Stolen from the Ironmanlive.com website.
"Temperatures in the mid-90s and enervating winds on the outbound leg of the three-loop bike course conspired to plant this season's opening event firmly into the record books as having the third highest dropout rate in Ironman history. Nearly 18% of the field failed to make it to the finish line. Some were SAG'd in, having discovered that there were some times when, no matter far how down you reach, there's just nothing there. Others made it back to T2 on their own power and, in a striking demonstration of how much of a mental game Ironman is, simply decided to let Mother Nature win this one, and packed it in."
Well, I guess if you saw my pictures, you know where all that heat and salt went....
Oh, and I know I didn't really do a whole long race report, but Iron Benny did a stellar job at describing the bike leg. Hit it dead-on. I'm still having post-traumatic nightmares since reading it.