So last night, instead of my normal swim workout, I decided to try benchmarking a bit to see where I might end up in the 1/2 Iron. So I swam laps (no flip turns) - 80 of them - for my 2000m. Here's what I ended up with...
first 750m: 14:06
second 750m: 16:00
last 500m: 9:11
grand total: 39:17
Not too bad! My pacing was good, although I was sorely tempted to sprint a bit to catch up with a dude in my lane that kept passing me. Then I kept getting stuck behind large-breaststroking-lady. Gr. I didn't do flipturns because I figured that was an advantage that I won't have in open water.
BTW, it's REALLY hard to count out 80 laps.
So I think I should be able to get the swim in the 35-38min range when I'm wearing a wetsuit and hopefully drafting off some poor schmuck! Hopefully the next three weeks in Europe won't throw that off too much!
I'm nervous, but at least I know I won't drown!