Hosting a pro triathlete the same weekend you are doing a big race was very inspiring. He was so relaxed and I was flying around the house getting everything ready...he kept saying "minimize, strip it down, throw it out and I had enough Gu to feed all spectators. Ultimately I listened to him and probably would have been 2 minutes slower without his tips.
I had a gimpy knee, thus, a real lack of run training so I threw everything into my swim and bike. I can't get out of 27 minutes on the swim but you heard it here first, I will in 2012. Gotta get a bike that benefits from aerobars and an aerodynamic helmet my pro says. Start saving now.
I always love this race. The swim, being out of the water just after the pros, improving significantly my T-1s and T-2's (3/51 on T-2) is very satisfying for a sometimes ADD triathlete. Boom, boom, go is my mantra.
Pointers: if you're swimming at a good pace and no one is around you YOU'RE going the wrong direction. Don't kick the last 200 yds to give your legs a break; then be methodical when removing the wetsuit.
Figure out each big hill and know when you have to come off the big chain ring and when you don't.
Lock on to the guy you passed on the bike when he passes you on the run and makes a slightly snide comment. Stay with him and run him down at the end.
This is a great race. I hope to do it for another 30 years.