I think it was VERY helpful...thank you, Cassie. We made a loop around half the lake (550 yds), then swam back and forth between the pier and one of the buoys. I sorta lost count, but I think we swam 850 yards total. Cassie tried swimming close to me to simulate race conditions, but I was too worried about kicking her. I guess I need to go practice with someone I DON'T like, and just kick away. Any suggestions or volunteers?
It's crazy how much harder open water swimming is. The next day I did laps at the SHSU pool while the kids played. I went 120 laps without stopping. That's 3,000 yards, and seriously, I could have kept going. I only stopped because I had to tend to my wifely duties, and go cook dinner. Ugh.