I loved this race, except for the run. Someone asked me whether it rained while I was swimming...the least of my worrieds My 5 gallon Sherwin Williams paint can again came in handy as a chair and in keeping my shoes mostly dry (Chip really is smart).
Tips for the ages--do this race when you're 55 or older..you're in the first real swim wave (pros and elites don't count), on the bike first and there's not too much traffic. I felt like I was on my own training run 1/2 the time as there weren't many passing me and I was passing even less.
Get a paint can if it's rainy; do more bricks if running isn't your favorite part. No matter how fast you think you can swim, pushing hard for maybe a minute faster swim just isn't worth it. Remember to swim until your face hits the sand at the end. I took my wet suit off immediately on the side which got me to my bike faster as I passed all the waddling wet suiters.
We have the greatest club on the planet! The way everyone helped out and encouraged each other was so enriching to the whole event. High fiving Dave Anderson as he went up the hill, I down, was one high point. Hearing the race announcer wishing me happy birthday made me really feel at home. Being able to integrate so many great tips and wisdom accumulated in over a year with the group was so satisfying.
I know about 500 people bailed on this race. I am glad I didn't as I had so much fun with everyone. And that food buffet was incredible. Many thanks to all the volunteers...you made it happen!