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Two friends getting ready. One's got 2 caps, one's got a hood and a cap. Cold water!
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The paradox of being part of a large group experience while feeling utterly alone in your thoughts just before the race.
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Walking through the shallows to get to the deep water start.
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The lead pack in the swim.
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Kevin Collington was returning champion. A strong gust blew him off the road during the bike ride, and that was the end of Kevin's day.
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If we've ID'd this correctly, Allan Steen Olesen with Team Wurtele in pursuit.
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Speaking of Team Wurtele, eventual 2nd place Heather.
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And the other member of the team, Trevor, 2nd place and fast bike ride of the day.
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Hákon Hrafn Sigurðsson, hard to outride and even harder to spell with proper diacritical marks.
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The early days of any epic race are the best. No packs, no crowds.
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Slowtwitch Brad Williams, in a Slowtwitch-approved bike position.
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Jordan Rapp on his Scandinavian tour. Challenge Iceland last week, Norseman next week.
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Justin Metzler, showing the pro field his backside.
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Jeanni Seymour, like her boyfriend Justin hard to beat if it comes down to the run.
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Here are the race organizers. Can you imagine the ancestors of these men, a millennium ago? The most intrepid seafarers on earth? In my opinion triathlon is built of the same spirit.