I did it 2 years ago and really enjoyed it, would have done it this year but it clashes with Hamburg. It was a champs qualifier I think so numbers were up, but 3 waves meant the course wasn’t that busy.
Swim wasn’t too bad for the sea, you might get lucky like us and get a bit of a downstream flow, although depending on the tide times it could be a longer run into T1. A few years ago it was further down the beach at low tide and some of the taller males were practically walking to the turn buoy!
Bike isn’t as bad as you might think, as long as it’s dry, most of the turns aren’t that technical, the loop near the transition area is a bit tighter but manageable, just getting out of the drops to keep in any pack.
Run is about 3 times 1 mile lap, with about 1m of climbing on each lap.
I think numbers will be lower this year with it not being a qualifier but still generally we ran friendly events.