The detective from Colorado Springs who specializes in Special Victims, high up in the Rocky Mountains, explains the event:
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Are you starting in Newport, Vermont (USA) and swimming to Magog, Quebec (Canada) and then running along the highway back to Newport?
Katie Benoit: The direction of the swim will be weather and current dependent according to race director Phil White.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How are you training for this? Mostly swimming or mostly running or half and half?
Katie Benoit: Training-wise, I am mostly swimming with a little running. I run about 3 hours a week and try to get 4-5 good swims of 5 km+ in on top. Occasionally, I have time for longer swims and runs but I don’t really go past 3 hours. I would not consider this ideal, but it’s a working adult’s reality. I find more training for me comes at the expense of sleep and leaves me feeling awful…Apparently my 30’s are teaching me to listen to my body which is a new concept for me.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: If you had your choice, would you do the run first or the swim first?
Katie Benoit: I would always want to swim first. I struggle with cold. Now even more so that I am even lighter than last season and believe cramping would be an issue. Darren Miller ran a sub-3 marathon and was trying to swim 6.2 miles under 3 hours after, but was stopped by cramping. I think it is safer to swim first.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Is your support crew going with you the entire way, both on the swim and the run?
Katie Benoit: Crew-wise I believe I will have new folks for the run. Phil [White] provides my crew for me; I am travelling alone this time.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How will your feeds differ, if at all, on the swim and the run?
Katie Benoit: Feeding will be a little different for the run. Instead of every 30 minutes, I will go to every 15 minutes and also up my fluids and electrolytes [because] I lose more on the run.
I am not quite sure what to expect, but I told Phil let us call it a combat shuffle rather than a run. Hopefully I will make it through the cold water relatively OK and will be semi-alert for the run. I really don’t know what to expect.
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