I am happy to report that I survived my 5K open water swim. As predicted the waves were between 3 and 4 feet and very choppy. It was a triangular course with bad chop on two legs and a helping wind on the third. What a treat to ride the waves into shore on the home leg! All of the advice was spot on.
1. Sighting was a problem due to the height of the waves and I often had to look two or three times to catch sight of the bouy between waves. We had skyscrapers to sight off of for two of the legs.
2. I decreased my stroke rate and found that I had less wave disruption in my rhythm and stroke.
3. I lengthened my body and stroke and it seemed to make it easier to cut through the waves.
I did enjoy the challenge of the rougher conditions and had a greater sense of accomplishment at the end of the swim compared to previous years.