by Pro Triathlete Tami Ritchie
Ironman Wisconsin started out well. Conditions were about as good as they can be on a Midwest September day. No rain in the forecast, and temps were warm enough but not too hot.
For me, the swim went well. I found my swim groove again just in time for this race. I started on the outside of the pack of pros nearer to the beach, until I could settle in and then move closer to other swimmers and really start racing. A bunch of people sprinted off the start line, but I just kept to the outside, doing my thing. By about 500 yards, I had passed half of them. It took me until the first turn at 1000 yards to drop all the swimmers I would drop, and I caught a pack of men at 1300 yards. Then I simply stuck with that pack till the finish.