Olympian and Ironman World Champ Chris Hauth returns to ÖTILLÖ

Excerpt from my interview in Swimrun Life Magazine with Nancy Heslin regarding ÖTILLÖ:

SLM: You and team Rich Roll – aka Team Finding Ultra – finished the 2017 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship with a time of 10:44:46. The day after, you and Rich recorded a podcast, a candid summary of a monumental event that had just happened. Now, six months later, can you share your introspection of the race?

CH: It was truly a special day because it opened my eyes and perspective to this beautiful sport that was created in a beautiful location. To this day I know that the raw beauty of those islands and the conditions we had that day will most likely never be matched in future events I do.

I was not looking to do a swimrun again – I could tell I was getting competitive with it, starting to think about how to race faster, stronger, more aggressively … and now I understand better that this is not what ÖTILLÖ is about: it’s about teamwork, camaraderie, sharing nature with a friend, with someone willing to suffer through a long day with you.

SLM: Listening to the Rich Roll podcast (No 313/ ÖTILLÖ! Meeting Nature Writ Large), I had the impression that you had “been there, done that” in respect to ÖTILLÖ. What prompted you to come back for the 2018 edition?

CH: When my long-time friend, Frank, asked if he could sign us up, initially I was hesitant, plus I knew the chance of getting in again was limited. Once we got a spot, I thought more about it: this is about sharing lifelong memories with someone – in this case one of my best friends.

This is what swimrun is to me: taking on an adventure – truly an incredibly immersive one – and sharing it with someone. Overcoming adversity, supporting each other, and experiencing such a day in that raw, exposed environment is memorable with anyone: to have the privilege, the opportunity to do it with a close friend – that has the ability and fitness. That is something many can only wish for. In the true spirit of what ÖTILLÖ co-founder Michael Lemmel taught me on the islands those days last September, I return – to share camaraderie, nature, adventure and endurance with another friend.

Rich and I walked into it blind – not knowing how powerful the experience is. Now, I feel even more excited and privileged to return with a friend and share more of Michael’s vision.

Of course we want to be competitive – represent ourselves well. I believe in progression, moving forward – so we will focus intensely on the training and our preparation. I feel even more responsible now that I know the course, to train accordingly. But as I learned last year – this is about fully experiencing that day – however it goes. I don’t doubt we’ll be fit and ready, but I will also be certain to emphasise the spirit of swimrun: taking care of each other.

TOMASZ JAKUBOWSKI

SLM: You were happy with the training you did for the ÖTILLÖ 2017. How will your approach differ for this year?

CH: I felt like my years of training on trails and a variety of terrain had me ready. I will add some footwork drills this year and also some specific stability and strength work in the gym for that day in September.

I also believe there is a way to train specifically for the 20km run in the latter half of the race, to be more powerful, and have better leg turnover and speed. I will surely keep that in mind as well. My partner is a solid swimmer and solid runner. It will be important to keep him healthy – Like Rich last year, most people don’t have 25 years of endurance and ultra-endurance events in their system like I do.

Swimming remains the “easier” piece. I was prepared for that swim, even the pig swim, from open water swimming in the San Francisco Bay. We have that at our doorstep here – water temperatures around 11°C-13°C all summer with currents and choppy waves.

What works really well for me and also my training partner – are long simulation days. From nutrition to hydration, mindset to physical limits – it all gets tested. I feel as though swimrun can be simulated quite well up to about 10km of swimming and 45-50km of running.

SLM: What equipment did you guys use, and will you use the same gear again?

CH: Yes, and I won’t change that a bit. My sponsor, ROKA, is very happy that I’ll be doing the event again. I will also continue to reach out to the experts in the field: Jonas Colting gave me great feedback last year and I will use some of his products as well.

Even in last year’s conditions, I never felt like our gear was limiting. So, that will be a big relief in our training, planning and logistics this year – knowing that our gear works.

Read the complete interview here

Olympian and Ironman World Champ Chris Hauth returns to ÖTILLÖ

Olympian and Ironman World Champ Chris Hauth returns to ÖTILLÖ

Excerpt from my interview in Swimrun Life Magazine with Nancy Heslin regarding ÖTILLÖ:

SLM: You and team Rich Roll – aka Team Finding Ultra – finished the 2017 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship with a time of 10:44:46. The day after, you and Rich recorded a podcast, a candid summary of a monumental event that had just happened. Now, six months later, can you share your introspection of the race?

CH: It was truly a special day because it opened my eyes and perspective to this beautiful sport that was created in a beautiful location. To this day I know that the raw beauty of those islands and the conditions we had that day will most likely never be matched in future events I do.

I was not looking to do a swimrun again – I could tell I was getting competitive with it, starting to think about how to race faster, stronger, more aggressively … and now I understand better that this is not what ÖTILLÖ is about: it’s about teamwork, camaraderie, sharing nature with a friend, with someone willing to suffer through a long day with you.

SLM: Listening to the Rich Roll podcast (No 313/ ÖTILLÖ! Meeting Nature Writ Large), I had the impression that you had “been there, done that” in respect to ÖTILLÖ. What prompted you to come back for the 2018 edition?

CH: When my long-time friend, Frank, asked if he could sign us up, initially I was hesitant, plus I knew the chance of getting in again was limited. Once we got a spot, I thought more about it: this is about sharing lifelong memories with someone – in this case one of my best friends.

This is what swimrun is to me: taking on an adventure – truly an incredibly immersive one – and sharing it with someone. Overcoming adversity, supporting each other, and experiencing such a day in that raw, exposed environment is memorable with anyone: to have the privilege, the opportunity to do it with a close friend – that has the ability and fitness. That is something many can only wish for. In the true spirit of what ÖTILLÖ co-founder Michael Lemmel taught me on the islands those days last September, I return – to share camaraderie, nature, adventure and endurance with another friend.

Rich and I walked into it blind – not knowing how powerful the experience is. Now, I feel even more excited and privileged to return with a friend and share more of Michael’s vision.

Of course we want to be competitive – represent ourselves well. I believe in progression, moving forward – so we will focus intensely on the training and our preparation. I feel even more responsible now that I know the course, to train accordingly. But as I learned last year – this is about fully experiencing that day – however it goes. I don’t doubt we’ll be fit and ready, but I will also be certain to emphasise the spirit of swimrun: taking care of each other.

TOMASZ JAKUBOWSKI

SLM: You were happy with the training you did for the ÖTILLÖ 2017. How will your approach differ for this year?

CH: I felt like my years of training on trails and a variety of terrain had me ready. I will add some footwork drills this year and also some specific stability and strength work in the gym for that day in September.

I also believe there is a way to train specifically for the 20km run in the latter half of the race, to be more powerful, and have better leg turnover and speed. I will surely keep that in mind as well. My partner is a solid swimmer and solid runner. It will be important to keep him healthy – Like Rich last year, most people don’t have 25 years of endurance and ultra-endurance events in their system like I do.

Swimming remains the “easier” piece. I was prepared for that swim, even the pig swim, from open water swimming in the San Francisco Bay. We have that at our doorstep here – water temperatures around 11°C-13°C all summer with currents and choppy waves.

What works really well for me and also my training partner – are long simulation days. From nutrition to hydration, mindset to physical limits – it all gets tested. I feel as though swimrun can be simulated quite well up to about 10km of swimming and 45-50km of running.

SLM: What equipment did you guys use, and will you use the same gear again?

CH: Yes, and I won’t change that a bit. My sponsor, ROKA, is very happy that I’ll be doing the event again. I will also continue to reach out to the experts in the field: Jonas Colting gave me great feedback last year and I will use some of his products as well.

Even in last year’s conditions, I never felt like our gear was limiting. So, that will be a big relief in our training, planning and logistics this year – knowing that our gear works.

Read the complete interview here