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Outdoor Swimmer founder Simon Griffiths shares a couple of his longer distance pool sessions


It’s that time of year when it’s still not warm enough for long distance swims outdoors but, if you have long distance events coming up, you would benefit from increasing the mileage in your training sessions. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have a strong preference for doing your longer swims in open water, but when that’s not possible or convenient, the next best option is the pool. Here, you could just plod up and down for a few hours, and that may be worth doing occasionally to test your mental fortitude, but it’s not something I would wish on anyone. It’s more interesting to follow a structured training session. These also allow you to work on pacing and monitor your fitness, and the occasional short breaks give you mental space so that you can re-focus mentally and ensure you’re maintaining good technique.

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Mermaids! Romance! Time travel! Tescos! The April issue of Outdoor Swimmer has it all. We chat with our new guest coach and cover star Olympian Keri-anne Payne about her coaching philosophy, contributing editor Ella Foote meets some swimmers in a supermarket car park, Elaine Howley tells the story of small and repulsive mermaids and Mike Morris slips through time to meet a Victorian swimming champion. And we have two new regular features starting this issue: Eco Heroes, in which we celebrate people and companies striving to save the planet; and Wild About You, where we play matchmaker for solo swimmers looking for love. Plus Plus, how to train for your first open water mile as well as more long distance challenges, training day menus, swimming with cerebral palsy, a dream swim trip in the Maldives and comprehensive UK and international event listings to help you plan your summer swims.