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Nautica South Beach Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Miami, Florida
United States
Michael Epstein Sports Productions
82F / 28C
Total Time = 3h 05m 19s
Overall Rank = 531/787
Age Group = 35-40F
Age Group Rank = 27/40
Pre-race routine:

Up attem, breakfast, coffee, hit the road.
Event warmup:

Walk to the International distance start. Quick warm up in the water.
  • 40m 30s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 28s / 100 yards

The swim waves started right on time. Mine was the last wave (purple caps). I was the only purple cap without a wetsuit. Since it's my first race of the season I didn't go bounding in with the lead pack. I can sometimes get anxiety and I didn't want to go out to fast. So I held back but then ended up weaving in and around a bunch of folks on the way to the first buoy.
What would you do differently?:

Be more assertive at the start. Wear a wetsuit even though the water was plenty warm.
Transition 1
  • 00m

It's a big race so transition is big. I was happy with my time. I didn't wear a wetsuit so no time was lost there.
What would you do differently?:

learn how to jump onto the bike - maybe.
  • 1h 21m 20s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 18.33 mile/hr

My goal was to concentrate on staying focused and keeping my effort up on the ride. I have a tendancy to not pay attention and slow down. I did a good job with this and this was a good ride for me.
What would you do differently?:

Continue to get faster.
Transition 2
  • 00m

I had frozen a bottle of water and left it in transition for my post bike shower. It was cold and awesome. Maybe the best idea I had all day.
What would you do differently?:

choose gu not chomps for the run fuel. Carry a fuel belt.
  • 57m 23s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 14s  min/mile

My goal was to start out at goal pace and maintain 9:30 or faster for the course. I did this. It was a great run.
What would you do differently?:

I had trouble getting my nutrition out of my snazzy new trisuit because the pockets are inconvenient. I would choose gu instead of the chomps and I would carry my own water to avoid the wait at the water tables.
Post race
Warm down:

Standing around.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I should have worn my wetsuit since everyone else wore theirs. But other than that the only thing is just improving my abilities.

Event comments:

This is a great race. It's pretty big (3000) participants so it's a good idea to plan ahead for parking and other things that take a little extra time. But it's a great venue and a I though a great event.

Last updated: 2012-03-03 12:00 AM
00:40:30 | 1640 yards | 02m 28s / 100yards
Age Group: 20/40
Overall: 0/787
Performance: Good
Suit: trisuit
Course: out to first buoy, right turn, straight to 6th buoy and straight into shore.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:00
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:21:20 | 24.85 miles | 18.33 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/40
Overall: 0/787
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Over the MacArthur causeway up to the Julia tuttle causeway over and back and then a little add on loop on NE or NW 2nd. The course was clear of cars and the intersections were all very safe. There were a lot of cyclists but no real issues. There was only one patch of really bumpy roads which the management team advised the participants in advance.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks:
Time: 00:00
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:57:23 | 06.21 miles | 09m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/40
Overall: 0/787
Performance: Good
Course: This is an out-and-back course along the boardwalk in South Beach. It is pretty sunny and a little bit crowded and hot. At the very end you run through maybe 100 yards of soft sand leading into the finish which is a challenge.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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

2012-04-05 6:23 PM

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