In addition to the goggles, I purchased a pair of jammers. I have no idea why they call them jammers but I guess it sounds cool. I decided that spending 3 - 4 hours in the pool per week with my board-shorts probably weren't good on the fabric or my technique.
With the new equipment install, entering the pool today was a different experience. The jammers made me feel like I was skinny dipping as I'm used to feeling the board-shorts fabric flowing around my legs. I could at least confirm that no one else could see me since the entire pool area was in relatively crisp detail with the goggles.
Have you ever heard of people who have never worn glasses before and then are fitted for a pair. They are amazed with the realization that there are leaves on trees. That's similar to what I experienced today. While I knew the black line in the pool was made up of small tiles, it was the first time I could actually see them
With the more aerodynamic (aquadynamic?) clothing and actually being able to see the clock as I passed by, I finished my 2000 meter swim in 40 minutes. Being able to see the clock helped with the motivation to keep pushing. I tried to limit my rest time between 500 meter sets also.
I know that having the triathlon related clothing doesn't make me a triathlete. I could swim in board shorts, rode my hybrid bike, and run in my marathon gear; however, I feel that this equipment is made/designed to make things easier on the athlete and I definitely experienced that today.
PS - This post at Falkee Triathlon Store helped me make my decisions on the jammers. I recommend following him on twitter and reading his personal blog. Very informative and motivating!