So here's how things played out.
#2 Get in a full warmup. It is going to suck, but you have to get used to the water and get your body ready to swim.
#3 Focus on the exhale and don't breathe every stroke at the start. Cold water forces you to inhale- you need to counter that.
#4 Start out considerably slower than usual
#5 use lots of antifog in your goggles
This long video has some great helmet cam shots from the bike if you skip to the middle!
|This "hill" was kinda hard.|
|...but, not as bad as this one. In this pic eventual winner Josiah Middaugh overtakes Conrad Stoltz.|