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MILE OR MARATHON

Whether you’re doing your first mile this year or stepping up to swimming’s marathon 10k distance, Fiona Ford has got a training plan for you

TRAINING PLANS

If you’re preparing for your first open water mile this year, your training will be a little different to what you would do if you were an experienced swimmer aiming to complete a 10km (or longer) marathon. However, the principles are similar.

We have therefore put together a set of training sessions to get you started, whatever distance you’re aiming for.

There are three different sets of sessions for you to follow, depending on your current fitness and your end goal. Just pick the one that best matches your circumstances. We have divided these up as “first mile”, “1-mile to 5km” and “Marathon”. For each of these there are two “endurance” sessions (to improve your ability to swim the distance) and two “pacing” sessions (to help improve your speed).

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About Outdoor Swimmer

Welcome to our training special! Whether you have signed up for your first open water event or are planning an endurance challenge we have a plan for you – turn to page 44 for our one mile, 5k and 10k training schedules. We also have an intensive 10k DIY training camp for more advanced swimmers, as well as advice on how to successfully swim 24 miles in 24 hours and train for a swimrun event. Plus, our resident Olympian Cassie Patten answers your training queries and Total Immersion head coach Terry Laughlin trains your brain as well as your body. And if you haven’t yet signed up to an event to train for, check out our full listings starting on page 80. Outdoor swimming isn’t all about chasing that PB though. We hear from self-confessed dipper Joe Minihane about how wild swimming helped cure his anxiety and Ella Foote swims with Tessa Wardley, the author of a new book on mindfulness and swimming. And Jenny Landreth delves into the history books to explore the advice given to female swimmers in the 19th century. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming.
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