How big is your difference between OWS times and Pool times?
This question comes forth from a feeling of blockade. I've been putting in 4 sessions per week on average the last year and really made some progress compared to where I was last year. However, the last months or so, I feel I'm stuck. I think it also shows in my OWS times:
Last Sunday I swam a 6km race in the Netherlands through a river (De Lektocht). with a time of 01:57:34,66, I averaged on 3,06 km/ph or almost 2 minutes per 100m. According to my pool trainings, including longer distances, my css pace should be to 1.35 per 100m.
Is this difference a normal fact of life with open water swimming or should I do something about it? I'm asking this, because I was planning to do a 12km open water swim this summer and a 22km open water swim next year. I thought my pace was better by now which leaves me in doubt. I'm questioning which part of my training I should change to bring my OWS time closer to my pool times.