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5 minutes with… Caroline Block

In July, 32-year-old anthropologist Caroline Block from Baltimore swam the English Channel. Two weeks later she swam the North Channel, becoming the second woman to complete both channels in the same season

How did you first get into outdoor swimming?

When I was 14, I was recruited to be part of a relay to try and break the world record for a junior, two-way crossing of the English Channel. I am not sure why I was selected for this, but it seemed like it would be fun, so I said yes. I had never been open water swimming before, but a group of us trained in Florida for a month, and then went over and completed the two-way, breaking the world record in the process. We landed right on the Cap, but no one had told us anything about the tides, etc, so I had no idea it might be tough to get in. We were just there to swim!

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About Outdoor Swimmer

Outdoor swimming is not just about sport. It is about being part of a community, about fun and challenge, travel and escape from the day-to-day grind. It is about the thrill of feeling alive. It is being sat at your desk and dreaming of next weekend’s swimming adventure. If you find it hard to keep the thrill going through the dark days of winter, we’ve got 12 ways to help keep you motivated, including six top tips for cold water swimming. If you need something to look forward to, check out our Travel and Events sections for races and holiday destinations for summer 2017. Elsewhere in the magazine we hear from the Wild Swimming Brothers about their trip to Norway to tackle the world’s biggest whirlpools, and the truly inspirational Sarah Thomas talks to us about her mammoth 80-mile swim in Lake Powell. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming.
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