Distance day today. Got to the pool and in the water right before noon. I brought lots of liquids and a few gels with me. I just got into a nice steady and even pace and held it for the next several hours.
I stopped 30 laps for liquids and every 80 laps for a gel. The longest I stopped for any break was 1 minute while I talked to another person swimming next to me about our open water group and how he should join us. I just LOVE the look people get when I tell them how far I plan on going. "Your going HOW FAR??" All other breaks were only 10-20 seconds max. I started to get a bit tired at 10,000 and my neck started to hurt around 11,000. I pushed through it anyway. Around 11,500, my brain did some magic and my body went "numb" and all my pain and being tired was gone. The trade-off was that I got EXTREMELY hungry! For the rest of the swim, I could only think about all the food I wanted to eat.
Finished my swim with 260 laps pushed into my lap counter on my finger.
13,000 yards today in 3:54. I"m happy with this.