Review: How we took on the inaugural Swimrun Australia

I’m not sure where I first found out about the inaugural SwimRun Australia, but I do know that when I first saw it I had no intention of participating in it.

Just one look at the distances – a total of 17km made up of 3km in swimming and 14km in running – was enough for me to quickly switch back to my off-season of surfing, camping and Friday night drinks.

The mistake I made was mentioning the event to Jules, I remember saying something sarcastic like, “we should do this in a team, haha”… unfortunately (or fortunately) these turned out to be famous last words, because that night Jules said she’d organised her employer lululemon (The Ivy) to sponsor our entry fees – thanks!, entered us in the mixed team category and booked time off for the event!

Why I wear Vorgee’s Missile and Vortech goggles

It’s no surprise that I only wear Vorgee goggles, OceanFit has had a nine year partnership with Vorgee stretching right back to when OceanFit was launched in 2009.

Why did I choose Vorgee way back in the beginning? There were two things that stood out,

  1. They are an Australia owned and operated business, based out of Queensland, and everyone who works there is passionate about developing amazing products for swimmers, and
  2. Their range of goggles is second to none, and their commitment to innovation is delivering swimmers technically superior goggles year after year.

Like all goggle brands, Vorgee has a large range of goggles for recreational to competitive swimmers, with faces of all shapes and sizes.

So, why did I choose the Missile and the Vortech as my two favourite goggles?

Top 5 open water swimming books

Are you looking to learn as much as you can about ocean and open water swimming?

Beyond the vast resources available on OceanFit’s website (including 100+ video lessons) there are a number of great books available in hardcopy or for your digital reader.

Some of these books are focused entirely on open water swimming, others are more general swimming-based, but I have read them all and can highly recommend them.

Here are my 5 most recommended open water swimming books (+ two bonus favourites):

Survey prize winner Paul takes part in the inaugural Catseye Classic

This post has been written by Paul Leskovec, winner of OceanFit’s 2016 annual ocean swims survey major prize.

Well, the excitement and nerves were racing in anticipation of the swim.

As a Canberra resident my only open water practice was swimming in the dirty freshwater Lake Burley Griffin at about 14 degrees, so the thought of a clear warm ocean was excitement plus.