Photos of 2010 - the Swim

From Tempe to Tuscaloosa, Denmark to Des Moines, Alcatraz to Austin, and Kona, Oceanside, Pacific Grove, Treasure Island and Wildflower, triathletes were swimming for fun and glory.

All photographs ©Timothy Carlson

Dashing into the swim at the inaugural Challenge Copenhagen.

Stepping into liquid in the pre dawn darkness of Tempe Town Lake at Ironman Arizona.

Leaping into the Black Warrior River at the USAT age group nationals in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Anticipating the starting cannon in Kailua-Kona.

Six-time Ironman Hawaii third place finisher Fernanda Keller volunteers to guide the swimmers powering a stand up paddle board. Quite an inspiration!

Poised to start one of the age group waves at the USAT age group nationals in Tuscaloosa.

Oops! Slightly offside at the Hy-Vee elite women’s swim start.

Wildflower age group swim start heads off into Lake San Antonio.

San Francisco Triathlon at Treasure Island elite women’s swim start.

San Francisco Triathlon at Alcatraz elite swimmers leap off the ferry.

Andy Warhol’s axiom that everyone will be famous for 15 minutes is abetted by a waterproof digital camera at San Francisco Triathlon at Alcatraz.

Elite woman swimmer at work in glassy green water at Tuscaloosa.

The Cap-Tex Triathlon swim in Austin.

Ultraman swimmer accompanied by kayak support crew during 10k Ultraman swim.

Swimming through the kelp beds at Pacific Grove.

Leading elite wave swimmers race to the stairs at Kona.

Elite wave races out of the water at Treasure Island.

Michael Raelert is second out of the water at Ironman 70.3 California.

Rasmus Henning had an excellent swim at Wildflower.

The irrepressible Chrissie Wellington mugs for the aid station volunteers at the end of there swim at Ironman Arizona