How to train in cold water only

SoundofJuraSoundofJura Member
edited January 2013 in Beginner Questions
Is it possible to train year round, in open water only, for a 10 mile Lake District (UK) swim in August?

I have no access to a pool but have swum daily off the west coast of Scotland and in fresh water lochs for sheer pleasure for 14 years. I typically swim (no wetsuit) for 25 minutes in winter (8C at the moment) and 60 minutes in the summer (max 14C).

I have good all round fitness: I run or hike, kayak or row daily and I have done a solo 6 mile sea swim - in a wetsuit.

Any suggestions or advice would be very welcome.

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