That's me in the green swim cap. Time to finish the swim was 1:55 which was faster than I had planned. I thought I could do it in 2:00 and planned for 2:10. But the transition was much further than I expected. I planned on 10 minutes but T1 actually took about 16 minutes eating up a lot of the swim gain.
The money shot. Finishing the race in 16:52 minutes (hit water at 6:34 am). I look way better than I felt. It was not an emotional time. It was a personal test, for sure, but not something that defined my life or some life changing event. I can see how if you have had to overcome some major challenge in your life and this was your way of proving you have overcome them (for example the amputees or the men who pushed/pulled their disabled sons deserve every emotion they want to have) then let it hang out. Everyone will understand.
Now to rest and recover and think about what to do next. You have to have goals.