Thanks Steven and Matt,
I guess doing some sprints is a good way to practice swim to bike in a race specific situation. There are some local sprints I can enter as 'training'.
Swim fitness is something I am working on - I also tend to kick quite a lot when swimming normally (a bit less with the wettie) so I guess maybe more band/pull work could help to stop me using my legs so much on the swim.
Matt - any good warm up ideas for races where you have to rack your bike the day before or very early - I normally do a 15 min jog with some pick ups but this obviously isn't enough. Normally the races that I do its not possible to enter the water until 5 mins before your start so minimal swim warm up time (and the water is so cold at the moment you wouldn't actually get warm anyway - swim last weekend was 11 degrees so was shortened due to the low temp). Do you guys ever use swim cords or anything like that to warm up for a swim where you cant actually swim?
Also any tips for dealing with cold weather conditions when racing? I tend to be worse getting up to speed when its cold and generally suffer pretty badly in cold weather which is not useful when my main races this year will be in the UK where we only get 'hot' weather about once a year!
Thanks again for your ideas and help!