Hey newb here. I can’t do 2k continuously in a pool…i basicallly learned to survive in water when i was a kid and started training in pool in november last year.
Finally got around going in open water and while it’s different, i liked it more to a certain extent.
I had my buoy (which i didn’t use…) and i had a sleeveless wetsuit.
First the water not being as irritating was nice.
Then, looking at the wildlife underwater (while i still could see it) was super nice too
And then last but not least, the wetsuit magic is AWESOME. Floating and treading water is so much easier. Ended up swimming the longest ive ever swam in a session, with some breaks though.
Then i did some open water swimming last weekend when camping, only armed with my goggles. Although it was harder to get momentum without the wetsuit, and waves were also in the way, i still managed to get through it, while still taking breaks. So no matter what distance you have to cover, remember that you can always just tread water (which im horrible at by the way) or even go on your back to catch a breathe and relax.
In the first group i went to practice with, there was this lady that was super panicky, so she’d keep comforting herself, telling herself that she could do it and what not…and I then learned later on that 2-3 years ago, she couldnt even put her face in the water without panicking… So if she can do it like a boss, you can do it!