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Digital Subscriptions > Outdoor Swimmer > February 19 > PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT


Changing your stroke can feel strange but now is the perfect time to work on improving your technique. By Jonathan Cowie and James Ewart

The months preceding the main summer open water swimming season are the perfect time to look at your technique and implement changes that will make you both faster and less prone to injury. Last month I attended a one-onone session with Total Immersion coach James Ewart, the first in a series of six sessions. My swimming had been stymied by a niggling shoulder injury that was preventing me from training; with a full race card of summer swims already booked I was desperate to get back in the water. Using underwater video analysis James was able to identify flaws in my stroke that could be contributing to my shoulder problems.

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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.