I have been in Miami for 9 weeks now and I couldn’t have asked for better weather to train in during the winter months. As everyone up north suffered through “snowmageddon” I was sweating through 80 degree workouts. About 5 weeks into my stay here I decided to sign up for 2575 Las Olas, an 800 meter swim, 12.4 mile bike, and a 5k run. It was going to be a good race to test my speed in the early season. My run training leading up to the race was solid and it paid off. My biking, not so much. With the purchase of Black Thunder, my bike, about 6 weeks ago I finally was able to start riding, but I never really got any good solid training rides in. Most of my rides were long and averaging a decent pace, but not race specific to build the speed I would need for the 12.4 miles. As far as swim training it was non existent until the week before in which I did 2 1k swims.
4:30 a.m. on race morning the alarm clock sounded and I was up showering, eating, and preparing the last few things. Jeanna, my girlfriend and biggest supporter, and I were in the car by 5:30 and off to the race. We arrived to wind, hard winds, strong enough to make them change the swim to 600 meters. I got everything set up and it was down to the beach to watch the pros start and wait my turn.
The swim was rough, but the current was strong which definitely helped with my limited training. It was one of my rougher swims in a while, and considering I am use to the calm waters of Puerto Rico the waves were a bit of a change. I managed the swim in a time of 10:46 and I was fine with that.
Transition 1 was flawless for me until I couldn’t get my feet on top of my bike shoes to start the bike. Definitely need to practice this a bit more. The bike was a two loop course and was completely flat. Heading out I felt good and was holding a good speed until I realized it was due to the high winds at my back. I made the turn and it was like I hit a wall. I was not ready to battle the winds. I pushed through and was still passing people so it made me feel like I was doing well, but in the end it would not be fast enough. I finished the bike feeling good and ready to run with a time of 36:37. It was nice feeling ready to run, but I wanted to have a faster bike time. Looking back it’s obvious that I didn’t have enough training time on the bike, and in my previous races that would have been ok considering a bunch have been draft legal. Being my first non drafting race in a while, it was an adjustment and I really feel that there is a huge difference between the races. All in all I learned that I need to step it up on the bike and give Black Thunder the rider that she deserves.
T2 was good and like I said I felt ready to run. I headed out on to the course following a guy that seemed like he was going to keep a good pace. I ended up following him for about 2 miles (thanks for the pacing whoever you were). I was averaging about 7:00 miles and I knew I could push it for the last one. Bye bye pacer, I was off. I pushed it and then for the last 200 meters or so ended up in a sprint finish battling a fellow competitor. It may have not been to win the race, but we both pushed like it was. I finished the run in 21:22 (6:53 min/mi). Running has always been my hardest part. I could never get the pace I wanted due to cramps and GI issues, but I have worked a lot on it and it keeps paying off.
My total time was 1:10:38. I was satisfied with my swim and pumped about my run, but can’t get over how I got smoked on the bike. I finished 4th in my age group and the difference between me and the podium basically came down to the bike. Its a little hard to take, but it’s early in 2014 and I can guarantee I will be ready to ride in my next race.
I didn’t have my Moxie Multisport race kit for the race, but it was awesome knowing that I had their support even if it wasn’t on my clothes. It was also good to meet fellow teammate C.J. Fleming who rocked it out there. Thanks to all our sponsors for your support and can’t wait to get back out there.