Look here for others' perspectives on triathlon and the New York City Triathlon.
Can you imagine swimming in the Hudson River? The swim is only downstream, with the current: the bank on your left and nearly unbroken chain of helpers in kayaks, ready to help anyone in trouble, on your right. Nonetheless, the first time in the Hudson, even under controlled conditions, can be intimidating. (Be sure to click through to the interactive interview segments with Emma Snowsill, two-time women's' pro champion.)
Blog report of a first-time triathlete in NYC. Caution: he's from Brooklyn, so be prepared for some colorful language.
Spectator's perspective. Another New Yorker...