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LAST HURRAH!

Training sessions to keep you mentally and physically fresh for a great end of season performance. By Fiona Ford

TRAINING PLANS

Just because the racing season is coming to an end doesn’t mean you need to slow down. It’s just a case of doing the right training to keep you firing on all cylinders while holding fatigue at bay. The sessions in this issue are therefore aimed at extending your summer performances into a winter training block. If you’ve been focused on endurance training and distance freestyle events through the spring and summer, it can leave your technique in need of a refresh and your system in need of a gear change. To achieve this, and to keep you mentally and physically fresh at the end of a long season, there is nothing quite like using some new (or even old) equipment or training aids. These sessions help you incorporate any swim training gear you have already and suggest some recommended items, to put your training through its paces and add some variety. Your motivation and performance for any late season events should therefore move up a notch or two as a result!

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About Outdoor Swimmer

To paraphrase Ethel Merman, everything in the world of outdoor swimming is coming up roses. There may be thorns (such as FINA’s wrongheaded wetsuit rules), but we are undergoing a period of exciting growth with more and more people swimming outdoors and distance records being smashed around the world. One of the trailblazers in the world of marathon swimming is Sarah Thomas. In ‘Century Swim’ we meet her to talk about her mind-blowing 104-mile world record swim. For many outdoor swimmers, autumn is time to hang up wetsuits and swimming costumes until spring next year. With that in mind this issue is a pool training special, including a beginners’ guide to swim training aids. But your swimming season needn’t end now – in ‘Extend your Season’ I look at how and why you should swim outdoors all year round. If you’re anything like me, a lot of your time is spent procrastinating about getting into cold water. Our competition this month is to win the ‘Outdoor Swimmer’s Guide to Faffing’ calendar (and a snowflake swimming hat) by artist and outdoor swimmer Nancy Farmer. Check out the competition on page 23. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming. Jonathan Cowie Editor
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