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PUT TO THE TEST

Fiona Ford shows you how to identify your threshold training paces for different distance swim challenges

PROGRESS IN SWIMMING IS NEVER LINEAR AND WE ALL SEE PEAKS AND TROUGHS

Training using an accurate idea of your threshold pace ensures your time spent in the pool remains effective, motivating and individually specific to your goal distance. However, in practice, many people train at a pace that feels right on the night but this could easily be too fast or too slow to maximise your potential performance gains for your target distance. For endurance athletes, training too hard or with inconsistent pacing inevitably leads to a plateau in performance.

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In this issue we explore cold water swimming and ageing in ‘The Tonic of Longevity’; Lindsey Cole, the Urban Mermaid, tells the story behind her swim of the length of the Thames collecting litter; we have psychological tips to help you deal with cold water; Elaine Howley celebrates pioneering Victorian swimming heroine Agnes Beckwith; and coach James Ewart explains how to swim faster by swimming slowly: it’s all in the maths! Plus, event reviews from Norfolk to Bermuda, warming winter recipes, swimming from Corsica to Sardinia and comprehensive UK and international event listings to help you plan your summer swims.