Miami Man Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Miami, Florida
United States
South Florida Triathlon Series
75F / 24C
Total Time = 2h 13m 37s
Overall Rank = 18/327
Age Group = Female Overall
Age Group Rank = 2/135
Pre-race routine:

The Mr. Coffee Miami Man race was our last race of the triathlon season. We signed up for the race back in August because the race sells out. The race offered two distances an International distance and a half iron man distance. Dante and I signed up for the International Distance because I have the marathon of the palm beaches in 3 weeks. The International Distance involved a .6-mile swim in a lake, 22-mile bike, and a 6.6-mile run through the Miami zoo. Over 1,500 people raced the event so this was the biggest race w have done and we were excited. Our tri friend Jill was also doing the race.

We headed down to Miami on Saturday to pick up our race packets and check out bike into transition. We checked out the course and noticed that due to the volume of participates in the race transition was very long. And our bike spots were set up at the end so that meant we had to run in bare feet with out bike all they way thru transition to the bike start and then do it again at the bike end. We weren’t too happy about this.

When I think of Miami I think of beautiful beaches and nice hotels. Well the part of the Miami we were in reminded me of a place I did not want to be. After seeing the location of the race I was a little nervous about our accommodations that I had set up at the Ameria suites hotel. It was not looking good as we pulled up to the hotel but we tried to make the best of it until we saw our “suite”. It was pretty bad and I felt dirty just from walking in the room. Dad I know you think my nose is in the air and you probably would have made me stay at the Amerisuites but luckily Dante has his nose in the air too. Dante came to the rescue and found a Crown Plaza only a few miles away so we quickly switched hotels. The Crown Plaza was much nicer but we did find out that the hotel building used to be an old age home that was converted into the hotel – creepy.

That night we meant Jill for diner at Outback and then headed to hotel for a good nights rest.

Event warmup:

We got up at 5:00 am and shoved our faces with PB sandwiches and water – so not fun. Then we headed to the race. Wow it is cold headed in and put sweatpants and sweat suit over our tri suites. The parking was really well organized and we got to transition with plenty of time to set up. I spotted my main competition Jessica Wald. She is in my age group and I have never raced against her before but I have heard about her and she is a lifeguard so I know she can swim. It started to warm up and we headed to the swim start and boy did I wish I had a wet suite not just because it is suppose to make you faster but because the water is cold. I saw Jessica again and she had a wet suite (like everyone else but me) like she needs any help in the swim.
  • 18m 49s
  • 965 meters
  • 01m 57s / 100 meters

Swim: The water was really cold but I forgot about it after 2 minutes swimming so that was good. The first 200 meters was like swimming in a washing machine. I was getting kicked, elbowed, and pushed around. Finally I got my space to swim. As I spotted I saw that a pack of 4 girls had taken the lead by about 20 meters. My arms felt tired at the first buoy – they always do – but that feeling went away by the second buoy and I felt great still breathing every other stroke. My swim time was 18:49 and I was fourth out of the water out of the females.

What would you do differently?:

Get a wetsuite!!!!!!
Transition 1
  • 03m 15s

Out of the water and into Transition. I noticed Jessica’s bike is gone she must of beat me on the swim so I have to catch her either on the bike or run. I grabbed my bike and headed down the long run barefoot on beat up pavement to the bike start. My feet were killing me and I was glad to get to the bike start. My transition time was 3:15
What would you do differently?:

Run faster this was too slow
  • 1h 02m 34s
  • 22 miles
  • 21.10 mile/hr

This is my first time doing a bike flying start in a race. Dante just taught it to me last week. Basically your shoes are clipped in to the bike and you step on the bike with your right foot and get the bike going and then swing your left leg over and then put your shoes on as you are biking. I was nervous because I have no mastered this yet. So I got my right foot in and got the bike in motion. The bike was a little wobbly and I was nervous I would hot someone in the crowd because there were a lot of spectators at the bike start and I thought oh god I’m taking on of you down. But I got my left foot over and got control of the bike. I fastened my shoes and was on my way to find Jessica. The bike course was flat as a pancake with a little wind. I was cruising and felt great on the bike. I had the wind with me on the way out and I was passing people!! Which rarely happens. I saw Jessica at the turn around and caught her soon after. I pulled up to pass her and she said, “ They told me to watch out for a girl named Kelly from WPB and she said that must be you”. So that made me feel good so I really pushed it n the bike. We went back and forth a bit but I pulled away with about 7 miles to go and finished the bike in front of her. Now for my flying dismount. I am much better at this so it went well and I flew in to Transition. Long run on bare feet again thru transition to my spot. I slipped my sneakers on with no socks (no socks was new for me too) and grabbed my gear and took off. Jessica came flying in after me and she said nice ride and I said you to, see you on the run. I finished the bike with a time of 1:02: 34 an avg of 21.09mile per our and with the second fastest bike time for the females. I feel like I had a break thru on the bike today. This was my best bike ever.
Transition 2
  • 01m 42s

I took off on the run because I knew Jessica was on my tail. My transition time was 1:42
  • 46m 17s
  • 6.6 miles
  • 07m 01s  min/mile

1 mile I looked back and she was a good .25 mile behind me so I wasn’t worried and just decided to hold my pace. We ran in the zoo so I saw elephants, gorillas, gazelles, tortoises (Which I thought was cruel) and monkeys. Some of the course was trail running which I decided I do not like – give me pavement. On the run I passed two c-different athletes (A blind athlete running with a guide), as I passed them I said great job. It is amazing what they do. As I went thru the water stations people were saying I was in 3rd for the females but I didn’t see any females ahead of me that I could catch and no one gaining on me from behind so I just held my pace. Plus I know that sometimes the water station people are wrong so I just raced my race and finished strong. I ran 6.6 miles in 47:17 at a 7:10 min/mile and had the best run out of the females- which was totally unexpected but I’ll take it.

Post race
Event comments:

I came in 2nd place overall female, with a time of 2:13:27 which was my best finish yet, and best of all I won a Mr. Coffee Coffee Maker, which is great because I drink absolutely 0 coffee

Last updated: 2007-11-14 12:00 AM
00:18:49 | 965 meters | 01m 57s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/135
Overall: 4/327
Course: lake swim around the bouys
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 03:15
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:02:34 | 22 miles | 21.10 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/135
Overall: 2/327
Course: Flat course with a little wind
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:42
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:46:17 | 06.6 miles | 07m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/135
Overall: 1/327
Course: Flat with some trail running thru the zoo
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