Miami Man International - TriathlonOlympic

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Miami, Florida
United States
75F / 24C
Total Time = 2h 41m 15s
Overall Rank = 196/422
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 11/21
Pre-race routine:

got up around 4:30, took a shower then ate some oatmeal and relaxed for a while. woke up my wife and son then loaded the car and headed out around 5:45
Event warmup:

not much to say here. I had about 2 hours to wait before my wave went off so i watched the 1/2 iron swimmers from the beach. did some legs stretches like before running. about 20 mins before my wave I went to the start and got in the water a was nice and warm
  • 18m 28s
  • 1056 yards
  • 01m 45s / 100 yards

this was by far my best swim to date. right off the bat I was totaly comfortable in the water, no problems with breathing or cold water or vision issues. the lake was perfect tempurature and the water really was crystal clear..even in the deep parts you could see the bottom. the water clarity was really helpfull in navigation...i could look up, site, then look down and pick a spot on the lake floor to swim to then site again..this worked perfectly and I never got off course. there was lots of traffic to start but I stayed to the right and rounded the first balloon no problem. by the time I rounded the third balloon I was catching up to the wave in front of me. then there was a long straight away and i was really cookin'...doing everything Gary tought me about hips and thing I know I'm all alone heading into the finish. come to find out later I had actually passed some people from 2 waves in front of me and all but 1 guy in my wave
What would you do differently?:

nothing...just keep practicing in open water and get even faster
Transition 1
  • 04m 15s

there were wet suit strippers at the swim finish which really helped. the transition was really long and I was at the near end which meant I got to my bike fast but then had to run the whole thing in my bike shoes which isn't fast.
What would you do differently?:

learn to mount the bike with the shoes in the pedals so I can run out faster.
  • 1h 13m 13s
  • 22 miles
  • 18.03 mile/hr

as usualy the bike was my worst event. it started out good, I was doing about 23-24 mph, passing some people and feeling good. come to find out it was because I had a tail wind and when we turned the first corner the wind hit me in the face. then the masses of riders started to pass me. I'm really not sure why other riders aren't as affected by the wind as I am. after the turn around I managed to pass a few riders that were in worse shape than me but many more were passing me. for the last 8-9 miles my inner thigh/groin started to tighten up and cramp and I couldn't get comfortable in the saddle. in some places it was all i could to just to keep peddeling. by the time I hit transition my legs were shot.
What would you do differently?:

train, train, up for a new bike, there's a reason people are willing to spend huge amounts of money on their bikes, and it's not for the fancy paint jobs...I do believe that I may have pushed myself as far as i can progress on my current ride
Transition 2
  • 05m 58s

there was along walk from dismount to my spot and my legs were in real trouble. i was actualy limping most of the way from the cramping in my thighs. when I racked my bike I bent over to put on my shoes and nearly fell over. I had no choice but to sit down and stretch out my quads, hammies, groin....this took several minutes but once done I was able to get up and get changed and run out
What would you do differently?:

figure out why my legs cramp so badly when I push myself on the bike
  • 59m 21s
  • 6.6 miles
  • 08m 59s  min/mile

I was very surprised that my legs didn't give me too much trouble considering the bike and T2...but no real pain or cramping, the stretching handled it. I definitely did more passing than getting passed. felt good and managed a good pace, faster than my average training pace. spoke briefly with a few runners along the way and kept my mind off the distance. ate a gel about half way through when I started feeling hungry. for about the last 2 mile I was running at the lead of a group of about 4 other guys. all pacing off each other and nobody trying to pull away. as we rounded the last corner I had already decided not to let anyone outsprint me. with about 2 tenths to go the guy to my left started to lead out so I paced with him...we slowly increased our speed until it was an all out sprint...turns out we had too far to go and I couldn't sprint for that long, about 30 feet before the finish I slowed and pretty much walked accross. at that point I felt like I was having an asthma attack, my throat closed up and I was having trouble getting enough air. I started seeing black spots in my vision and came very close to blacking out puking or both. so i just sat down, took my shoes off and focused on breathing naturaly. after what seemed like an eternity I was feeling normal again and started walking a little
What would you do differently?:

I need to be caefull in the sprint finish to not start too early. if I had lulled this guy into waiting another 30 seconds before the all out sprint I would have beat him
Post race
Warm down:

just gingerly walking around and sitting in the grass to stretch. my wife got stuck at the zoo waiting for the tram so it took about an hour and half to find her. I was just walking around the expo and watching the other racers come in as well as the 1/2 iron head out on the run.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

the bike is my achilles heal...until I figure out how to avg 2 mph faster I won't really be competative in my age group

Event comments:

really well run, tons of volunteers and everything went as scheduled. my only issue was they didn't have nearly enough port-ol-ets for this size of event. they should have had twice as many as were there...because of this they were really a foul environment fun at all.

Last updated: 2008-04-24 12:00 AM
00:18:28 | 1056 yards | 01m 45s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/21
Overall: 36/422
Performance: Good
Suit: X-Terra sleeveless
Course: a counterclockwise circle, first balloon passed on right and the rest on the left.
Start type: Run Plus: Shot
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:15
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
01:13:13 | 22 miles | 18.03 mile/hr
Age Group: 14/21
Overall: 281/422
Performance: Below average
Wind: Headwind
Course: out and back on straight flat country roads...kind of bumpy in places and farily windy.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 87
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 05:58
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Bad
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Bad
00:59:21 | 06.6 miles | 08m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 10/21
Overall: 160/422
Performance: Good
Course: winding trail through the park then the zoo, out the front entrance of the zoo, then back in and out the back of the zoo to wind again through the park. some areas were pretty rough.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
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