I've always felt very comfortable in the water. It's refreshing. It's certainly my element, and the pool will always be my quickest avenue to a zen-like state. I can't tell you how nice it is to have a clean, outdoor swimming pool just a few blocks away from my office. It's close enough that I can duck over there whenever I need a quick escape or reset.
Changing gears to some more specific news, I had a good, active-recovery swim yesterday and a decent, interval-based workout this morning. I've definitely backed off on the yardage (perhaps a little too quickly?) and feel solid in the water. I don't feel blazing fast, but I feel like I'm cruising -- and I'm definitely not as sore. Taper is an interesting science and it's not one I expect to get exactly right this go-round.
I'm starting to think more about specific targets and predicted finish times... more to come on that soon.