Podcast: Odyssey SwimRun Austin Race Report-yes we talk a little nutrition as well

Welcome! and Thank you for listening.  The Odyssey SwimRun is in the books.  It was our first team event, and our first ever tethered swim!  

Covid restrictions has dampened our usual racing season.  That seems a little selfish, but we use races as life challenges.  Marathons, ultras, and Ironman races are ways to get out of your comfort zone.  You never know what will happen, but you know there will be challenges both in training and on race day.  The concept of SwimRun was inaugurated after a bet with two friends to swim island to island running in between.  It was called Otillo or island to island.  The original race covered 24 islands in Sweden.  Competitors carry their swim gear of paddles, and pull buoys, goggles and caps while wearing a wetsuit during the running portion.  The swim is done in shoes while being tethered to a race partner.  The race has caught on in other countries and the Odyssey SwimRun company has several races in the United States.  Winners are eligible for the World Championship in Sweden.  

Michael and I decided to give it a go and signed up for the Austin event a year ago.  Covid hit and pools closed so our swimming came to a halt.  Many other races were canceled, but we got word a month ago that the Austin SwimRun was on.  So with less than 2000 yards of swim practice and no tether experience, we set out for the long course event that totaled over 13 miles of running and 6000 yards of swimming.  

Today’s podcast is my recount of the event.  Spoiler alert: we finished and had a great time.  Perhaps you will join us in another event.  If not at least check out our website to learn about optimal health and wellness through plant based nutrition and movement at

Don’t know how to cook plant based?  Grab our cookbook or get one for a friend: Plant Based Wellness Cookbook, the Doctor, the Dietitian, and the Diva.  

Thanks for listening!

  1. Reply
    Suzie Matthews

    Loved hearing about your swim/run and NO snakes seen! I know Texas has those Cotton Mouth Water Mocassins…I have seen them living in Texas myself……… glad you and Mike had the best time of your life and dancing with Caleb…….you are auch a great influence on all of us …to get out there and move………..welcome back and another great Podcast!!!!!!!

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    Chuck Culp

    Thanks Doc! One of your most humerus stories to date! I felt your struggles and the vivid descriptions were awesome. Sometimes I thought you and Mike might not make it. Looking forward to your next talk. With Thanksgiving on the horizon, good info on the folly of the carnivore myth is going to come in handy.

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