Less than 100 meters into the swim and I am drowning. I've been warned. People told me that triathlon swim starts could be rough, but to be honest, that isn't the problem. The problem is, I've started out too fast, too fast and I'm still trying to keep up with the stronger swimmers in the group. I pop my head up to see where we are. Breathing too hard, I think. There is no way that I can make it to the buoy, not to mention the end of the swim. I check again. Where are the lifeguards? They are far away. They probably don't expect someone to get into trouble this early in the swim. I think they see me, think that they might be turning toward me, but they are too far away. How embarrassing, I think. What if I have to tell people I barely made it out of the start? I've done this before, I shouldn't be drowning. I try the breaststroke, but I'm still breathing too hard, still trying to stay with the group, still breathing too hard, and now I might just be hyperventilating. Think, think. I hate floating on my back, but I can float on my back. I flip over and drift. I wonder if they are still coming for me. Maybe they didn't even see me? My breathing slows. I flip over again and this time I stroke evenly. I know how to do this. I've got this.