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Helen Davis looks at how you can ‘control the controllables’ of your race



Firstly, take some time to think about what you have to contend with as an open water swimmer. Consider the list below; these are some examples of the unpredictable ‘uncontrollable’ events you may have to deal with. Can you add some of your own to the list? Think about whether you have spent time considering these events rationally in terms of your performance or have these events ever provoked worry or anxiety? Secondly, take some time to consider what you can control as part of your performances in open water swimming and list them in the chart. One example has been added to start you off.

Uncontrollables’ in open water swimming

* Water temperature

* Changing weather and water conditions

* Nature’s creatures (eg, jellyfish)

* Water conditions (eg, currents/tidal flows/waves/swells)

* Other people (eg, arms flailing, bodies jostling for position, being kicked)

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Flicking through my Facebook feed on a weekend I am always astounded by the sheer variety of challenges swimmers around the world take on, from wild dips to awe-inspiring marathon swims. This past month Caroline Block finished just short of a two-way North Channel crossing; Chloë McCardel announced her new world record attempt – a four-way English Channel; and Sarah Thomas swam into the record books with a 104-mile swim in Lake Champlain. It often makes me feel very inadequate! But sometimes swimming is about more than just swimming This issue we look at how you can give back to the swimming community, and Becky Horsbrugh visits Bangladesh to work for a drowning prevention charity. Author Victoria Whitworth talks about the transformative power of swimming outdoors and coach Mat Hudson explains how to swim strong for life. Plus, wildlife, nutrition, training, wild swimming and reviews. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming. Jonathan Cowie Editor