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INTO THE ICE

Pauline Barker gives you the lowdown on what it takes to succeed at one of swimming’s most extreme challenges
Image credit: Rory Fitzgerald and Annette Daly

I’m often asked: ‘I want to do an ice mile, how do I train for it?’ The simple answer is that you take your time and train steadily over several seasons of winter swimming in order to prepare your body for one of the toughest swims on the planet. An ice mile is not to be taken lightly – it carries the same risks as other extreme sports and can be very dangerous if you are unprepared.

Each individual reacts differently to the strain of cold water immersion but it is recommended that a doctor’s check-up, with an emphasis on heart and blood pressure, is carried out before taking up cold water swimming. A recent (within three months) ECG is mandatory under International Ice Swimming Association rules for any Ice Mile attempt.

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About Outdoor Swimmer

Welcome to the Christmas issue. This month we talk to English Channel record holder Becky Lewis about her seven crossings (and counting!) and to Beth French about her plan to complete the Oceans Seven in one year, despite suffering from ME. Have you ever wanted to swim an Ice Mile? We have expert advice on how to train safely for one of swimming's most extreme challenges. And if you like a bit of trail running with your outdoor swimming, we take an in-depth look at the endurance sport of swimrun. We have inspiring travel features on Italy, Scotland and the French Riviera. And as it's Christmas we have some delicious cake recipes to try! Plus all the usual training advice and sessions, news, interviews, inspirational stories and event listings for 2016.
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