I knew when the women hit mile 1 though because Jim was tweeting and they were posting his tweets on ironman.com. We go on high alert 10 minutes later and a few minutes after that the motorcycle for the lead females comes through and we start timing the women.
We probably also saw Gordon Ramsey finish but didn't realize it.
I found out later she missed it by 48 seconds and that also she had qualified as an able-bodied athlete, not a challenged athlete!
It reminded me a bit of Route 1 out of Santa Cruz. The wind was a factor and for a “flat” course there was more Up than I was happy about (because of the headwind) but it was manageable. The heat that had intimidated me so much the whole trip wasn’t really a factor as long as I kept moving.