Anyway, it was really a great event. Well organized and from what I could tell the course was fantastic. I was a little jealous because the bike ride looked awesome! The run through the loose sand, however, I was happy to hand off to our super runner Christy. The only event I can speak intelligently on is the swim. Go ahead, I laughed too ;o) As shocking as this sounds though, the swim was FABULOUS! Initially, the half mile walk to the swim start felt pretty long and I was really wishing I would've been biking instead. Once at the start, I hopped in the water and warmed up for a bit. The water was slightly warmer than the outside temperature so it felt great. I really enjoy sandy bottom swims rather than the grass flats - the less sea life, the better. Since this was my longest open water swim, I decided to start at the back of my wave group and just take it easy. I was in the relay group so this was my first experience swimming with men and although I'm as tall as most men, I felt pretty vulnerable to their strength. I was right next to one guy for a while, literally shoulder to shoulder, and I couldn't help but think that if he decided to breaststroke, I was getting a big powerful man leg to the side. No thanks. I managed to steer clear of him and eventually found a little space to swim. I probably lost some time by not swimming aggressively. I was most concerned about completing the distance safely rather than focusing on my time. That being said however, I was happy with 15:29. The swim felt relatively easy and before I knew it, it was over. I remember sighting and seeing the final yellow buoy and thinking, "Already? That's it?" I had no problem running out of the water and managed to pass 3 or 4 people before I hit T1. I didn't care that I had passed anyone, I was just happy I had enough oomph to do so :o)
Overall, it was a beautiful day on a beautiful beach with my beautiful friends. Looking forward to participating individually next year for the full experience!