Unfortunatley this plan of mine, failed about halfway through the swim when I had to make the decision to leave the feet I was following to get to the furthest buoy. The leader of our little pack was heading to shore. So the rest of the swim I navigated in circles and hit shore just as disoriented as one would after spinning around in place.
In all the racing I've done in 4 years, the views of Lake Mead area are truly the most stunning. It's too bad I was focused on staying aero with my head down most of the time!
After finally reaching the last mile of the run, I was greeted with a very steep half mile climb into Boulder City...and the finish line. Needless to say I was happy to see the Leadman finishing arch and defend my title!