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Ed williams explains how to cope with not completing a challenge

You have trained for years and sacrificed your social life and family time in your journey to complete your open water swim. But then it all falls apart at the final hurdle. In our sport, no outcome is ever set in stone. Extreme weather, marine life, hypothermia and exhaustion can obliterate years of planning. We call these soul destroying experiences “unsuccessful” swims instead of “failed” swims, but it does not change the final outcome. Not completing a swim is never pleasant and is often followed by a feeling of emptiness. A lot of people will be happy to have at least attempted the challenge, but what about those of us that cannot accept the outcome and yearn to return to swim another day? Here we will go through six steps to reframe your previous experiences and return to complete your unfinished business.

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There is wild swimming and there is really wild swimming. This issue we bring you some pretty extreme swimming from the Arctic Circle. It is thrilling stuff, but if you like your thrills a little more genteel then check out our feature on swimming walks in Devon. Elsewhere in the mag we are feeling pretty zen: breathe deeply and read our features on yoga for open water swimmers and the benefits of mindful swimming. Not all of us are lucky enough to live near the open water. For many, me included, our regular dose of outdoor swimming is from our local lido. We look at the lido revival that is taking place around the country. As well as more event reviews and event listings than ever before we also have tips on better backstroke from Terry Laughlin, how to train with paddles from Fiona Ford and Ed Williams teaches you how to bounce back from failure. Plus, gear reviews, nutrition and loads more!