By the time we got there, the transition area was packed, and everyone was in good spirits.
Former Ironman Champs Greg Welch and Paula Newby-Fraser were also in attendance doing some cheering, and announcing the start times.
When I first made my way down to the swim start, I couldn't help by notice that there was finally some surf in the water. Although the surfer in me appreciated it, but the triathlete side of me said "well, at least it will make for an entertaining swim!". We watched the elite's and pro's make an attempt at battling the waves, but the currents were a bit on the strong side. After a few minutes, the race director's realized that this was not going to make for a fun swim - and had each successive wave run north up the beach to deal with the south pulling current.
This is a little slideshow of the first men's group to take the plunge:
Afterwards, it was onto the bike...
Michellie Jones: Emilio DeSoto:Gurujan Dourson:
And of course the run:
Luke Walton:Mike Plumb:
I gotta say, I was really jealous of those out there racing, but it was good to be out there supporting, cheering, heckling, and gettin some snaps! Great job to all those out there!
All pics can be found here: http://new.photos.yahoo.com/rcdenner147/album/576460762402098700