Did Reading Half Marathon yesterday to change this up a bit, nice course, stayed dry but ended badly with a queue of over an hour to reclaim bags at the end, very poor organisation, 1 tent with 1 way in for 10,000 runners! I was frozen by the time I got to my bag And just a little bit peeved, stood in the queue with a guy who'd done Wales last year as well and we reminisced about how 5 minutes after crossing the line we had a hot pizza and a coffee in our hands.
Decent pace all the way 7:30s all the way until the last 2 miles that were full into the wind and I slacked off to 7:50s. A little sore today but a rest day anyhow.
I don't enjoy swimming, but I'm an above average swimmer according to my stats and SWOLF scores, after lap 1 of IMW I was 7th in my age group, swimming in a pool bores me to tears, but I do it, I never skimp on the distances and I always try hard to improve on technique.
Arriving in Wales tired wasn't anything to do with swimming, more an age related thing I think, I'm an old bastard, I needed to either race 2 weeks earlier or to have had a slightly longer taper, this year I'm going to taper a bit longer and I won't be doing a Half Ironman this year either So that might help as well.
You should stick to the plan to be honest unless your body is telling you something different.