"When I swam past the last red bouy was located near the shore of the rock island at the north east corner in a small bay if you will. It was probably 50 feet from the shore of the Island, clearly well away from its' intended…"
"I did the sighting on the rock too and never found the last red bouy. Was it on the island? I also started with a big group and just went with it as fast as possible.. I live near the ocean and swim in waves WITH…"
"One other thing. For 3 consecutive years, the number of people who pick up their race packets and then don't even start has been significant. I think we'll see an "official" starting number closer to 1400-1500 athletes. Go…"
"One thing for sure, breast stroking didn't work. After briefly trying it, I really focused on swimming forward and actually decreasing my breathing frequency, then finding a safe place to breath, turning way over and looking backwards. I keep…"
Definately hold your head high, you swam more than 2.4. Contrary to popular belief, there really isn't any way to have current in a lake or reservoir like Sand Hollow, to have current you need either tides like in the oceans and…"
"Hi Mike- Thank you for your perspective. I do not live near any bodies of water and pretty much never swim in open water with the exception of races. My last open water swim was at IMOO in 2008, since I had a couple of years off for illness and…"
"Michael, I sat behind you on the bus ride out to the swim start and across from you at the athlete's welcome dinner.
I too saw several bouys blown well off course, particularly the last red turn bouy, it was blown up against the…"
"Mike, thanks for your story and background. It makes me feel even better about finishing the swim. I've had mixed feelings about the race organization, but can only think that there was no way to adequately train the volunteers for…"
"If I did my math right the total number of DNF's / DNS's for IMSG was 767 our of 1789 contestants for a whopping 43% DNF rate, the womens side was even worse with 170 out of 318 female athletes not reaching the finish line before…"
"How I feel, too, Harvey. I was past the last red buoy, headed in, and could hear the announcer when a red boat pulled up and said it was 9:20 AM. I never, ever fathomed not making the swim. I also never fathomed I could swim in that sort of water.…"
"Being on a bike during ironman races for so long I was wondering if anyone has had issues with that part of the body going 'num' on the saddle. I had issues during training rides & races and finally in 2009-10 I changed my bike saddle…"
"I don't want people to freak out about the winds either...but....Saturday's ride was brutal. My physical being was good and I was able to start at Sand Hollow, do the loop and make it back to Sand Hollow but the wind made me a mental case.…"