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Miami, Florida
United States
Miami Sports International
76F / 24C
Total Time = 24m 23s
Overall Rank = 189/294
Age Group = Female 25 to 29
Age Group Rank = 1/5
Pre-race routine:

We got up, grabbed Big & Toasty Sandwiches and iced coffees from Dunkin Donuts, and hit the road. Not the best pre-race breakfast, but I didn’t care. I was hungry, and they looked so good!

We headed South toward Swim Miami 2011.

We showed up, and parking was a mess. We were supposed to use the garage, but it ran out of tickets. So, we hit a surface lot nearby. We walked into the race, and there were no signs indicating where to check in. I finally found it, only to learn that they ran out of the right color cap AND they ran out of small and medium t-shirts. Oh well. I decided to hit the bathroom. They had NO port-a-potties. There were TWO stalls for all female participants and spectators. This is a huge pet peeve of mine…

After finally making it out of the bathroom, I realized that everyone had body markings and timing chips. These weren’t even mentioned to me when I checked in! I found the body markers, who pointed me in the direction of the timing chip tent… they had also failed to mention how many waves there were or when the waves started.
Masters women was the LAST wave. We got out to the dock where they promised we’d be able to see the turn around buoy… not true.
Event warmup:

None. Hung out on the grass.
  • 24m 23s
  • 1760 yards
  • 01m 23s / 100 yards

The air horn sounded and we were off! I made it to the buoy that was described as our first right turn… and stopped when I heard whistles. They failed to tell us there was a buoy that was the exact same as the one at the turn, about halfway down the course. I was a little frustrated, but I rejoined the pack. We were swimming RIGHT into the sun, and sighting was awful.

I returned to what I thought was the right course. After a few minutes, I spotted the buoy. Instead of hitting the yellow cylinder buoy, turning right, swimming 30 yards, hitting the orange triangle buoy, and heading back to shore (as we were instructed in the pre-race breifing), the two buoys were moored on the same line! It was so confusing. I swam hard into the turn around and headed back to the pier… or so I thought. It was in a marina, boats were moored everywhere, and sighting/swimming straight back was impossible! I think I took the long way around a few boats. A nice volunteer directed me back to the right channel. As I settled into the final push, when I could FINALLY see the finish line, I saw swimmers filtering in from EVERY direction! I was not the only one to have gotten lost. I sped by a few people and touched my timing chip to the finish tag.
What would you do differently?:

Navigate better! Maybe swim with a compass?
Post race
Warm down:

Took my sweet time swimming from the finish banner back to the shore.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

I think I'll skip this one next year...

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Last updated: 2011-04-09 12:00 AM
00:24:23 | 1760 yards | 01m 23s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/5
Overall: 179/294
Performance: Average
Suit: Nike 2-Piece
Course: It was supposed to be: Swim out about 800yds, turn, swim 30 yds, and turn back to head to the finish line. All of the boats in the way made navigation really difficult
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? No
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 2

2011-04-11 9:40 AM

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