South Beach Triathlon (Relay)
April 2, 2017
Second time’s a charm! The last time I came down for a race in Miami was just over two months ago for Miami Marathon Weekend. That race day was cold, wet and just not an enjoyable one, but not today. Today was a clear, 75 degree day…perfect triathlon weather! Yes, it got hotter as the race went on, but it’s as expected when doing a Miami race.
The Classic/Sprint distance kicked off about 7:20 with a half mile swim. I was on a relay team for this race so I was able to hang out for a bit until my teams swimmer was over with her leg of the race. Although I didn’t swim, the feedback that I got from everyone was that the swim portion was great. The water seemed calm and the swim course was a straight out, right turn then another right turn onto the beach. She finished the swim at 17:31 then is was time for me to get on with the bike.
Like many others, I just did not have enough training time on the bike so I was worried with how I’d do on this day. That along with the fact that I was doing this 21 mile bike ride on a single speed bike. Luckily we were in Florida so the course was pretty flat. In fact, the course for the bike covered a lot of the same roads as Miami Marathon. We started right along 5th and Ocean Drive before heading across to the mainland by crossing MacArthur Causeway for about 3 miles. This was one of the 3 bridges that we had to cross so I was able to make up some time at this point… I guess I’m not half bad on hills these days (LOL). From MacArthur Causeway we turned onto Biscayne Blvd where we rode for about 2-3 miles before turning onto Julia Tuttle Causeway. This is where is became difficult for a lot of folks! This road was about 3 miles each way and included 2 bridges/inclines. As I approached the first incline I felt pretty confident. As I did on the other bridge, I was able to pass a ton of folks on this incline. Once I came off of there and began to approach the second incline I literally said to myself “this is going to be a problem”, and indeed it was! I was able to make it up but it definitely took much more work than the previous two. From there we simply made a few turns which ultimately resulted in a U-turn to get back on Julia Tuttle Causeway. I feel like I did better on the second half of the race because it was simply an out and back so I knew what to expect on the back end… back across the two Causeway’s and onto South Beach before finishing up the 21 miles. I was happy with my finish, which was 1:12:17, to result in 17.18/mph… on a single speed bike!
From the bike I went on to find the runner for my relay team. Unlike other relay teams where people meet their team members by the bikes. This race set up two separate section for relay teams to meet to give the next person their time chip which I thought was cool.
Now onto the 4 mile run…
Although I was only supposed to bike, I still felt like I had A LOT more left in the tank so I went on to the run. By this time the temperature rose to nearly 85 so it made the run difficult for a lot of folks. Fortunately I was there to help my teammate finish because it became more and more difficult for everyone, even the elites!
We were able to push through to the finish, finishing the run at 51:20, giving our team a final time of 2:28:03!
All in all, the race was a great experience. The folks at Lifetime Fitness definitely organized a great event. The one knock off was that there was not a ton of crowd support, but I guess you should expect that to be the case with triathlons opposed to running events. Also, with the heat being such an issue, having a sweat test done by Levelen would have help a lot of the athletes at the race. Nonetheless, I’ll definitely be back for a race down in Miami!
Next Up: Broad Street Run, May 7th in Philadelphia, PA