25/09/2014 by Carl Reynolds
from the wonderful Chris Ayriss – in my view a leading proponent of outdoor swimming, access and generally enjoying yourself.
Is this the real life or is it just fantasy?
Our Sceptered Isles unique culture is standing in the way of the free swimming movement. Across Europe and throughout America, outdoor swimming is a given during the summer months, but not so in good old Blighty.
Outdoor swimmers, wild swimmers, whatever they prefer to be called are increasingly frustrated at the swimming restrictions imposed upon them. True the risk of unsupervised outdoor swimming is greater than swimming under the watchful gaze of lifeguards at an indoor pool, but is it morally right to lock swimmers out of sight even if out of danger?
Surely no one would suggest that cyclists give up the open road in favor of a spin class, even if that meant they could never again have an accident.
No one would insist that marathon runners compete on tread mills rather than training and competing in the…
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