When I got back into swimming, I started in a pool, of course. Leading up to triathlons, I made myself move my training to open water a few weeks before. Last year it was a chore - a little scary, harder to find a rhythm.
This year, I really focused on smooth breathing, and a good rhythm, and after one tough swim really fell in love with open water swimming. Going a mile is like going for a long walk - a little tired at the end, but I feel like I could keep going if I stop for a drink.
I decided to meet up with the Open Water Chicago group that meets most weekends, early in the morning. I definitely like swimming with a group over plodding along alone.