So there I was, at my first tri of this millenium. Did all the normal pre-race stuff, surveyed the swim - noticed it had to be waaaay short of 1500m, even with two laps. I was truly liking that part of it. Swam my first-ever ocean swim in a semi-protected harbor getting not too bad 2-3 ft swells and somehow keeping up with a lot more people than I used to. Ran around the buoy to begin lap two of the swim and noticed my time was 10:40 - sweet, the swim is short after all! Finished the swim in 22:xx (normally 30:xx). Then go to T1, no problems there, push the bike to the mount area, and then "STOPU, STOPU, STOPU! SINGRET! (there are no L's in Japan). SINGRET!!! I couldn't believe it. The race official is pointing at my bare chest and telling me "not arrowed." Great, so I have to go back to my spot, put on the thick cotton T-shirt that I was going to wear home for the rest of the race. First I have to take off my helmet though. So then I get to start my bike whatever amount later it is. Bike was tough with long hills into the wind. Then my chain was not really aligned with my casette - I either did not verify it was set up properly or else caused a misadjustment when I left my bike in the bushes while getting my shirt. Luckily I remembered that bar-end shifters have friction mode. That seriously saved me from a very herky-jerky and noisy bike ride! Bike ended up being 1:17 (19 mph - obviously hampered by the wind resistance of my high-technology shirt ). I was looking forward to the run but I seriously gave up when I realized just how hot I was and that I needed to make up three minutes on my friend. I actually caught him with about 250m left, and thought I had him until he beat me by 6 inches to the line. Turns out he had been "penalized" for stuff like I did so I coudn't even claim that! Run was 47:xx 10k - my worst ever by at least 7 minutes. Total time 2:35 for Olympic distance - which I'm overall satisfied with but it should have been more like 2:40 with the swim The shirt thing really got to me though and I'm wondering if you guys think that's a rule only in Japan? I never wore one before this race. I still had a lot of fun and look forward to more of it. H2O chick, I'll be looking for you when I get back to Seattle next winter!