Miami Man International - TriathlonOlympic

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Miami, Florida
United States
65F / 18C
Total Time = 2h 33m 27s
Overall Rank = 129/432
Age Group = Female 45-49
Age Group Rank = 2/32
Pre-race routine:

Wednesday Nov.5th:
11:00 am: Meet with Robert Childers the MultiRace Director of Miami Man at Larry & Penny T. Park to pick-up the templates arrows, spray paints, the cautions signs and the arrows signs for the Miami Man Bike Course.
I have been helping Robert with the Bike Course for 3 years.
We went for lunch and then I started to mark the arrows in the roads in the Bike Course while he was marking part of the Run Course cuz somebody else from the Miami MetroZoo marked there...
It took me about 2 1/2 hours to finish...Uffff!!! at the end my right arm was sore. Ay!!!

Friday Nov.7th:
7:00 am: Went to Larry & Penny T. Park to start to put the cautions and arrows signs for the Bike Course while my Buddy went to pick-up his son to the Miami Int'l Airport who was coming from Annapolis to race the Miami Man with us. It took me around 2 hours...and...I saw many people checking the Bike Course with their cars...
3:00 pm: Washed/lubed/tuned bikes for the Race. Also prepared/packed all our stuff for the Race.

Saturday Nov.8th:
8:00 am: Woke-up and took a good breakfast: orange juice, eggs, toasted bagels with cream-cheese and slides of turkey on top, and coffee w/milk....Yummmmy!!!!
10:00 am: Loaded our bike in the truck and headed to Larry & Penny T. Park to pick-up our Race Packages and for the Mandatory Bike check-in. Also when we got our Race Packages we got our body-marked...just there I met with 2 BT's (dalessiot and his wife sdalessio) was nice to meet them...they came from VA to race their first International Distance.
We got some nice stuff: a beautiful bag, nice Jersey, hat, bottle and some goddies:

Miami Man Bag Miami Man Jersey, Hat and Bottle

My Buddy get the Bid# 397 and green cap, his son Bid# 580 and red cap and me, I got the Bid# 1373 and blue cap:

Miami Man Bid# MiamiMan Cap

Then we went to place our bikes in our respective racks at the Transition Area...We had assigned spots in our respective rack area...with the Bid#, name and Age Group:
Here is my Super-Bike already placed:

My Bike

Here my Buddy placing a plastic bag over his bike cuz supposedly it would rain the night before the didn't rain...LOL and the last pic...My best girlfriend Andrea and my Buddy's son:

My Buddy's Bike in Transition Area Andrea and Colton in Transition Area

It was a huge/long Transition Area...maybe 1/4 mile long...
Miami Man Transition Area Miami Man Transition Area2

After placed our bikes in Transition Area...We went to check the Expo...a nice Expo with a lot stuff and excellent prices...everything was in SALE...LOL...We got some stuff that needed for the Race....

Miami Man Expo Miami Man Expo2

Then we went to check the Swim Clinic by Stroke Doctor at the Lake and checked the water was nice...but we knew that it will be chilly in the morning...there were a lot of people swimming...

2:30 pm: We left and went for lunch/dinner to an excellent Italian Restauran in the area of Pine Crest in South-Miami...not too far from the Park...
It was an excellent food...First we got Caprese Salad...then...My Buddy and his son ordered Pasta with Seafood, and me Tortellinis with Alfredo Suace...Yummmmmmmmmmmmmy!!!
After lunch we went back to home to relax...I took an 1/2 hour nap...then prepared all my beverages for the Race and placed them in the Fridge/Freezer.
8:00 pm: We went to bed early....ZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....and...I really slept very well.

Sunday Nov.9th:
We woke-up at 4:30 am...Took my Pre-Race breakfast: orange juice, a sliced banana with honey on top, my usual Super-Soy Protein Shake (chocolate) and my usual package of multi-vitamins and minerals, Glucosamine, Amino 1500 and CO Q-10.
5:00: Loaded our bags and coolers in the truck and left around 5:10 am from home...
The temperature out-side was in 63oF. Nice and fresh!!! and the day looked cloudy...
It took us around 20 minutes to get to Larry & Penny T.'s about 15 miles from home to there...
We got there around 5:30 am...there were assigned areas to park the car...and we got very far to the Transition Area...We had to walk maybe 1/4 mile...
Finally in Transition Area...I walked to my Rack Area...and...OMG!!! It was too crowd of bikes...

Rack Area

I started to set-up all my stuff for the Race:
Firts removed the 2 plastic bags from my bike...then...
My helmet over the seat...the AeroBottle with PowerBar Endurance Refuel (Lemon-Lime) in the braket over the AeroBar and my sunglasses also over the Aero Bar. My biking/running shoes, my CamelBack with water, my hat, my FuelBelt with Bid# and a frozen bottle of water under the front wheel of my bike.

Took my bag and cooler and placed out of the Rack Area next to the bushes...then went to check how far my rack area was from the exit/entrance of the Transition Area cuz this one was huge/long maybe 1/4 mile long...My Rack was exactly in the middle...there was a tree as reference and I only needed to count 5 racks from that tree...also there was a Shelter/Picnic Area in front too...
Went to sit over my cooler...relaxed a little bit...closed eyes and did a visualization of me racing...then...My Buddy and his son came...they were ready to go to the Lake cuz they would start more early than me...I told them that I would go later to join them...
I took a Clif Shot Energy Gel (Razz) with Accelerade (Orange)...then...I sprayed ProfileDesign Lubricant over my legs, neck, shoulders, upper-arms and inside my wet-suit...put my wet-suit till my hips...
Took my blue cap/googles and wax-ear plugs and a PowerBar Gel (Raspberry Cream) with a bottle of water and headed to the Lake...the walk from Transition Area to the Lake was long...maybe other 1/4 mile...LOL

Event warmup:

Finally when I got at the was amazing to see all these people that would race the 1/2 Iron...everybody were there...729 triathletes...many people were already warming-up swimming...some stretching and others walking, running, chatting...
It was hard to find my Buddy and his son in the middle of this crowd...but finally after 5 minutes walking around found them...
They already warmed-up swimming and they were only waiting till the Race started.
The 1/2 Iron started in time like usual at 7:00 am with the Pro/Elites (Female/Male) and Physically Challenged...there were in total 8 waves...then after 2 minutes started the wave#2 and the rest every 5 minutes...
My Buddy was in the wave#4 (Men 45+) at 7:12 am and his son in the wave#6 (Men 34 & under) at 7:22 am...
At 7:40 am started the 1/2 Iron Duathlon with 50 Duathletes...and after that...there would be a break till the International Distance started in time at 8:00 am.
I streched my arms and legs...put the rest of my wet-suit and jumped into the was a little chilly at the beginning...but...when I started to swim was nice...the water temperature was around 74oF. I swam for maybe 5 minutes and got out...took my PowerBar Gel with water...and...sat at the sand and relaxed a little bit...till the Race started.
For the International Distance there were in total 432 triathletes and 8 waves...
They started like usual in time at 8:00 am with the Pro/Elites (Female/Male) and Physically Challenged...after 2 minutes the wave#2 and the rest every 5 minutes...
I was in the wave#5 (Women 40+) at 8:17 am

  • 22m 12s
  • 1056 yards
  • 02m 06s / 100 yards

Here is the Swim Course Map:
Miami Man Swim Course

It was a nice swim...a little crowd at the beginning...but not big deal...not kick and puch fight...thanks godness!!!
I keep a good/nice pace till the 1st bouy...just when I rounded it...I started to push a little some points I was in between 2 women like a hot dog and it was a little difficult to swim without enough space...and...It was a little hard to pass them even I kicked/pushed more hard...finally after the 3rd and 4th bouys is when I started to swim with my usual and nice rhythm applying the Total Immersion technique...
I started to pass a lot of women and had the chance to draft is some occasions...
I was in the middle of the pack...the leaders in front of in the middle...and the 3rd pack behind me...
I felt very well and not tired...when I rounded the last buoy I started to push very hard till the exit...
What would you do differently?:

Train and train....
Transition 1
  • 03m 3s

Excellent and Fast Transition. I was the fastest in my Age Group and 32 Overall. Yahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhoooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!
Just when I got out of the water I started to run fast and removing the upper of my wet-suit and at the same time googles/caps/wax-ear plug put inside my cap...and...just 100 yards out of the water there were a wet-suit aid station where voulnteers helped to remove our wet-suits...OMG!!! it was in seconds...what a great help...sat on the grass extending my legs and two guys pulled it out...I felt like I was a pelled banana...LOL
It was very nice...they gave to me my wet-suit and I was running very happy to Transtion Area...It was a long run...maybe 1/4 mile from the Lake...then just inside Transition Area other long run till my rack area...I was in the middle...and this Transition Area was about 1/4 mile long...
When I got in my rack area I dumped my wet-suit next to my bag...put helmet, sunglasses, biking shoes and CamelBack at the same time, took my bike...and run out of Transition Area very fast till the mount area and jumped on my bike like usual...
What would you do differently?:

Train and train.
  • 1h 09m 47s
  • 22 miles
  • 18.92 mile/hr

Here is the Bike Course Map:
Miami Man Bike Course

First let me add that the Bike Course is for me my backyard...We live in The Redlands's here where I train every single day...dealing with the winds...even I hate them...LOL

Just when I got out Transition Area with my bike in my way to the Entrance of the Park...I took 2 Endurolytes with water and some sips of PowerBar Endurance from my AeroBottle...
At this point I could feel the winds coming from NE...strong 15 gusting to 20+ mph...and...I knew the first 11 miles would be very fast...tailwinds/crosswinds...It was amazing...I was flying...I reached max speed at 24.5 mph...Yahooooooooooooooooo!!! I was paasing a lot of people...but at the same time I knew that the enjoyment would finish just when I got in U-turn to go back to Transition Area....ufffffff!!!
At this point I took a PowerBar Gel (Raspberry Cream) with water from my CamelBack some sips of PowerBar Endurance from my AeroBottle...
It was a very hard and tough 11 miles bike ride fighting against the headwinds/crosswinds....but...even the conditions...I kept a good average...and...I was very focused in my ride that I passed a lor of people the same time I was a liitle concerned about my legs cuz I was pushing very hard...and...telling to me..."I hope this bike ride doesn't kill my legs for the run"...
When I got in the last turn...I said to me "OK...this is over...only 2 miles" and I pushed more and more...I knew that I was doing great cuz I passed a lot of people...and I was very sure that I was in the top 10...
Just when I got at the entrance of the Park I felt a relief...Ahhhhh!!!
I was so happy that I already finished the hard challenged part of this was coming my strength leg "the run"...
When I got at the desmount area...I did it like the Pro/Elite but keeping my shoes...jumped off my bike and ran very fast to Transition Area....
What would you do differently?:

Train and train...
Transition 2
  • 02m 5s

Excellent and Fast Transition. I was the fastest in my Age Group and 58 Overall. Yahoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!
It was a long and fast run till my rack area...just when I got there I saw that there were not many bikes...maybe 5 bikes and I crossed with a good friend of my Age Group, Nadia Fogel, by this point I knew that I was doing great that for sure I was in the top 5...
Changed very fast my shoes...took my FuelBelt with Bid#, hat and a bottle of water and ran very fast out of Transitions Area
What would you do differently?:

Train and Train....
  • 56m 20s
  • 6.6 miles
  • 08m 32s  min/mile

Here is the Run Course Map:
Miami Man Run Course

Just when I got out of Transition Area...running in a good pace not too fast and not too slow...I put my hat, my FuelBelt and took 2 Endurolytes with enough water...and...tossed the rest over my head and neck...
I start to push a little more...and...I remember that when I was running along the Playground...there were a lot of people cheering...somebody yelled my name....GO Leonora GO!!! I never knew who was...LOL...but made me feel great...
We started to run on paved trail...but then on dirty trail along of the north section of the lake till the gate that connect to the Miami Metro Zoo...there we continued in a dirty trail along of other small this point I reached/passed a women of my Age Group and then I reached my girlfriend Nadia...I kept with her for almost 1/2 mile till the point we started a paved path...and...I decided to push a little more...I was feeling great with full energy passing a lot of people...It was legs were responding very well after the brutal bike ride...and...I pushed more and more....
I took water/accelerade in every water the mile 3 I passed other women in my Age Group and I knew or better believed that I was leading...and...made me feel more motivated...
And when I saw/recognized a girl that usually is the leader in the Age Group 30-34 (Sonia) I knew that I was doing great...I kept behind her not too close but she was my Tempo...tic tac tic tac...and...made me kept and excellent pace...passing a lot of people.
I was too focused in my run that it was after the mile 4 when I started to notice/see all the animals...LOL...I saw the zebras, the girafes, and the spectacualr African was huge...and the photographer was there trying to take us pics with the Elephant in the background...
When I got in the mile 5 just in the gate that connect again to Larry & Penny T. Park...I knew that this Race was mine...LOL...and...I started to push a little more...and...I knew that I was very close to the last and very famous water station in the mile 6, "The Hula Babes"...a group of girls dressing like tipical Hawaiian and good grifriend of mine Patty Well was in charged of this water station...this water station is particular cuz have very funny signs that make you laugh...just when I was approching to this water station I yelled her name Pattyyyyyyy!!!! and she immediately recognized me and was ready with 2 cups of water for me...LOL...and then I sprinted as fast I could till the Finish Line...I felt with full energy and stronger...It was a great feeling...I was so Happy...and...more when the announcer said my name just when I passed the Finish Line...Yes!!!!!!!!!!
What would you do differently?:

Train and train
Post race
Warm down:

Just when I passed the Finish Line...I volunteer gave to me a bottle of water...other a Finished Medal...and other took out my timming ship from my left ankle....Auchhh!!!...just when she pulled the timming ship...I noticed that I wraped it around my ankle to tide...It was like was part of my skin...LOL...I was in pain...
I went directly to a huge table with food: bananas, oranges, bagels, etc....etc. and I took some slices of orange and a bottle of Accelerade...
Walked and walked and walked till I felt enough cool off...
After maybe 15 minutes...the Organizers posted the first Offical Results and a my grilfriend Julie came to me to congratulate me...
I got 2nd place and I was a little in shock...I believed I was 1st...that's Ok...I was so happy with my results...
but still I was wondering who was 1st place...I never saw that women...LOL...That women was smoking...and...more...other one in our Age Group got 3rd Female Overall (Laura Dick)...she was flying....Wuaoooo!!!

Here are the Female 45-49 Results:


After was a long wait for me...waiting for my Buddy and his son...cuz...they were doing the 1/2 Iron...and....I was trying to see them in the run or at the Finish Line...and...I never saw them...LOL
I felt very bad for them cuz I wanted to cheer give a lot of motivation...Booooooooooo!!!...but in between that I had to collect/pack all my stuff in my bag then take it to the truck...waiting for the International Results...and to take my bike to the truck...and then the International Award Ceremony...I lost them...LOL...and I got a sunburn over my shoulders, arms and nose waiting for them...Yike!!!

At 1:30 pm the race Director announced that the International Award Ceremony would start...and here is the Pic: Me 2nd and my girlfriend Nadia 3rd...the others one didn't show-up or just left...LOL And Off Course my Buddy couldn't see me in the Award Ceremony cuz he was running...LOL...and it was Nadia's coach "Rachael Wood" that took us the Pics and I know her and she sent them to me....Thanks Rachael...!!!!

Miami Man International Award Ceremony Miami Man International Award Ceremony

And here is the pretty neat Plaque and Finisher Medal:

Miami Man Award Miami Man Finisher MedalMiami Man International Finisher Medal

And here are the Pics in action:

When they (My Buddy and his son) finally their Finisher Medals...Here is the 1/2 Iron Finisher Medal:

Miami Man 1/2 Iron Finisher Medal

They went to collect/pack all their stuff and their bikes and take them to the truck...checked results...and...we left...but...we went directly to get real food...LOL...We were starved...We went to one our favorite Restaurant close to the "Bone Fish Grill"....what a great relief and .....Yummmmmmy!!!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The gusty winds in the Bike Course....Uffffff!!!!

Event comments:

Excellent Event like every year...Very well organized.
All the people/staff of MultiRace and the volunteers did a great job...
Excellent Expo and Post Race activities...and for some that didn't know
Tropical Smoothies provided food for all the athletes...
And during or part of the Event...we had the chance to listen the Rock group Hippies & Pilots performing in Live
I really recommend this great Event to everybody...

Additional Note:
Maybe for some will be a boring comment or won't care about what I say here...but
Please read this:
In the last 2 weeks before and during this Event...many friends of mine...were asking me: "Why are you not racing the 1/2 Iron??? You are ready and prepared for that...
I simple answer them..."Because I really want to enjoy"...I have been working very hard for Olympics Distances this year...and...I really have enjoyed a lot...and...raced a lot too...So far 10 Sprints and 5 Olympics...
Also at the Race 2 Pro/Elites Triathletes/coaches told me that I took the properly decision...and...they asked me: "What do you see here in this Race???...and...I told them:
"People that looks misserable, suffering...and they are not enjoying..."
My point in this additional comment special for the new people:
"Race more Sprints and Olympics and don't jump to 1/2 Iron immediately you completed a Sprint..."
I have raced for almost 6 years...and...I only have raced once an 1/2 Iron...LOL
And training for Olympic Distances have given me an excellent base, endurance, experience and good results....I know that everybody is different...but...I hope some take note about this..."
Thanks for your time!!!

Last updated: 2008-11-10 12:00 AM
00:22:12 | 1056 yards | 02m 06s / 100yards
Age Group: 8/32
Overall: 165/432
Performance: Good
Suit: ProMotion Wet-Suit
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:03
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:09:47 | 22 miles | 18.92 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/32
Overall: 206/432
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong with gusts
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:05
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:56:20 | 06.6 miles | 08m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/32
Overall: 121/432
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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