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SEVEN ARMED STARFISH

Social conditioning tells us that fragility is a negative trait and loss should be mourned. Seven armed starfish (Luidia ciliaris) teach us otherwise, as one of their strengths lies in fragility. Th eir limbs are brittle and snap off, allowing them to regenerate new limbs to replace ones damaged by predators. Last time I saw a seven armed starfish it was temporarily a six armed starfish with a gap waiting for an arm to regrow. Even when they have all seven arms you can oft en detect the pattern of previous loss, as the newer ones are shorter. Despite the stories that missing limbs tell, 19th Century naturalists were desperate to get intact specimens of seven armed starfish, as their fragility and propensity to drop all their arms in response to being caught made intact specimens rare.

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About Outdoor Swimmer

We are so excited to introduce this month's issue, which celebrates the diversity of the outdoor swimming community around the world. In recent weeks wild swimming has been criticised in the UK media as being white, middle class and elitist. In this issue we hear stories from beyond that stereotype, meeting swimmers who are challenging prejudice and encouraging participation in the open water. From Muslim swimmers in Hong Kong to the trans swimmer who finds strength in the water, we are a global and diverse community. PLUS Olympian Keri-anne Payne teaches you how to swim better breaststroke. Exploring wild swimming spots in Finland. On test: ear plugs. Cookery: Food on the move. Swimrunner - new magazine section devoted to the exciting sport of swimrun!

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I am so excited to introduce this month's issue, which
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Share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #swimwildandfree
Simon Griffiths is excited about doing the Million Metre Challenge again
Simon Murie reflects on Indonesia’s swimming culture and his involvement in promoting open water swimming
Fragile strength. By Susanne Masters
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Hints of spring’s impeding arrival draw us outside. By Pete Kelly
Epilepsy hasn’t stopped Annie Bean from taking on challenging open water swims
Features
Jonathan Cowie meets Team GB open water swimmer Alice Dearing
In the strained relations between the West and Islam, have we lost sight of what swimwear is really for? Simon Holliday explores…
The Black Swimming Association is a new organisation set up to break down barriers to swimming within the BME community. By Ella Foote
Transgender swimmer Eden Elgeti has found her tribe in outdoor swimming. Interview by Ella Foote
No history of open water swimming would be complete without the story of one truly international swimming family.
Excel
Olympic medallist Cassie Patten answers your swimming questions
It's not all about front crawl! Keri-anne Payne explains how to perfect your breaststroke
Simon Griffiths takes a look at the concept of critical swim speed and how to design your own training sets
Sports psychology consultant Helen Davis helps marathon swimmer Fergal Somerville
Seasonal food ideas to prepare at home and accompany you on your outdoor swim, ensuring you refuel with proper food
PROMOTED EVENT
Explore
Exploring Southeast Asia in the water is a fantastic
Päivi Pälvimäki, a swimming guide from Finland, shares her favourite outdoor swimming spots and events in Finland this year
4-8 November 2020
Events
It’s 7 o’clock in the morning, the water is 25 degrees
UK AND INTERNATIONAL EVENT LISTINGS
Pier to Pier Sunset Swim Saturday 11 July - 4.30pm or 6.30pm Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim Sunday 12 July – 10am or 12 noon
27-28 June – Sirmione; 5-6 September – Isola d’Elba, 3-4 October – Bergeggi
Saturday 12 September 2020
Great North Swimrun, Lake District, 6 June Great East Swimrun, Suffolk, 20 June
Editor, Swimrunner
Aswimrun is exactly what it says: you swim and run.
Simon Griffiths takes part in a short, fun swimrun in and around Alton Water
Angus Greenwood is on a mission to create the world’s most flexible, comfortable and efficient swimming wetsuits
The swimmer safety device you’ll forget you’re wearing (until you need it)
Gear
Ear plugs should be in everybody’s kit bag. Becky Horsbrugh finds out why and tests a range of models