Ok, I've got my first sprint tri with a pool swim next weekend. I had no idea what time to enter for the expected swim time as I have been swim training for eight weeks and entered over a month ago. I wrote 8:30 for the 400m as that seemed reasonable.
Well, I *can* swim 400m in 8:45 in training, just swimming steadily - including three 15 sec breaks, one at the end of every 100m. And that's the problem, I don't think I can swim 400m non-stop - or rather, how much slower I'll be if I don't stop.
Are there any rules on stopping in a pool swim? There are 3 other people in my lane. I guess if I stopped I'd do so for 10 secs every 3 lengths (it's a 33m pool) - and then I know I can easily do the swim in the expected time. If I keep going I'm concerned I'll slow down so much that I'll hold everyone up.
Please advise, I'm getting a bit worried about all of this now... it seemed like a really good idea, start swimming, start cycling, do a tri two months later, and now I realise just how underprepared I am, and how cr@p I am at swimming and cycling (I already knew about the running!).
oh - and another stupid question, whilst I'm embarrassing myself - do you dry yourself before getting on the bike? If not, aren't you very cold on the bike?