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I LOVE OWS

Despite being the swimming equivalent of what a jogger is to running, Steve Lodge is a true convert to open water swimming

As a kid I can’t remember ever having a swimming lesson but at the age of six I won my first race – a 50 yard sprint. Although some 53 years ago, I vividly remember swimming as fast as I could, head down, until I needed to breathe before stopping to take in as much air as possible. I still have the small trophy even now.

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As spring finally arrives, it is time to start planning your summer swims. We have features on wild swimming in Spain and Florida and full event listings for races in the UK and around the world. Plus, we report from Russia and the UK on the final flurry of the season’s cold water swimming competitions. In this issue’s performance zone, as well as all the usual training and nutrition advice, we teach you how to master easy butterfly. This issue we celebrate a true pioneer of the open water: Mercedes Gleitze, the first British woman to swim the English Channel, was an independent working class woman who promoted open water swimming to a new audience.
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