14 minutes and 5 seconds in the greenest water I have ever been in... but I survived without holding onto any of the kayaks even with the several kicks in the face and wildly splashing arms around me. 500 Meters in those conditions feel a lot longer than in the pool with chlorinated see through water!
Then on to 3 minutes and 22 seconds in transition. Didn't feel that long in the moment but looking at that time seems like a long time. Changed, socks, bike shoes, helmet, race number belt, grab a drink and head out for a 20K bike ride. Long slow inclines were fun - haha! Not bad though... and I managed to not fall.... small victories! :) 45:14 and I was back into transition for the last time.
2 minutes and 3 seconds to get off bike shoes get on running shoes, loose the helmet, chug some water (by now it is well into the 80's... gotta love Texas heat) grab some sport beans re rack my bike and get down to the other end of the transition area. Any one out there training for one of these... if nothing else... ride your bike and get off and run! I couldn't get going! My legs were not co-operating! What should have been a 25-30 minute run turned into a 43:45 minute run!!! ARGH!!!! I was counting on this being the part I could do which made it even that much more frustrating. Now I know what to do for the next one :)
So all said and done... I do believe this was harder than my marathon! But I loved it! All ready signed up to do another one in September! Any one thinking about one should definitely give it a try :)