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Escape to Miami - Olympic Course - TriathlonOlympic

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Miami, Florida
United States
US Road Sports & Entertainment Group of Florida, LLC.
85F / 29C
Total Time = 2h 36m 42s
Overall Rank = 111/829
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 1/22
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 3am. My daughter and her friend pulled an all nighter in order to go with :) had coffee, eggs n rice, then headed out to meet Betsy and Alex...I was stressing...afraid we weren't going to have enough time between parking and setting up transition to catch the ferry to the island! We found out we had plenty of time, so I calmed down after that. Sipped on some electrolytes in the car and the rest of the time leading up to the race.
Event warmup:

The event starts with a Ferry ride to a little island. I rode over with Scott and Paul, 2 local friends. You hop off the ferry and swim to the island, where they have a little band and tiki torches. Hurry up and wait. I was quite chilly so we stood by some tiki torches and tried to keep from shivering. We had about 30-45' before our respective waves went off.
  • 30m 15s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 01s / 100 meters

Took 1 Gu 10' before the start. I felt great. Drafted a bit in the beginning, then lost a lot of people at the turn buoy. First time in a long time my goggles didn't fog up and I could actually see where I was! Betsy said I was in top 10 females out of the water when I was running to transition. Goal was to hold the women off and not let any pass me on the bike!
Transition 1
  • 01m 41s

smooth and good transition. I usually rehearse the order of events in my head on the last part of the swim...this was only my second race of the year, but it is like riding a bike if you have done it enough :) Comes back to you quick! Took a GU here.
  • 1h 12m 31s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 20.56 mile/hr

my legs felt some fatigue but I tried to keep it going, spinning up the hills and into the wind, taking advantage of the downhills and tailwinds. I held a pretty steady pace and feel like had I been tapered, I could have really laid it down. Happy with this bike though...I have some good endurance as I was just getting warmed up when it was time to get off. My shoes were filled with sweat...we had spectacular cloud cover and I was thinking what a beautiful morning it was to race....almost "cool" by sofla standards! However, I could tell I was sweating at my normal crazy rate so paid attention to sucking down my infinit and water. Took in about 300 calories of nutrition in 20 oz water and 1 aero bottle of water. Took a GU at 1:05 into the bike. 5 miles from the end of the bike, 3 girls passed me, sort of in a pack! I looked at one and laughed and said "CRAP"!
Transition 2
  • 01m 24s

this went well, too...did a smooth flying dismount, run to the rack was good. Grabbed my bottle of infinit and shoved some GUs in my tri suit. Threw on my race number and visor and took off.
  • 50m 52s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 11s  min/mile

just as you are settling in to a rhythm and breathing pattern you have a bridge! I just tried to motor up and get over it as quick as possible. The air was super thick but the clouds were still out or this could have been a death march!!! all felt good except my lungs....hard to get air in the bowl of soup. I ran a good race, but knew it was not going to be a PR by any stretch. Just did what I could. I have not been training for top end speed so I didn't feel fast, but I felt strong and passed a lot of people on the run. The dudes started 15' before us.

I passed 2 of the girls on the run that passed me on the bike early on in the run...then just before the return bridge, I passed the last one....I heard her breathing down my neck for a bit, so I just kept pushing...gave it a final hard push the last .5 mile, afraid she was going to creep up on me :o she didn't. She came in just after me and we had a chuckle and thanked each other for the push.

Stats...1/22 AG, 7/188 O'all female, 111/829 o'all
Post race
Event comments:

This is a well organized, super fun race! Good food at the end, even though I wasn't hungry AT daughter and her friend were pooped so we stuck around long enough to see a friend finish the sprint, then got my stuff and we bolted. Otherwise, I'm sure it would have been fun to hang out after. I would def add this race to my list again next year. Great course!

Last updated: 2011-09-24 12:00 AM
00:30:15 | 1500 meters | 02m 01s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/22
Overall: 0/829
Performance: Good
Course: Point to point swim from the island, to the turn buoy, to the shore. The current was fairly strong going to the buoy in our favor, then we swam sort of against it to the shore.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 84F / 29C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:41
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:12:31 | 24.85 miles | 20.56 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/22
Overall: 0/829
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: 2 loops that included 2 bridges. This is a great bike course! Mostly flat, but the bridges added a little variety. Nothing too difficult, I don't think. Roads were good and well marked where there were potential hazards. Not a real technical course. Good fun.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:24
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:50:52 | 06.21 miles | 08m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/22
Overall: 0/829
Performance: Good
Course: an out an back, which included a fairly good sized bridge around mile 1, so again around mile 5.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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

2011-09-26 7:28 AM

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South Florida
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2011-09-26 8:35 AM
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Oliver, BC, "Wine Capital of Canada"
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Way to go on the 1st place AG! Wicked fast bike speed! You were obviously more than prepared for this race. Well done!
2011-09-26 8:52 AM
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Austin, Texas
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Yea, I say you were more than well trained up for this one Way to go
2011-09-26 12:56 PM
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Williamston, Michigan
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WOW   amazing as always ! congrats
2011-09-26 7:41 PM
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2011-09-26 9:47 PM
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South Florida
Subject: RE: Escape to Miami - Olympic Course

betsy - 2011-09-26 8:41 PM You did awesome, I am proud of you. highlights..... me: you won AG, top 10 overall women you : really, No 2nd, my friends said 2nd me: No you won AG you : A-hole Glad I was there to watch a great race and thanks for getting me the pop tart, I was getting kinda hungry


THAT is some funny stuff! Laughing

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