On Thursday morning I had an open water swim on my schedule 3 laps... slow, medium and fast. I've been to this lake before; swam there countless times this last Summer. I have no idea why I was so nervous getting in. It took me 15 minutes to get up the courage to take the plunge.
I finally did. :)
Lap times were so-so, but I was having some problems stretching out my stroke. I don't think I had my wetsuit up all the way, where it needed to be, on my shoulders. I was warm and bouyant though, so the wetsuit did it's part! So bouyant that I barely kicked the first lap! Each subsequent lap decreased and I'm sure I'll get better over time.
Something about not being able to see through the water freaks me out a little bit and I have to practice resisting the urge to come up out of the water, other than to sight, so much.