- Places me neatly behind the feet/fins of my SwimRun Buddy (stronger swimmer) so benefit from his draft
- Less stress of losing pace and being dropped (and worse disqualified for being more than 10m apart)
- My swimming was generally no slower and fortunately my partner didn't notice any slowing/pulling him back
- The rope does move quite a bit in the water (especially in the sea) so you can easily hit it with padddles (at back) or feet (at front) - it is elasticated but it can sometimes be a nuisance. The best position is a very slight pull, which keeps it tight and straighter in the water. As the rear swimmer (so the rope is in front of me) I find it easiest to rotate my arms either side of the rope.
- You obviously have to carry the rope, which I generally wrap around my waist, for the entire race. There is also that extra step in transition - clipping ourselves in/out and re-wrapping/un-wrappring the rope.
By the way I saw a large jellyfish in Brighton yesterday, which swam by me within inches of my hands - it looked reasonably big, I would say 40-50cm in length!