January is always a busy month for us at Outdoor Swimmer as, after taking a break over Christmas and New Year, we have very little time to produce our February issue. Luckily, our brilliant writers and dedicated editorial team have done a fantastic job and the new issue, which goes to press tomorrow, is looking fabulous. Things to look out for in February include:
- How outdoor swimming can help you stay healthy into old age and live longer
- Linsey Cole talks about the impact of her Urban Mermaid adventures and tells us exactly why she decided to swim the length of the Thames in November
- Sports psychologist Helen Davis shows us how to deal with the cold, mentally
- Ella Foote interviews Salt on your Tongue author Charlotte Runcie
- Elaine Howley uncovers the history of Victorian swimming star Agnes Beckwith
Meanwhile, as well as working on the February issue, I’ve been putting in the miles in the pool as I start to train for the 21+km Vidösternsimmet in Sweden in August. I’m sharing my training sessions on our website and via my personal Twitter account (@SimonDGriffiths), so if you’re looking for session ideas, feel free to borrow and adapt as you like. However, do remember that your training should fit into a broader plan based on your current levels of fitness and what you want to achieve. For example, if you’re training for the English Channel, these sessions might make a nice change but probably won’t form the core of your overall training plan.
Photo of the week
Today's photo of the week is of Leonard Martin, taken by his girlfriend, on a recent trip to Turkey with Strel Swimming Adventures. The picture was taken near Kas, on a morning swim as the swimmers were lit by a low sun rising behind them
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