I am new to this site and will be doing my third TRi in New York on August 30th with my wife who is also a member here. While I have done 2 Tri before it has been more by grit then by method ( I am a good cyclist and runner but in the past have been the most god awful swimmer you have ever seen next to Eric Moussambani ) see youtube clip below for a better idea. Anyway that was last year.. this year I really have focussed on swimming and have improved beyond belief both in the pool and Open water.
My first question is when everyone here refers to a mile are you referring to a "swimmers mile" which is set at 1500 meters or a true land mile which is set at 1609 meters
My second question is I train both in a 25yd pool for a mile and Open water for the same distance.. does anyone else find it easier to swim OW than the pool even when it is choppy and wavy.I am finding a weird sort of comfort in the open water that I am not getting in a pool. When I turn to breath and see the ocean out in front of me I find it very relaxing and my arms and legs just keep going. I literally glide thru the water ...the pool is like running on a tread mill.