Thanks all for the well-wishes!!!
SOS is a great event, but not for the inexperienced.
(it specifically has minimum qualification guidelines to protect folks from themselves)
A-Z is just a very challenging, and very beautiful, course.
Even tho it is shorter than an IM (probably takes about 75-80% of the time of an Iron-distance event), I think that due to all the climbing it's actually much harder to finish.
Plus, often you are out there all alone, or maybe you'll have one other racer somewhere in the vicinity, compared to an IM where you have 2,000+ of your closest friends racing with you, and another few thousand spectators cheering ya on.
I'm already signed up again for next year.http://www.americanzofingen.racesonline.com/
is the link if'n ya wanna give it a go next year....
and for a limited time, registration is only $75!!!
(for Long Course or Short Course, and there's also a new team Relay option as well)