So we're on our way with Moana. I think progress may come a little quicker now that she's got the being relaxed in the water thing down. That is key #1 for sure.
Speaking of swimming... we did our favorite Ironman workout this morning... 4 x 1000's descend 1-4 w/ 1' rest. Simple. Not easy. I almost managed to nail it... almost being the key word there. Funny thing though my 1st one was just a moderate warm up effort and was only ~20-30" slower than my next 3 which were all 15:20-15:27 (LCM) and felt increasingly hard. So I'm thinking that if I stay super relaxed and swim warm up pace/effort in Canada, I'll give up less than 2' total on my swim split and come out of the water having conserved a good bit of energy. That seems like no-brainer race strategy to me!