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Inside the mind of an Ice Miler

Wendy Figures has completed not one but three ice miles – a mile in water of less than 5 degrees Celsius

Why would you want to put yourself through that Ice Mile experience more than once?

First of all for my health. I have rheumatoid arthritis which is why I came back to swimming after many years’ absence. At the end of 2014 summer season – apart from not wanting the season to end – I was suffering with bad inflammation in my hands and feet and I found that the pain of getting into cold water was far outweighed by the reduction in swelling and pain in my body. That, plus a fantastic bunch of people at Harthill, lots of cake and my stubborn determination for one-up-man-ship led me to my first Ice Mile in February 2015. I did say “never again” after and I meant it! At least for a few months...

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In our fifth anniversary issue we take a look back at the first five years of H2Open magazine as well as looking to the future and asking ,where will swimming take you in 2016? Whatever your level of swimming, there is a challenge out there for you! If that challenge is a winter swimming competition, we have plenty of top tips and expert advice on swimming in icy water. But if the cold doesn’t really do it for you, we have destination reports from sunny Bermuda and the German lakes. In this issue we also profile four young BLDSA swimmers as well as catching up with open water swimming champions Keri-anne Payne and Cassie Patten. Plus all the usual training, technique and nutrition advice and gear reviews. Happy swimming!