Thanks for the replies - I didn't think it sounded right but I'm at the "oh god what have a I DONE?" panicky stage of my training. Like I said, did the shorter version of the same event last year and couldn't fault the safety arrangements (loads of kayaks and bodyboards) so should be OK. Thank you!
Hijacking as also have a stupid open water swim question. Doing first Oli in three weeks, open water. Did same event as sprint last year, harder than a pool swim and daunting, but no problems once I'd calmed myself. Anyway, read yesterday that you should be able to swim TWICE your distance in a pool as you would open water, as it's that much harder. I can swim 1500m comfortably (if VERY slowly) in a pool. Thoughts? Thanks!
Many thanks for feeding back Dominic - much appreciated. I should say that to get all the results up on the day is still a great effort - my preference would be for all or none in the first instance but it's a preference, that's all. I hope you didn't think I came off as over-critical - my overall impression of the race was a very good one, and I was still thrilled a) to even finish and b) with my time so yay!