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Miami Equalizer Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Key Biscayne, Florida
United States
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 17m 56s
Overall Rank = 66/318
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 1/14
Pre-race routine:

Woke up around 4:30. I was already totally packed, so I got dressed, got a mini bagel with chocolate almond butter, a banana, and my water. Hit the road just before 5:00 with Patrick.
Got to the tri, checked in, set up transition, and had about an hour to kill. Went to the bathroom, grabbed coffee, and watched the sunrise over the water.
Event warmup:

Hung out in a lifeguard tower and waited until the first wave left. Hit the beach and kept my sweatshirt on as long as possible!
  • 08m
  • 437 yards
  • 01m 50s / 100 yards

I started out fighting my way to the front of the pack. All of the women started at the same time, and I really wanted to win my wave. That was my big goal of the day.
Traffic was pretty bad. At one point, a girl swam halfway over top of my. I planted my foot on her chest (that's how far up me she swam!) and pushed off. I didn't want to kick her, but I had to get her off of me.
After freeing myself from traffic, I passed the first women. I stayed there and caught a few people from the wave before us. They stared the waves really far apart, which was nice, because I didn't have to dodge too much traffic.
What would you do differently?:

Swim Faster!
Claim my space in the front and not let people overtake me on the start.
Transition 1
  • 03m 38s

This transition includes 100-200 yards of running in the sand - it feels so long! They also don't have volunteers keeping people out of the athlete's way. I decided to be mean and tell some of them there was still another wave of athletes coming.
What would you do differently?:

I need to practice getting my bike shoes on faster.
  • 40m 10s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 18.57 mile/hr

My bike mount went smoothly. I ran in my bike shoes out to the mount line.
I took off on the bike and was still in first. I had really wanted to do well on the swim, so I was happy. I wanted to average over 18mph, so I set my computer to show average speed and just cranked it.
I went back and forth with a couple of women. I tried my hardest on the hills, and on the downhills! I stayed on my big ring except when I climbed the big bridge the second time. It felt pretty good, and I was happy with my speed.
My dismount went well.
What would you do differently?:

Practice U-turns.
Transition 2
  • 01m 6s

I got yelled at for not slowing down before the mount line. Oh well.
What would you do differently?:

Practice dismount! I think I need to dismount like that for all of my training rides and it'll fall into place.
  • 25m 3s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 03s  min/mile

I set out on the run telling myself that I've done bricks longer than this bike/run in my training. I just wanted to go fast and finish.
During the first 1/2 mile, I saw a girl and decided I was going to run at her pace. I ended up passing her, and she caught me again just after mile 1. We decided to run together. I knew I needed it, because I went out and did my first mile in like 8:20, which is super fast for me. We chatted and kept our pace going. Mile 2 felt really long.
I wasn't really tired, my breathing was great, and my legs felt fine. I could tell I could push it harder, but because my best 5k was a 9:05 pace, I didn't want to push harder if I was running 8:20s.
We picked up the pace with 1/2 mile left, and really kicked it with 1/4 mile left.
I had NO IDEA I could run that fast!!
What would you do differently?:

Not a thing.
Post race
Warm down:

Had some Title sports drink. Wandered around. Cleaned up transition. Wandered around. Sat in the grass and waited for awards.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Bike training on hills! The bridge slowed me down. There are no hills in FL, so I could use a few bridge rides.

Event comments:

Good race. Could have used some port-a-potties right near the start. And expo type thing afterward would have been cool too.

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Last updated: 2010-10-05 12:00 AM
00:08:00 | 437 yards | 01m 50s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/14
Overall: 5/318
Performance: Good
Suit: Tri Suit
Course: Out, around the second buoy, and back.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:38
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:40:10 | 12.43 miles | 18.57 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/14
Overall: 111/318
Wind: Little
Course: One small bridge, one big bridge and a lot of flats! Out and back course.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:06
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:25:03 | 03.11 miles | 08m 03s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/14
Overall: 99/318
Performance: Good
Course: Winding, flat route around the beach and park.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
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: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2010-10-17 3:36 PM

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Subject: Miami Equalizer Triathlon

2010-10-20 9:25 AM
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Parker, CO
Subject: RE: Miami Equalizer Triathlon

sounds like that was a breakthrough run for you.  Congrats on the 1st in AG...nice job!

2010-10-21 12:26 PM
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Subject: RE: Miami Equalizer Triathlon
It really was! Thanks
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