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KEEPING WARM IN COOL WATER: FAT AND FICTION

Simon Griffiths takes a look at the research study behind FINA’s controversial ruling on wetsuit use in elite swimming events

WATER TEMPERATURE

Experience of swimming in cold water had no correlation to the rate of cooling

Back in 2014, researchers at the Extreme Environments Laboratory at the University of Portsmouth studied the effects of swimming in cold water on core body temperature. The study was funded by the international governing bodies for swimming and triathlon and among the questions they wanted to answer was: what is a physiologically safe lower water temperature for elite endurance swimming?

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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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