I left NAC and set out into Newport Harbor today, and around the PCH Bridge I ran into Philippe Boccara who offered to show me his training loop. He has a 1.3km / 0.8 mile loop around Linda Island. I think he does it in 6 minutes and he thought I should try to do it in 7:15.
Doing the loop for time is definitely different than “just paddling”. I did it 3 times:
1st Loop: 7:14
2nd Loop: 7:25
3rd Loop: 7:26