1) open water, 1500m, no watch so no time. Felt longer than usual, and the water was cold. I never got into my rhythm, and was holding up buddy Rachel which I felt bad about. She moticed that my stroke rate was too high, probably due to stress from the cold and from feeling slow! So that's something to concentrate on next week.
2) novice session, out to a 375m buoy and back (among a few other short loops). Most people made it fine, just one went back in the boat due to threatening cramp and slightly panicked breathing. I tried a bit of long, slow stroke swimming, and it felt pretty good, but I couldn't just go off as I was watching the novices!