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Miami, Florida
United States
Run Miami, Inc.
80'sF / 0C
Total Time = 3h 49m
Overall Rank = 665/702
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 22/24
Pre-race routine:

Spark, banana, crackers, supplements. Focussed on eating starting Thursday. TH: Spaghetti with meat sauce and salad. F: Shrimp, roast salmon, spinach, sweet potato. S: am Eggs, L salad, D shrimp and salad with chicken.

Funny moment leaving the hotel: we hooked up with another group of athletes and walked towards the elevators together. We're all wearing 'shorts' 'bathing suit's and carrying 'bags' and 'bottles.' An identical mix of guys and gals gets off the elevator and walks towards us. They too are wearing 'short's' 'bathing suits (bikini's)' and carrying 'bags' and 'bottles.' Each group is giving the other a 'wth' look. Our bottles were nutrition, theirs were Bud Light. Elevator reeked of alcohol! ;p
Event warmup:

Mucked around transition, ferry to Escape Island. 6:20 am ferry, so it was still dark. The Island was lit with tiki tourches. Jumped into the dark sea and swam towards the island, only to be greeted by a Pirate! Hung out on the beach waiting for the rest of the lunatics to arrive. Swam a bit.
  • 54m 41s
  • 1500 meters
  • 03m 39s / 100 meters

Let the pack get ahead of me and then just started swimming. My stroke only really came together in the last two weeks. I DID GREAT! Swam with my face in the water the whole time. Only breathed on the left, which was okay, breathed every stroke. It wasn't broke so I didn't fix it. MY SITING WAS PERFECT! Got into a few slap fests with people who kept zigzagging the course. One jerk stops after the turn to ask the ORLG WHERE THE FINISH IS! ORLG tells him to just swim to shore. So I asked the guard on the way by if I could get a latte to go. I did great. No OWS freakouts, NO PANIC! No issues with the ucky, yucky seaweed. It's too bad the boaters treak Escape Island the way they do. Looking down at the swim start, all you see is about 30 feet of ocean floor covered in beer cans. :(
What would you do differently?:

I'm glad it was a slack current; even so I had to work to get through the choppy areas. It picked up after we left the protection of the island, and again about 400 yards off shore. Just kept repeating "Atlantic Dunes ... Atlantic Dunes." Still. I SWAM! And I swam well. I know that I need to work on speed and strength. But, for someone who could barely string together 400 in the pool last April, I'M SO PROUD OF ME!
Transition 1
  • 03m 11s

Got out of the water and started walking to T1. Looked back and saw PEOPLE IN THE WATER!!! "OMG!," I yelled, "I'M NOT LAST!" Crowd laughed and yelled back: "NO! NOW GET INTO TRANSITION!" Got a hug and a kiss from Luis on my way in.

Woggly in T1, but heck! I'd just swum for 54 minutes.
What would you do differently?:

I need to get more efficient in transition. Nuf said.
  • 1h 31m
  • 24.85 miles
  • 16.38 mile/hr

Took my time getting onto the course to get rid of my sea legs. Weather was great. Overcast, roads were dry. Had 700 ml of Spark and Rehydrate and a bottle of plain water. BAD: NOTHING NEW ON RACE DAY. I had a rear hydration system that I broke down and transfered to the inside of my bike. The one holding my waterbottle was bent and the bottle got stuck. I was fine with the S/R bottle. Picked up water at the exchange and chugged b4 tossing it. I made the turn and there was a Miami Police Officer who had retrieved my bottle for me! Shouted an explaination. She saluted and said "You go girl!"

Liked the course a lot. Headwind into South Beach and a tailwind for the return. The kills, I mean, hills on the first bridge came at miles 5 and 8, and 10 and 16. Slowed to 10mph with the grade. Hills on the return trip weren't as bad (relatively). But, I like hills. Saw Kenny as I was starting my second loop and he was finishing. He gave a shout when he saw that I'd made the swim cut off "GO JANICE! STAY STRONG, BABY!" Knew that I'd stay aero into the headwind and try and fly with down grades and the tail wind on the return. At the bottle exchange, they were all offering bottles. Waved them off, but yelled "City of Miami rocks and you guys are all awesome!" They went nuts! :)
What would you do differently?:

I need to get more aggressive on the bike. But, with the wind and the grades, I'm pleased with my bike performance over all. Next year, I'll be stronger.
Transition 2
  • 03m 5s

Again. The use of the word Aggressive. I need to get me some.
What would you do differently?:

See above.
  • 1h 16m
  • 6.21 miles
  • 12m 14s  min/mile

I was so happy! I did great going out at a good pace. I ran so much more of this course than I did at Fantasy of Flight. Saw Kenny at my mile 1/his 5. He crossed over and gave me some of his water bottle, a hug and a kiss. "See you at the finish!" I pre-planned to chug the Spark/Rehydrate after the bike, shoot for an 11 minute mile, walk the bridge and use the water stops. Which I did! I didn't over hydrate like I did at FoF. Stomach felt great! Tried to push myself, but, really? I was meeting my goals for the race.

Traffic was a mess on the causeway b/c we had two lanes. The Police were GREAT! I think they just liked yelling at the rich people who live on Hybiscus Island ... HEY! HOLD UP! THESE PEOPLE ARE RACING!!! I tried to look like I was running when they did that! Passing the Officer, asked him what time the bus would be stopping at the bus stop just ahead. "You want a bus?" YES! I want a bus! :) He laughed.

Started raining at mile 5. Thunder! The poor volunteers! I thanked them all for staying out there and I think their smiles were bigger than mine! "HEY! No problem! YOU'RE GOING TO FINISH!" Yes. I am! :)

Ran the last mile into the finish. Kenny called out my name and I put my arms up. Came under the arch and GOT MY ESCAPE FINISHERS MEDAL! I'm so happy!
What would you do differently?:

Train for running. Get stronger, get more aggressive.
Post race
Warm down:

Found Kenny and hugged. Grabbed the gear out of the rain and went to get food. He had Gatoraid for me. Got a coke. Went back to the hotel and hustled to meet our check out time.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Need to refine my training, work on strenght, and loose some weight. So, lifestyle.

Event comments:

Rain limited post race. RunMiami put on an EXCELLENT Event! Staff was phenominal. THE VOLUNTEERS WERE JUST AWESOME! And major thanks to the City of Miami for the their excellent, enthusiastic and professional safety personnel!

Last updated: 2007-07-23 12:00 AM
00:54:41 | 1500 meters | 03m 39s / 100meters
Age Group: 22/24
Overall: 0/702
Performance: Good
Suit: No
Course: Two sides of a triangle in Biscayne Bay. Swim parallel to shore and out past the channel marker. Make the turn and head towards shore. Land at Margaret Pace Park.
Start type: Wade Plus: Shot
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:11
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:31:00 | 24.85 miles | 16.38 mile/hr
Age Group: 18/24
Overall: 0/702
Performance: Good
Wind: Headwind
Course: Causeway to the left of Escape Island. Two bridges, each with two hills. Guestimate the grade to be around 9%. Bonus hill on the approach to the return trip. Pretty ride through the top of South Beach.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:05
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:16:00 | 06.21 miles | 12m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 20/24
Overall: 0/702
Performance: Good
Course: Over the McArthur Causeway to Hybiscus Island and back. 12% grade hill at mile 1 and 5.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %3%
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2007-09-24 9:51 AM

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Red Sox Nation
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2007-09-24 11:06 AM
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Tampa, Fl
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Great job on the race sounds like you had a great time.  

AND you beat all kinds of people on the swim...Awesome

2007-09-24 1:37 PM
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Williamston, Michigan
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Awesome job sweetie So glad you had a great race!!!  Major congratulations I think its time to get rid of the dead fish!!!!
2007-09-24 1:55 PM
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whoop whoop!!!   major improvements on the swim, yes!!   Good race all around!  Maybe we should come down next year.....   hmmmm.....
2007-09-24 6:57 PM
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Plant City, FL
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Congrats on a tough race!! YOU DID IT!!!   WOOOOOOOOO!!!!

2007-09-25 8:01 AM
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omg!!!!!!!! fabulous job!!!! GREAT GREAT JOB ON THE RUN AND STAYING MOTIVATED!!!

thOSE kills were hillers!!! I am very proud of your for finishing that strongly....the rain did screw it up a bit at the end but it was a fabulous race!

I'm sure I'll see you next time!!!


keep smiling  

2007-09-25 12:11 PM
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Jacksonville, FL
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Great job! Did the race the first year and it was HOT! Sounds like you had some cooler temps.
2007-09-25 8:01 PM
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OMG!  You raced.. you raced.. and YOU FINISHED!!

Congrats, Janice. So proud.

2007-09-25 10:22 PM
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Congrats, Janice!

I can understand why people would want to escape from Alcatraz, but I'm still not sure why anyone would want to escape TO Miami.   

2007-09-27 5:15 PM
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Janice...super job out there!!

You didin't freak out swimming and did proud of you and how much you have grown/improved this rock!

Nice bike and run splits. What impresses me is that you had a super attitude and enjoyed yourself and had a blast with the crowd and volunteers..sure makes racing more fun.



2007-09-27 6:37 PM
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KendallF - 2007-09-25 10:22 PM

I can understand why people would want to escape from Alcatraz, but I'm still not sure why anyone would want to escape TO Miami.   

 I second that!  

Janice, great job all around!  You're turning into such a trithlete!  WOOHOO!!


2007-09-28 12:03 PM
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Miami, FL
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Great job Janice!  Woo-hoo!  I'm so impressed with your swim accomplishment... 54 minutes... wow chica!

Sounds like you had a blast too.  I'm happy for you girl!

2007-09-29 6:26 AM
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Binghamton, NY
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Nice job Janice!!! You can definitely get rid of the dead fish avatar! Maybe replace it with a barracuda, they're "aggressive".

Congrats on a great race! It sounded like you had a blast! That's what this sport is all about! I love the latte comment to the lifeguard! That shows how relaxed you were!

Keep up the great work! 

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