The ocean swim for this triathlon was freezing. It almost knocked the breath out of me when I first jumped in and my ears felt ice cold. I had to keep switching which side I breathed on to give each of them a break. If I was surfing I would be wearing a wetsuit in water this cold, but I don't have the right kind of wetsuit for swimming.
The bike section was a loop that you had to circle twice past the Queen Mary. That was nice because I was able to spot my friends as I passed them on my second trip around.
I felt much better in my run than I did in my first triathlon. I think it because I was more mentally prepared for the tough transition from the bike to running. It was nice that it was a very flat run course that swung out and back on a long jetty jutting out into the harbor. Afterwards we went to breakfast and each of us ate a huge meal. We were starving.