The athletes who struggled most were the ones who didn't train. It showed. When they entered the surf, lifeguards plucked them to safety. The participants just didn't have the conditioning or practice to negotiate the course.
In the end, the weekly ritual of training made race day seem to me like just another practice session.
So take a breath and let it in. Enjoy the sights. Enjoy the people.
The best part? There's a post-race celebration that amounts to an extravaganza celebrating your good health.
And, by the way, no one really talks about their race time. Who cares? You're now a legit triathlete.