We did it! That's Cary, me and Holly feeling very proud and happy right after Holly finished running her leg of our relay. Although my alarm went off at 4:30 a.m. and we had to meet up with the group while it was still darkish outside, it was worth it. The morning was slightly chilly and crisp, perfect weather for a triathalon. Some wore wet suits in the water for the swim, but most commented that the water was comfortable. I was chilly when I started my bike, but once I got going, motivated to burst out of the gate at 19 mph to keep up with the pros on fancy bikes and aerodynamic helmets (and I thought I'd only do 12 mph the whole way!!), I warmed up in a hurry. I expected to finish the 25 miles in 2 hours 20 minutes and was quite surprised to find myself done at 1 hour 45 minutes. Go Team Mike! Check here for the Star Tribune's photo essay.