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The 3 best islands to swim around in Croatia

We like to swim around islands and here are our best swimming islands in Croatia. A good advice is to make sure not to swim alone and that both have a safety buoy with you.

Galešnjak – <3

The island that looks like a heart. We parked near this sign (picture) and then swam over to the island. The water was clear and with a lot of current. By the island we swam to the left. Here was it a powerful current in the wrong direction and it’s a tough swimming. When you’re going to round the first run it’s shallow. There are many rocks and many sea urchins on the bottom. Hold out from land because you do not want to step to the bottom. Along the back of the island, there is a nice swimming before rounding a cape to get into the top of the heart. The water was calm and there were a lot of fish. The last bit from top to bottom and then over to land again is a tough swimming with current water.

Map 
Total about 3600 m

 

Otok Krapanj

A island where it once lived 2000 people but now only 200 people. We parked at a small shop (Konzum) near the water and walked down to the beach. The water here is not all as current as at Galešnjak. The view is magical with high mountains around the island. We swam to the left past the docks and boats before we got to the other side of the island. It’s not so deep here and there’s sea urchins on the bottom so it is important to hold out properly and not put down your feet. The island felt small from the start but is bigger than you think. The swimming between land and island is relatively short and easy swimming.

Map
Total about 4000 m

 

Otočić Smokvica

We drove to Primosten and then past hotel Zora and parked at a parking lot. We went out on the beach and swam to the island. The water was calm, super clear and there were no sea urchins. The swimming around the island was magical and relatively short. It’s deep all the time and there is no risk of stepping on sea urchins.
Magical swimming!

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Total about 1600 m

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Rockman Swimrun Pyrenees – Race report

We have been looking forward to this race for moths. It looked so cool and it was even more cool doing it.

We where flying to Barcelona and then driving up to Pyrenees and then we checked in at Ligüerre Resort. It’s a magical place and a famous place for weddings.

The day before the race we were out with a photographer and to film a bit of a race video. We saw some amazing parts of the course.

In the evening there was race briefing and dinner and it felt nice to have tested all the stuff earlier in the day so we had everything under control before the race day.

Race day! The start was moved to 9am, we started jogging together from the hotel area before the race started down a steep slope and towards the first swimming.

Down by the water we had a fun surprise, it was strong currents and we went around like in a washing machine before we could swim to the first beach flags. Fortunately, it was in the right direction and we got a good flow right away. Up from the water and into the forest as the first team.

We were running/walking/splashing in uphill in a river for about 40 minutes. It felt more like an adventure than a race. A Norwegian team ran past us after a while but then we didn’t see any other teams. At the top of the river at a waterfall we turned left and up to reach the first check point. It also turned out that the men’s team who ran past us got lost so we were back in the lead.

After the first checkpoint it was a long downhill part and we were running in a comfortable pace. A new men’s team is about to pass us at the end of the hill and we ran together with them to the next swimming. At the swimming we were faster and retured to the hotel and the check point as the first team before it was time for loop nr 2. 

Loop No. 2 began with a technical run over big rocks before we went up to a canyon. Besides the canyon we experienced the most amazing running paths and with a really steep cliff on the side. The run at the canyon ended with a tunnel before we got out on the other side and experienced even more beautiful views. This part was a real struggle for Patrik as he fighted to run up the hills. 

Down to the next swimming and here was the swim to a church in the middle of the water in a big pond. 

After two swimmings here, it continued up. A smaller gravel road led us towards one more church and here were all 3 teams in the lead relatively close to each other. It was hot and heavy and we were really thirsty. Right up at the church all 3 teams were gathered and we ran down together again. The Norwegian team who first ran past us at ran first down and we after. There were small winding paths leading us down to an asphalt road and down to the hotel where we were going to swim the last swimming. The second men’s team were running past us and we came to the last swim as third team. The water that had been really flowing a few hours earlier was now calmer and not at all as high. We saw the other teams go on the side of the water while we tried to swim in the middle. We managed to swim faster than one teams and towards the end of the swimming we toke more and more on the leading team. We get out of the water at the same time as one person in the other team. We started to run while the other the other team had to wait until both are out of the water. We didn’t say much, we just ran. Both of us think the same thing… just run. Don’t think. 50 meters before goal, Patrik takes up the camera and films the finish when we won the Rockman Pyrenees. So incredibly cool! We didn’t expect this at all.

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Race report – Koster Swimrun

It’s storm and it’s time for our first swimrun together, Koster Swimrun. 
We went out to Koster Islands Friday afternoon. Stormy and rainy! 
Race briefing on the evening and they told us about the course and that they had made some small changes because of all the big waves.

On Saturday morning it was still windy, they had made some more changes and we got to understand why later. The waves were super big! 
We started with a jump from a ferry and a short swim. The first swim felt easy. The first run felt a little bit heavy, maybe because we did’t warm up som much. The views was stunning and we came to the first swim with waves. It didn’t go so smooth. Fanny had big problems with just about everything …. The swim is not easy when you don’t get everything right.

But during the next swim everything felt like normal. We where swimming side by side in big waves and felt unstoppable. Coming up from the water and both of us where smiling. It felt so good. All the coming swims felt really synchronized, as they use to feel.

The most exposed part of the race, the southern part of the west side of Koster Islands was removed due to the stormy weather, but that felt ok when we saw the big waves that hit the shore. Instead we got to run on a very technical part of South Koster. It was very challenging but we had it together.

The last swim was pretty long, and there were many jelly fish. Patrik did get one in his face and it burned him. A lot of people said that it was cold in the water especially the last long swim but we didn’t felt that. I guess we have great wetsuits 🙂

In the end there were som climbing/running along the shore until we reached to goal where we got saluted by Petter and the rest of the Koster Swimrun crew.

It felt great! The race is så nice and the environment on Koster Island is amazing. We hope we can come back next year and run the whole course.

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Help us help Bali Hope

We need your help! Plastic in the sea is a big problem around the world, just look at these pictures from Bali. We are going to Bali in December to be a part in a fundraising project that will help the Bali Children Foundation Limited to make a differens. We are one of 15 teams who are a part of Bali Hope Swimrun and we will raise money before the race. Help us help the planet.

Read more and donate at this link.

https://give.everydayhero.com/au/team-lost

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Race report – 2XU Idre Fjällmaraton

We did it! 28 k in the Swedish mountains. Our goal on this race was to have fun, record some content and share the race at our and 2XU Swedens insta stories. 

We came up to Idre on the day before the race and stayed with the 2XU team. It was a long time since both of us ran this far so this race where more like training to upcoming races. 
The weather was almost perfekt for running. Not to warm and not to cold. A little bit rain but not to much. The first 8 k was quite easy.  After the second energy stop we got to see the magic views. We played some music and had fun. Sometimes it was both sun and rain at the same time. It was beautiful. 

The second part of the race was a little bit harder. Big hills and a lot of stones on the trail. It was as promised a tough race. We took it easy without any stress. We are so proud that we didn’t got lost and it was a super fun race.

Go visit our Facebook page if you wanna see the video from the race.

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Travel day to Idre

Hi! Today it’s Friday and this particular Friday it means travel to Idre for Idre Fjällmaraton tomorrow. It’s our first race in the mountain as a team and we are very anxious to be a part of this cool race. We will be running the 28k race. We’ve heard that this is a very beautiful race so we’re going to take it easy and just enjoy the environment.

Follow us live through the race tomorrow on Instagram, @2xu_sverige and our own channel @teamlost.

We wish all of you who’s participating the best of luck!

Happy running!