Feeding without support team
The Great North Swim will be my first OW 10km event. I've just looked at the course map and it appears to be 6 laps (each lap being just over a mile in length). The water/feed station is located at the end of each lap. I'm trying to work out the most beneficial feed strategy. I know this is largely personal preference but I'd be interested to get thoughts. I am considering doing a stop on the 2nd and 4th lap only (which i'm hoping will be around the 55min - 1 hour mark). Is that too much or too little?
Separately I've tested Cliff Shot gels which i'm getting on well with. I won't have a support team to hand me water/gels at the feed station so does anyone have a nifty trick to carry liquid gel packs around on the swim?