monty wrote:which is about 10s per yard slower than my pool time// I hate to break it to you, but unless you wear your wetsuit in the pool, you swam about 20 seconds a 100 slower. A guy your speed should also get about 10 seconds per 100 from the wetsuit, especially in salt water. One thing that could have happened is that you went out too hard, got gassed, and had to really slow down to make it through. You didn't say anything about that, but it happens to a lot of people.
And I'm not even counting if you drafted or not(you didn't say there either), thats another 4 or so seconds a 100 faster..Really sounds to me like you need to do some high speed, long rest 100's, get used to swimming around 1;20 pace or faster.
Hard to know exactly with what you told us, but your are waaaaay slower in OW for some reason..
According to strava I averaged 1:44 pace, which is 10s slower than my "best" 2100 in the pool, 32:40. But on average, whenever I go out and do OWS, you are right, some times I'm as much as 20s slower per 100.
I swam solo most of the way, I am not very good at drafting, I keep losing people's feet; I either am going faster than them, or can't latch on. This has happened to me on every single race I have done in the past 2 years.
With regards to me fading, you may be right. I wasn't able to warm up before my wave started, and this could've been an issue, as I find that I need 5-10 minutes of warmup before I can really hit a solid pace and hold it. Looking at my pace graph from strava shows I slowed down:
Garmin Connect shows something similar:
I checked my TP file, and first 20 minutes I swam 1:38 avg pace, and the next 17 minutes avg pace was 1:52. So there was def a slow down on my part.
However, there is still a significant slowdown whenever I swim in open water. This part Sunday I went for a 40 minute swim, and my avg pace was 1:47, and this was at an effort than in the pool yields me around 1:37 / 100 yards.