In my first half ironman - temps were well over 100 F.
In my first ironman - winds reached 75 mph, swells in the Pacific were 8', and the heat index
In my first ultra swim (in high school) - we started the 9.2 mile race with 3' white caps.
In the 1999 Chicago Triathlon, the guy in front of me took the Kona slot (beat me by 11 seconds) when in the shortened swim (waves in the harbor - boo frickin' hoo) - in the shortened swim I beat him by 3:30.
That's why they call it IRON...man.
Read Elizabeth's blog and harden up, don't show up, or shut up.