This is the view from the transition area looking at the swim start. Lake Ontario, notorious for difficult water, was calm and smooth.
Getting out of the water after a brief warm-up. This would be my first time swimming in open water. If only I could've remembered what I learned in training! Getting mixed up in the pack of swimmers got me kicked a few times and made the swim a lot harder than it needed to be.
Coming up the ramp towards transition area. Grateful to be on land and able to breathe!
In transition area (T1) from swim to run...was having a hard time tying my shoes at this point. I'd decided to leave my spare running shoes (normally used to bike) in the car to save time. Bad decision. What became my only pair of shoes were soaked by the end of the 15.7 mile bike.
Back in the transition area for T2. Being familiar with all the roads was a blessing and curse. Although I know exactly where I was and how far I had to go, the familiar surroundings lulled me into thinking this was a training ride. I simply biked too slow.
Exiting T2 and starting the four-mile run...in some very wet shoes.
I used to volunteer with Hamlin Ambulance...