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Digital Subscriptions > Outdoor Swimmer > October 19 > Getting back in the water

Getting back in the water

Barbara Heyes rediscovered the joy of swimming – and has never been happier!

When my alarm bleeped, I struggled to find the energy to switch it off – I was awake most nights worrying about work. Each week I drove hundreds of miles and was away from home for several nights. I’d lost count of missed social activities. I was 57, overweight and unfit – too stressed, depressed and busy to make time for regular exercise.

My family and friends watched me sink further into a pit of anxiety and ill health. Finally, I decided to listen to them … I quit my job.

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Along with the rest of the world we watched in awe on the morning of 17 September as Sarah Thomas swam into Dover to complete the first ever 4-way English Channel solo. The 37-year-old American and cancer survivor entered the record books after an incredible 54 hours and 10 minutes of swimming. An epic challenge that has rightly captured the world's attention. We were privileged to be part of Sarah's story as Outdoor Swimmer journalist and member of Sarah's support crew Elaine Howley posted live social media updates of the swim as it happened. Read Elaine's eye-witness account of Sarah's 4-way on page 32. Whatever the size of your goals, Outdoor Swimmer magazine aims to inspire your swimming adventures. As always, this issue brings you swim tips, training advice, destination and event reports, stunning swim photography and the most comprehensive UK and international event listings to help you plan your swims.