Escape to Miami - Olympic Course - TriathlonOlympic

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Miami, Florida
United States
US Road Sports & Entertainment Group
80F / 27C
Total Time = 2h 32m 35s
Overall Rank = 143/2000
Age Group = 40-45
Age Group Rank = 21/112
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at local hotel. So nice to be close to race. Early pop-tarts, then a yogurt and then an apple after transition while out on the island.
Not too nervous, but a little worried about the run.
Event warmup:

None really. Swimming from the Ferry to the island and sitting around.
  • 26m 24s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 37s / 100 yards

Crazy rough start. Started in good position, but it was a washing machine for longer than usual. Hard to find open water or a set of legs to draft on.
After I found a place, I swam well. Was feeling smooth after the first 200-400 with mostly breathing every stroke on the right.
Top started chaffing both at neck and on my back. Wonder if my stroke is causing that???
Should have swum in a little closer at the end rather than walking in.
What would you do differently?:

Not much....
Transition 1
  • 02m 27s

This transition is HUGE. I never sprint into transition, and that affects the time. I was pretty smooth with the bike grab.
I had forgotten to lock down my aero bottle, so that made the transition a little slow, and I also had to adjust my timing strap.
What would you do differently?:

Properly set up my bike and test everything before starting...stupid mistake.
  • 1h 06m 57s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 22.27 mile/hr

My bike computer didn't work AT ALL. I didn't dry the contacts enough or test the wireless in transition at the start of the day. I fiddled with it a bit then figured I could ride off of perceived exertion.
This was one of my fastest races EVER.
Bike course did get a little crowded during second loop, and the turns onto the overpass were a mess. I passed 3 wide sometimes skirting the edge of the road.
One group came by and would clog up the road in front and then seemed to slow down. I had to gun it to pass them 2 or 3 times as they would pass me on any hills.
Saw a guy almost crash getting out of his shoes before the finish. Another guy did a PERFECT running dismount. I should learn that!
What would you do differently?:

Test my computer pre-race. Need to get a fit to fix my seat and left foot issues.

Transition 2
  • 01m 4s

Did good here. Easy run in, socks on OK, put race belt, glasses and hat on while running.
What would you do differently?:

Not much
  • 55m 44s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 58s  min/mile

FINALLY!!! This was my third try at this race and I finally managed a half decent run!!! Probably due to the limited sun/heat. I felt good, but not great while running. Had some rough spots.
I didn't run/walk, but did run/slow run every minute, and that seemed to help some.
Saw Nick V. on run and tried to catch up, but he was too far ahead.
What would you do differently?:

Train more.
Post race
Warm down:

Get the bullhorn and go cheer on everyone else.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Training??? Possible the HUGE sandwich I ate the day before.

Event comments:

This is one of my favorite races. Big race, good support, lots of competition, and decent spectators at the finish.

Last updated: 2012-09-24 12:00 AM
00:26:24 | 1640 yards | 01m 37s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/112
Overall: 121/2000
Performance: Good
Course: L shaped course from Escape Island to the shore. Current was light, maybe with us a little bit.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 79F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:27
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Good
01:06:57 | 24.85 miles | 22.27 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/112
Overall: 88/2000
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Two loop winding course over the bridge and through part of downtown. Road conditions were OK. Got a little crowded on second loop and LOTS of people riding too far to the left.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:04
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:55:44 | 06.21 miles | 08m 58s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/112
Overall: 358/2000
Performance: Good
5 K 28:20
Course: Out and back over the overpass. Highway run with few turns.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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