I did some calculations today trying to figure out exactly how far it is we're swimming. Today during practice I swam 1150 yards (22 laps). At least I think I did - I missed a few of the drills because I was pretty slow but based on what I remember, this is what I did. Don't forget this included numerous breaks, time for instruction, etc. so it wasn't 22 laps one right after another. I also used a pull buoy between my legs for most of it.
The swim distance for the triathlon is .9 miles. 1584 yards. 31 laps. No breaks. No gasping for air at the side of the pool. Plus a 28 mile bike ride and 6.2 mile run tacked on the end.
Boy do I have a lot of work to do!!