Torpedo SwimRun - Africa's 1st

Suzie’s Story

Torpedo SwimRun - Africa's 1st

Wow! Pretty much sums up my Torpedo SwimRun experience.

The SwimRun Tour consisted of a total of 16km’s spanning from Sandy Bay to Clifton 4th Beach. The route was broken up into multiple running and swimming segments with a total of 3km open water swimming (spread over 7 segments) and 13km road/trail running (again spread over 7 segments). The longest leg of running was under 4km and the longest swim was just over 1km – which may seem easy enough, but running in a wetsuit and swimming in running shoes presents quite a challenge!

Torpedo SwimRun - Africa's 1st

There are few events that combine these two disciplines and none that do it like the Torpedo SwimRun.

I discovered the Torpedo SwimRun events while looking for different training opportunities as I prepare for the Iron Man in April. I have been a runner for a few years and I’ve always been fond of swimming, especially in the ocean.

Torpedo SwimRun - Africa's 1st

It is such an adventure and a truly unique experience! Luckily, we needed very little equipment.

Kitted out in my wetsuit with the buoy strapped to my leg, I felt like Laura Croft from Tomb Raider. There were two back-up vehicles at the ready with drinks and snacks if needed. Being new this type of race format can be a bit intimidating but the crew and fellow participants were friendly and welcoming so I instantly felt at ease.

Torpedo SwimRun - Africa's 1st

We laughed as we picked our way through the kelp forests and tried to catch our balance on the rocks.

This may sound risky but we felt completely safe at all times – the SwimRun team went to great lengths to ensure that our safety was always first. A support boat was always nearby in the water and was replaced by back-up SUV vehicles when we hit the runs to make sure that the encouraging SwimRun crew were always close at hand.

Torpedo SwimRun - Africa's 1st

I’m not someone who enjoys racing although I do enjoy challenging myself from time to time.

The Torpedo SwimRun Tour was perfect for me in this respect. I felt completely comfortable going at my own pace, which meant I was dead last in and out of the water. But I never felt like I needed to pick up my pace and push myself harder. I was always congratulated at the end of each segment with enthusiasm from our experienced Torpedo guides.

Torpedo SwimRun - Africa's 1st

We must have been quite a sight emerging from the ocean.

Beach goers gawked at us as we galloped out of the water and sped up the beach to the road or scrambled over rocks. One man asked if we were making a James Bond movie! I offered to sign autographs but unfortunately I didn’t have a pen on me.

Torpedo SwimRun - Africa's 1st

I don’t think I ever stopped smiling the whole morning.

When we reached our last leg my stomach dropped, I didn’t want it to end. I was enjoying myself too much. The Torpedo SwimRun team put on an excellent Tour and it served as great preparation for the race – Torpedo SwimRun Cape Town. I can’t wait to get out there and do it again! Suzie Germs