Thanks to Brian, who was our Eye in the Sky. (He slightly un-nerved Gord, who was waiting at our Volunteer station for his brother John. As Brian circled the plane overhead, Gord inquired whether he was going to be watching us all day.)
These are great views -- it's quite astonishing to see the wave of swimmers stretching across the lake from Deerhurst. (If you ran really really fast you could probably leap from head to head and make it to the far side without sinking)
The view of the parking lot "Transition Zone" also helps put some perspective on the size of this competition. This is where the athletes get out of the water and onto their bikes -- and then get off their bikes and onto the run portion. It's a busy, happening sort of location.
Which is why no parking is allowed for the duration of the competition. Vehicles are instead directed to Deerhurst's airstrip, and a shuttle bus moves the athletes back and forth. Good thing, too... because that airstrip is totally lined with cars!
Thanks for providing such a great perspective Brian! It is a rare chance to get this kind of insight and overview of this big competition!