I had a wonderful experience at Moreton Bay doing my first ever triathlon, the Olympic Distance. The support crew were amazing, especially when I found myself coming last! I was encouraged, supported and helped along the way and I was never left alone at the end. I did however end up in hospital 8 hours later, with hyponatremia, due to not realising how important it was to replace the sodium I had lost through sweating. I also drank too much water afterwards, which made things worse as it flushed more of the sodium out! So my advice to anyone else considering doing an Olympic Distance Triathlon for the first time is to see a sports dietician and get the right advice re: hydration and recovery. I also think that this is something that could be addressed by the event crew, prior to the event, to make first time competitors more aware of the dangers involved in drinking too much water afterwards and the importance of sodium replacement and where to get advice on how to do this properly. Other than my rather difficult recovery, I enjoyed the atmosphere of the event and although I came 2nd last I was made to feel like a champion, and for that I am incredibly thankful.