer man in? De har sett de stilfullt producerade filmerna och ställer frågorna. En del saker måste upplevas för att förstås. Jag kan bara säga att allt förmodligen är sant. Ötillö lever upp till mytbilden.

Ötillö är inte en tävling för alla och Ötillö är inte garanterat säkert. Det kräver fysisk kapacitet, specifika kunskaper och mentala egenskaper. De som presterar riktigt bra har tränat specialiserat för den första måndagen i september i flera år.

Nu har jag genomfört Ötillösagan för första gången och förstår den lite bättre. Tack Ola, för att jag fick uppleva det här. Nästa år kommer jag tillbaka för att ge allt.

Ola Lagerström och Andreas Ribbefjord. Foto: Pierre Mangez / Ötillö.
Foto: Pierre Mangez / Ötillö.
Andreas Ribbefjord, Ötillö.
Foto: Jakob Edholm / Ötillö.

The Strava hit list update

Segment Rekordhållare
Fornborgsslingan Maskinen
Barnvagnsslingan Anders Svensson
Tyresta Barnvagnsslingan kort Maskinen
Rudan Swimrun Maskinen
Femman Maskinen
Ornö gula spåret Nils Penton
Vallavägen till Södra Jordbrovägen Jonas Petersson
Eskilsparken ring Hugo Dahlberg

Oj, oj, oj. Course records faller som furor! Efter två veckor med The Strava hit list har 3,5 av 7 rekord fallit. Med 0,5 menar jag att jag råkade springa fel väg så jag fick inte det  rekordet trots bra fart. Det är bara att springa Eskilsparken ring igen! Men låt mig säga några ord om de jag har mejat ner.

Fornborgsslingan

Vilken fin miljö! Helt klart en av de bästa slingor jag sprungit i Stockholmstrakten. Man tror knappt man är i Stockholm — så bra är den! Extremt teknisk, bentung uppför och mer eller mindre farlig utför. Otroligt vackert spår runt Stensjön i Tyresta.

Detta segment kräver rekognosering — både för att veta var man ska sätta fötterna men också för att inte springa fel vid Stensjöns nordöstra hörn. Första försöket sprang jag givetvis fel. Andra försöket tog jag rekordet med nästan en minut. 24:13 är det i skrivande stund. Tomas ”Maskinen” Granberg har gjort ett nytt försök men är fortfarande 45 s efter.

När jag ändå var där simmade jag lite i Stensjön och fick till någon form av swimrun. Träffade också ett brittiskt par som frågade om temperaturen. Sen hoppade de i och bjöd på vackert frisim som jag kunde betrakta från högsta punkten på norra sidan, efter att ha scramblat/klättrat uppför bergväggen där. Oklar om jag är människa eller djur. Magiskt ställe.

Mitt rekord i dagsläget innebär 4,7 km i 5:04/km genomsnittligt. Antingen säger det att jag inte är så snabb eller så säger det att det är mycket teknisk terräng. Hur som helst tror jag att jag har kapacitet till under 5/km, så kom inte hit och raka av en sekund. Det blir förmodligen svårare att ta rekordet ju längre in på sommaren vi kommer pga vegetation. Men tjejer har inget att frukta. Ert rekord är på 38:38, vilket inte bör vara svårknäckt.

Naturen längs Fornborgsslingan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAoNKmp8egA

Barnvagnsslingan

Ingen kraftig konkurrens på dessa 4,8 km, konstigt nog. Otekniskt men viss kupering. Sänkte rekordet från 4:31/km till 4:09/km utan att bränna ut mig. Höll oavsiktligt på att ta korta varianten också i samma försök, vilken även den är på the hit list, men missade med 3 s. CR på korta tillhör Maskinen och han påstår att det sprangs med hunden. Svagt, Tyrestalöpare, svagt.

Ornö gula spåret

Min mamma bor på Ornö och då är det klart att jag ska ha CR på gula spåret. Förra året segrade jag på det årliga triathlonet på ön, vilken har löpningen på det kortare blå spåret. Orelaterat skryt! Men vad gäller gula så är det 7,1 km enligt Strava och är relativt kuperat. Jag höll mig oftast på tröskelfart och var inte riktigt fit for fight för att göra en maxanstängning. Sänkte ändå rekordet med 35 s och berövade en snopen (eller troligare likgiltig) cyklist vid namn Nils Penton kronan.

Dagen innan är egentligen mer värd att prata om. Det blev 13 km swimrun från Ornö till Utö, middag på Utö värdshus och lika lång swimrun tillbaka. Allt i fantastiskt väder. Vacker sol dit och vacker solnedgång tillbaka i skärgården på karga klippor av eroderad sten. Det var en riktig upplevelse. Tack för sällskapet och den fantastiska idén Diane Sadik! Någon observant läsare har förstås redan insett det praktiska värdet också. Det innebar förstås rekognosering av sista delen av Ötillö. Stigen var nyligen trampad. Det är fler än vi som tränar på banan inför VM i swimrun.