Did 6000 straight today. I felt GREAT! Stopped every 2000 for hydration and food trials. Learned that taking a bit of banana and eating it makes me sick 500 yards later. Taking a bite and mushing it in my mouth until it's baby food THEN swallowing is ok.
Finished entire swim including eating breaks in 1:47.
Felt really good when done. I'm feeling more confident about my upcoming swims and any doubts about finishing them are slowly going away.