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SWIM Q&A LORI KING

On 16 June, Lori King, 40, became the second person ever to swim continuously around Bermuda. She completed the 36.5 mile swim in 21 hours 19 minutes 45 seconds, setting a new record for the fastest time.

What was the inspiration for circumnavigating bermuda?

I had become fascinated with what your mind and body must go through to swim for very long periods of time. I needed to see for myself. After I completed the Catalina Channel my mind kept going back to a long swim. Catalina hurt, they all hurt. But I could not get my mind off of it. I signed up for the seven-stage, 120-mile 8 Bridges Hudson River swim to see how that would feel on my body. I told myself that if I was able to complete all seven stages, I would get serious about planning Bermuda.

I completed the swim over seven days and it took me 34 hours, 15 minutes, 45 seconds. I learned a great deal that week about marathon swimming, myself, my nutrition and what I could handle mentally and physically.

Bermuda itself was also an inspiration. It is a really special place to me. When I went there for the first time I felt a connection, like I had been there before. I really believe it is important to understand where you are swimming, the water in which you are swimming and to always respect the swim itself.

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We know that most of our readers are fully converted to the joys of swimming outdoors and only venture into indoor, chlorine-filled pools when necessity (or a training schedule) dictates. But it seems that some people haven’t yet discovered our world. They don’t know the thrill of cool water against their skin, the joy of looking up and not seeing a roof but sky and trees. They don’t know how to gauge the temperature of natural water (nice, cool, flippin’ freezing!) or the special properties of river, lake and sea water. When they swim they don’t hear bird song, they hear the aqua aerobics class from the lane next to them. If you know one of these people, please help them by showing them a copy of this magazine. We have lots of inspirational stories and features to help them break out of that chlorine-filled box. What better way to dip into swimming outdoors than wild swimming in our beautiful national parks? Our feature on the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales will guide you to the best swim spots in both parks. Or if you prefer your waters a little warmer, why not head to the Costa Brava, where I explored the coast from the safety of new boat-free areas. We have also been hearing from readers about their epic swims: English Channel, North Channel, round Bermuda and the length of Britain’s longest river. We love reading your inspiring stories, even if your challenges sometimes scare us a little bit... Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming.
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