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BEYOND BENIDORM

Jo Mitchinson braved the notorious Costa blanca resort for the oceanman european Championships

My 2015 open water season started with the first race of the Oceanman series in Altea, Spain. The concept is simple enough – finish in the top 10 in your age group (elite, 20-29, 30-39 and so on) in any of the qualifying races and you are eligible to compete in the Oceanman European Championships at the end of the season. Having won my age group in April, I got my head around a very long racing season that would conclude (luckily for me being a teacher) in half term. When the venue was announced as Benidorm I had visions of Club 18-30 holidays and hordes of stag and hen parties. I wanted to go and race fast – not drink all night and be kept awake. I was initially reticent about taking my husband and young daughter with me. I needn’t have worried! Checking in late on Friday night to our accommodation in Old Benidorm, it was apparent that our research had paid off and this part of Benidorm was very much a resort for families and elderly Spanish couples.

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There is wild swimming and there is really wild swimming. This issue we bring you some pretty extreme swimming from the Arctic Circle. It is thrilling stuff, but if you like your thrills a little more genteel then check out our feature on swimming walks in Devon. Elsewhere in the mag we are feeling pretty zen: breathe deeply and read our features on yoga for open water swimmers and the benefits of mindful swimming. Not all of us are lucky enough to live near the open water. For many, me included, our regular dose of outdoor swimming is from our local lido. We look at the lido revival that is taking place around the country. As well as more event reviews and event listings than ever before we also have tips on better backstroke from Terry Laughlin, how to train with paddles from Fiona Ford and Ed Williams teaches you how to bounce back from failure. Plus, gear reviews, nutrition and loads more!
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