The over-all race went pretty well for me. My over-all goal was to be able to finish and if I could finish I wanted 13 hrs but missed it by 35 minutes or so. The whole race I was in check with myself telling me not to go too hard because it was going to be a long day. The last thing I wanted to do was bonk in the last 3 miles. I was worried about the 2000 plus pack of people at the start of the swim but I moved toward the front and lined up with the bouys. I figured less people in front of me the better and if they wanted to go around me they can. I swam a nice pace the whole time. The water was 59 and I didnt think it was too bad until the end I started feeling cold and just wanted it over with. 2 loops on the swim. Much different than the Sprint tri's in that you dont really rush through the transitions, At least I didn't. The volunteers were great helping with everything. The bike was awesome heading out of town it was like I was in a TT you see on TV flying down the streets lined with people cheering behind barricades. About 40 miles in we started hitting hills, some pretty steep, others gradual, two loops so I knew miles 80-100 were going to be tough. The scenery was spectacular whenever I took a moment to look. I stayed very hydrated because I had to stop and pee a total of 5 times while on the bike. I was afraid that would drop my speed but I had to go. Towards the end of the bike my lower back was killing and I kept thinking I still need to run so stay calm. Finally in transition with volunteers at your beck and call with wet towels helping with your bag and your bike. I thought I was at a day spa(ha ha). I exited transition immediately started running and decided to do a run/walk tempo run3min walk 1. But I lost track of that with aid stations every mile so I just jogged from aid station to aid station and walked through each one hydrating and eating. Again I kept telling myself not to push too hard. I wanted too be able to run to to the finish. The run was two loops. Coming back into town and hitting mile 25 I couldnt believe I had made it. The crowds were nuts and you could see the finish banner in the distance. It was almost an emotional experience for me when I crossed that tape and the medal goes around your neck and you know you are an Ironman!! I took a good 30 minutes to recover in medical with a massage, a piece of pizza and a coke.