Weekly Fourcast: Helena Bjälkemo

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Weekly Fourcast: Helena Bjälkemo

For this Weekly Fourcast, we sat down with Jaybird Ambassador Helena Bjälkemo, an elite Swedish runner and SwimRun competitor. As a full-time working mother of two toddlers, Helena and her husband George (a SwimRun world champion) often struggle to fit training into their busy lives, but as she says, it’s “oh so worth it.”

SwimRun, a multi-stage outdoor race that involves multiple transitions between swimming and running, originated in Sweden with the ÖtillÖ, a 75km course across 26 islands of the Stockholm archipelago.

“SwimRun is a perfect mix of physical challenge and adventure,” Helena says, “an intense nature experience through magical forests and deep waters, shared with a friend.”


Helena’s Recommended Podcasts:

Rich Roll Podcast, Episode 486: Quelling Stress with Rangan Chatterjee, MD

I enjoyed their chat about SwimRun, describing their amazing nature adventures. Dr. Rangan has also done a SwimRun with his son, very inspiring. Also, he talks about how passion can heal people and that exercise in nature is linked with better overall health.


Maratonpodden, Episode 161: Helena & George Bjälkemo (in Swedish)

Well, I hope this episode inspires parents to follow their dreams and stop feeling guilty about making time for their own well-being.


Wiss & Swärm – On the Run, Episode 30: Life hacks (in Swedish)

I like this podcast because the girls behind it are very open and transparent about their struggles in combining training with their busy lifestyles. In this specific episode they provide us with lots of great life hacks that enables us to be more successful with our time management.


Träningspodden, Episode 133: Det stora testavsnittet (in Swedish)

In this episode, nutrition expert Tony Fagerdahl talks about ways to measure the body’s nutritional levels, how diet affects us both mentally and physically and what we should eat every day for the ultimate nutritional intake.


The Weekly Fourcast is a series of curated podcast recommendations from our athletes, ambassadors and employees. Every week, we’ll drop a new list of four shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from the Jaybird crew—the perfect audio fuel for the week ahead.