just got back from my first open water swim tonight - i *loved* it. only did about 400-500m, but i was mostly practising swimming straight without a clear pool with lines on the bottom to guide me! interesting how one can swim through pockets of really warm and then really cold water out there. funny how i felt even more relaxed in the bay than at the pool... i guess because i had a large area all to myself, no worries of other swimmers in my path. the length of the swim area is roughly 250m (likely more), so i'll get in some quality long swims back and forth along that. a nice beach along the bay which is quite close to home. lots of great scenery on the beach... nudge nudge. i'll be back, Cam -- Not every race can be a perfect experience, but every race can be a learning experience.