Some things I learnt from taking part at the wonderful Goa Triathlon:
For the swim
1. I couldn't go regularly to the pool, but since I live near the beach, I did often go to the beach and swim. The swim was fine, even though I didn't really do a non-stop 400 m swim in the sea or pool.
2. Since I had never properly swum in the sea before, I started out with short distances of swimming parallel to the coast at Sernabatim beach. Then I practiced swimming out and back, just to see what it feels like to be hit by waves and to be more than 50 metres from the shore. I would plonk my bag next to the lifeguard and swim right in front of his chair. I tried not to think about the fact that the life guard was looking at the phone more than at the beach. Turns out the swim part of the Goa triathlon is at Bambolim beach, a very sheltered cove that doesn't have any waves breaking. So for next year, my training swim will be parallel to the coast. Much safer.