Miami Man - TriathlonOlympic

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Miami, Florida
United States
Miami Man
85F / 29C
Total Time = 2h 41m 21s
Overall Rank = 131/253
Age Group = <39 Clydes
Age Group Rank = 1/4
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 3:30 AM and showered. Wore the DeSoto Baby Blue uni. Drove to Franks house and arrived at 4:30.

Frank and I loaded the bikes, T-bags and food in the car and decided to body mark each other in his garage. Frank C sported #944 and I wore "Thee 8".

After body marking, we drove to the race site and arrived minutes shortly after 5- all according to plan.

We were escorted to park the car in the Oly side of the lot- closer to the swim. We got off and set up transition.
Event warmup:

No Warm up this time.
  • 20m 24s
  • 1094 yards
  • 01m 52s / 100 yards

Nice swim with lots of room for improvement. I managed to glide and feel slippery but I must breathe better. My navigation improved 10 fold. I also felt OK about drafting.
What would you do differently?:

I must place myself better on the start. It seems that I get swallowed up at the start. I got kicked, run over, pushed and so on. Maybe that's normal.
Transition 1
  • 03m 30s

Long run out of transition. I was positioned in the 1st rack of the Oly side. To exit T1 I had to run about 400m from the water into transition and then at least 150m through the Oly and HI racks. I decided to run with bike in one hand and shoes in the other. Staff held my bike outside the T1 mats and I put my shoes on....and I'm off.
What would you do differently?:

nothing at my currrent level. It went as smooth as it could go.
  • 1h 09m
  • 21.75 miles
  • 18.91 mile/hr

Best cycling performance I've had. Training with the Sinse and the boys was the reason I pulled this off as I did.

Saw many riders with flats. More than I've ever seen. Maybe 8 or 9 riders.

Police were GREAT! They were actually cheering and inspiring me. That is the kind of Police force that I envisioned. Thanks guys.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 03m 24s

Same as T1. Long run with shoes in hand. Legs hurting. Almost left without my Andante hat.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 05m 3s
  • 6.5 miles
  • 10m 01s  min/mile

Volunteers were great and the water stations were plentyful. Janice Olson was Awesome in cheering me on and getting me some Amino Vital that I mistook with water and poured 2 cups over my head. In the blistering sun I alsmost got stuck when the sugar dried. It felt like those days of being a kid in the Thearter when walking out your shoes would get stuck to the floor. Thats how I felt from Water station at Mi3 to the next one. It was pretty funny and a mistake that I seem to keep making.

What would you do differently?:

run faster.................
Post race
Warm down:

walked around and layed out. Got a leg massage from Celine- Mauricio's sister. It was great.

Hydrated myself with more Amino Vital.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

30 extra pounds around my waist.

Event comments:

Aside from 2 incidents with some nasty volunteers (1 involving Martha and Mari and the other involving me) the race was great. Volunteers (with the exception of the 2 mentioned hereinabove) were awesome. Everyone was friendly and the race atmospherre lasted from 5AM all the way through 3PM when we left the site.

Ran into many old friends and new friends. They are listed in no particular order:

Sue from BT- Congrats Sue on your race and thanks for being friendly and hospitable. I enjoyed meeting you and look forward to seeing you again at St. A's. Also, thanks for putting "BT" on my calf. I got asked over 20 times what it stood for. I assume we will have some new members shortly.

Jessie from BT- Also Congrats and thanks for being nice. You rock with a 3rd place finish. I also look forward to seeing you again at St. A's.

Janelle- Congrats and nice to have met you.

Janice Olson- You rock for driving down 2 days in a row to hang out yesterday and to work for free today. It's people like you that make these races possible, fun and safe. I hope some day to reverse the roles and be your "waterboy". Thanks again for cheering for me and I promise to buy more stuff from BPB. You rock!!!!!!!! Also, thanks for the VaVaVa- Vino. I shall enjoy.

Mauricio and Gloria at Andante. Not only is Mao the BEST mechanic around, but he and his sisters are good people. His love for the sport and his willingness to help demands respect and admiration. For that I will wear and promote Andante Bikes as much as I can. You exemplify what the sport is about!!!!!!!!

Ramiro Cortes- "The Ramster" Congratulations on a great race and an impressive HI time. Thanks for training with me over the last 3 months. I look forward to 2006.

Alfredo Meneses- Same as above.

Keeks- My bubba. My friend. Don't retire yet babe. Save it for when your ham is really hurt. I luv ya dude.

AND last but NOT LEAST...................
FRANK COLLADA- My Ambassador of Quan! My Sinse, My Coach, My Friend, My Inspiration in this sport, My Mentor, My Sultan, My Objective, the ONLY Ironman I have the confidence to talk to, My Broham, Thee Chairman of the Board, the Numero Uno Honcho, The Big Cheese.

Words can not express the fun, the laughs, the challenges, the revitalization, the lifestyle (the list goes on.....) that I have experienced over the past 6 months hanging out and chasing you. You did NOT have to let me in and yet you did. In an athletic class that far exceeds any long term achievements I could have, you have let me train with you and taken time out of your and your fams life to teach me. For that I am greatful.

I look forward to MANY years of Tri-ing and training with you and hope that someday I can repay the favor. You are everything I stated above. You are the reason why I finished 4 races this year when my plans were to not even do one.

My victory today is dedicated to you!

Thanks bubba- I Love ya.

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Last updated: 2005-09-21 12:00 AM
00:20:24 | 1094 yards | 01m 52s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/4
Overall: 0/253
Performance: Good
HR 171/ 183
Suit: none- DeSoto lite blue
Course: Nice water temp. and conditions. Course layout was good. I went out in wave 1 with ALL <39 plus Clydes.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:30
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:09:00 | 21.75 miles | 18.91 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/4
Overall: 0/253
Performance: Good
HR 176/ 186 1324 cal AvCad 86 max 124
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: The challenge of the day. I survived it. In fact, I felt great about my bike. WINDY WINDY WINDY. More than in any of our training rides over the past 2 months. Easting was a bea-tch! Easily the wind was steady at 15 to 20 with gusts into the high 20's.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 86
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:24
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:05:03 | 06.5 miles | 10m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/4
Overall: 0/253
Performance: Good
172/ 184
Course: Nice run through the Zoo. Saw Elephants, Gorillas and Gazells. Overall course was in good shape with the exception of the 2 areas where we had to run "off-piste".
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %4
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5