You have separate bags for T1 and T2 and they are lined up numerically on the ground in separate areas. When you run in from the swim you shout your number and the volunteers will help you find it, though if it's busy you may have to find your own. The bags are well-organized. Take your bag to the changing tent, or outside of the tent, and change into what you need to, etc. Volunteers will help, depending on how busy it is. And they will take your bag from you with your wetsuit (T1) or bike stuff (T2) for retrieval later. Sunscreeners are outside the tent ready to slather it on you if you want it. Oh, and strippers will help you remove your wetsuit if you want help. You get your bike from the rack and run out. A volunteer will take the bike from you and rack it as you continue to get your T2 bag. Unlike many 70.3's (not all) you do not set up a transition space. Anyone else is welcome to chime in with what I left out or if I got something wrong.
Thanks Skip (and big Al for asking)....anything to add about the special needs bag? Things that you may want in it?
Here's a link to what I've written about Special Needs. I did a quick read through to check it and the only thing I would say differently is NOT to actually put "half" your nutrition into it, expecting to get it. You should treat Special Needs as an Emergency Kit. Don't expect to have to use it but just know that it's there just in case. It can get misplaced or maybe you have to wait and wait because they can't find it - very frustrating. I know people pack sandwiches and all kinds of stuff in them but I don't come at it from that mentality.
Depending on the day, what time it is, and how much effort you're expending on the run will determine what you'll need for warmth. Some throwaway armwarmers and/or a "disposable" long sleeved something might come in handy.
It looks like sunset is at 5:23 pm on race day. How fast does the temp drop. I am thinking about a light run coat in my run special needs bag. If it cools real fast may toss in the arm warmers. Any thoughts.
@Shannon Im not a big special needs bag person but i do put extra nutrition items in mine just in case.
Mid 70s is the avg high in Pheonix for the third week of Nov. I use this link to check things out - it gives a 7 day forecast for the immediate area.
While it can get 85-88 on any day in late Nov, it's pretty rare.