I just completed my first triathlon, at the sprint distance. www.firsttri.com
Thanks for the hat tips. Since it was overcast/rainy, I went hatless and had a great time.
One thing i figured out too late was why the swim times seemed a bit slow for last year's event.
Turns out for this race, you come out of the water, then walk/run about a quarter mile to get back to the transition area. I included walk in that part because getting back to the transition area involved mud on the sidewalks, wet steps, and an incredibly steep hill to do in bare feet. I had no intention of slipping and getting hurt that early in the race, so I took it easy, and resumed race pace intensity on the bike.
Note to self: Drop sandals by the swim exit next time.