A day of warm sunshine has helped Lake Coeur d'Alene to warm up a bit, and my swim this morning was pleasant. Either I am acclimating or else the water is definitely much warmer than Aquatic Park. I felt comfortable and had just a little regret that I was only supposed to go out for 8 minutes. The course is a 2-loop rectangle, with 9 buoys out and 9 buoys back. I'm trying to figure out a strategy that will help me pass the time, similar to a structured pool workout (vs. swimming a million laps for an hour). Maybe I will think of the way out as a 1-buoy warmup then 2 sets of 4 out, a crossover set, and then 2 sets of 4 on the way back + beach finish. Then repeat. Mentally I get in this mode where the swim seems to last forever! I think it's partly because it's hard to really mark distance out there unlike on the bike or running.
Okay, time to get my bike + transition bags ready! I call this T0 and it tends to be a lengthy "transition" for me!