1 Acclimatise. I can’t stress this enough. The earlier you can get there the better, and prepare at home with some turbo sessions in a heated room. 2 Stay close to the event. The one thing I got right. Colombo’s traffic is crazy 24/7, so even if it’s just a few nights of paying more, aim to pick a hotel right near to Galle Face Green. 3 Do the swim recce. The Indian Ocean here doesn’t taste great so, much like the heat, get yourself used to it. 4 Check your goggles. The swim starts before the sun has properly come up, so clear/lighttinted goggles and preferably new ones will be best for this race. 5 Stick with your road helmet. Few athletes did very well wearing a full TT lid, and there’s a good reason for this!