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To paraphrase Ethel Merman, everything in the world of outdoor swimming is coming up roses. There may be thorns (such as FINA’s wrongheaded wetsuit rules), but we are undergoing a period of exciting growth with more and more people swimming outdoors and distance records being smashed around the world. One of the trailblazers in the world of marathon swimming is Sarah Thomas. In ‘Century Swim’ we meet her to talk about her mind-blowing 104-mile world record swim. For many outdoor swimmers, autumn is time to hang up wetsuits and swimming costumes until spring next year. With that in mind this issue is a pool training special, including a beginners’ guide to swim training aids. But your swimming season needn’t end now – in ‘Extend your Season’ I look at how and why you should swim outdoors all year round. If you’re anything like me, a lot of your time is spent procrastinating about getting into cold water. Our competition this month is to win the ‘Outdoor Swimmer’s Guide to Faffing’ calendar (and a snowflake swimming hat) by artist and outdoor swimmer Nancy Farmer. Check out the competition on page 23. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming. Jonathan Cowie Editor

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How and why you should keep swimming outdoors through the year. By Jonathan Cowie
At 8.30am on 8 August 2017, Sarah Thomas began a 104.6-mile swim in Lake Champlain, New York. 67 hours and 16 minutes later she set a new record for the world’s longest current neutral swim. By Jonathan Cowie
After her life in London unravelled through drink and drugs, Amy Liptrot retreated to Orkney where wild swimming became part of her rehabilitation. Ella Foote meets the author of best selling memoir The Outrun
Only five humans have managed to swim from the storied Farallon Islands to mainland California. By Elaine K Howley
Escape the stress of the city with a weekend of wild swimming adventures. By Becky Horsburgh
Our resident Olympian answers your swimming questions
Paddles, fins, snorkels, pull buoys… What should you be using in your training, and why? Swim coach and swimmer Dan Abel of Fit&Abel gives us the lowdown on swimming training equipment
We assembled a crack team of swimmers to test a range of swimming training aids to bring you our choice of the best kit to use in your training sessions
Training sessions to keep you mentally and physically fresh for a great end of season performance. By Fiona Ford
Can’t we all just get along, asks Dan Bullock, head coach at Swim for Tri
Total Immersion head coach and founder Terry Laughlin looks at the importance of knowing your time for 100 metres
In part four of his series looking at the basics of front crawl technique, Ocean Walker coach and founder Adam Walker looks at rotation
Helen Davis explains how to control your inner voice by thinking smartly
70 islands, 600 miles of coastline. Ella Foote visits Orkney and discovers an archipelago perfect for wild swimming adventures
If you like to start the day with a swim in the sea, visit Israel. By Mikhal Heffer
1600 champion swimmers brave rain, wind, chop and a few twigs at the annual Dart 10k.
Simon Griffiths took part in My Sporting Times’s inaugural Long Reach Swim
8 Bridges is an eight-day adventure down the Hudson River, NY, covering 120 miles.