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HAPPY SWIMMING

Dan Abel gives us six ways to put the fun back into our swimming, and three ways to take it out again

Want to know how to train be¤er, get injured less and perform better in training and races? Want to know the magic elixir that can help you achieve all of this? It’s called ‘fun’. Add it to any swim, get the dosage right, and you will be astounded at the results. Sounds a bit simple? I am totally serious about adding fun to your swimming.

The essentials of swim technique, fitness and open water skills are important; however, getting caught up in these three foundations can leave little room for the F-word! It can leave your swimming feeling a little, er, dry.

You may recognise the symptoms of not having enough fun. It may be an undefined loss of your swimming mojo, a difficulty in getting out of bed in the morning to swim, a feeling that you’re working hard but getting nowhere and a sense that the old adage of ‘just add water’ isn’t enough anymore.

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In this issue we explore wild swimming in Scandinavia, where the right to roam extends to swimming outdoors – in some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. We also bring you reports from some our favourite events of the summer – more swims for you to add to your bucket list! We hear from Howard James and Sabrina Wiedmer about their record breaking swims – the earliest (and coldest) English Channel crossing and the first woman to cross the Dál Raita Channel, respectively. And if that all sounds a bit too hardcore and serious, Dan Abel shows us how to keep our swimming fun. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming.
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