OK - Im a little late in posting this.... better late than never.
Needless to say it was a great time and now I feel I will be spoiled since they gave us flowers and the marketplace was so great both at packet pick up and post race - I always get quite a reality check with a first race also. I was messing around in the beginning when I should have been getting ready to go. Not to mention starting in the back of my wave "being polite" which just caused me to have to tread water a lot or swim over people. For me for a short race I should place myself a bit farther up. The ride was fair, had my black bike not the TT - almost a 19mph pace - but messed up taking my shoes off. My first transition time not so good either. All in all I wanted 1.5 hours and ended up with 1.567 hours and landed somewhere in the 16th percentile.