Miami Man Triathlon Review 2010Race Website
This could be the fastest race review I have ever written. I can sum this up in one word ABSOLUTLY FASTASTIC!! Shut up I know that is two words!! If you want to know how to run a race absolutely perfect go to Miami Man. They did NOTHING wrong. That is an amazing statement coming from someone who loves to critique races.
It was the race of “what could go wrong did”. Cuban food for dinner (see below) is not a good pre-race meal. I walked up to a flat tire before the race (bad valve stem). Then since I was rushing out of the hotel I put all my water bottles in the wrong bag. Luckily someone tossed me a free water bottle for the ride but it only contained water.
|Caught stuffing my face|
The swim was great for me. I got trapped in the crowd in the beginning and got kicked in the face most of the race. I completed the swim in 19:54. I was 28th of 41 in my age group. Not bad for doing the breast stroke.
About 2 miles into the bike ride I heard a loud pop and hiss noise. I pulled over and the tire was still holding air so I continued on. When I was done with the ride my tire was still inflated but had only about 80 psi. I have no clue what went wrong with it. The bike portion was done in 1:08:39 with a 19:54 pace. I would have been much faster if I did not have to stop to check the tire and also was not riding on 80 psi.
Since my nutrition and water was all screwed up my stomach was upside down for the first 2 miles of the run. Eventually it corrected itself and I was no longer in pain. The run was not my fastest at all. I got done in 1:04:52 with a 9:49 pace. That is a far cry from my 1:56 half marathon PR.
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Packet pickup and bike setup was on Saturday. Both ran extremely fast and ran like clockwork. Bike rack lanes where marked with race number ranges. On the rack was a predetermined spot for your bike that had your race number on it.
|I also got a sick My Little Pony tattoo on my right arm|
|Cool Bike Tag|
HOLY COW THEY GAVE YOU A TON OF FREE STUFF.
In the race packet you got:
- Triathlon FL magazine
- Triathlon Magazine (Center Stage at Kona)
- Miami Man mouse pad
- Miami Man Shirt
- Miami Man Hat
- 1 cereal box
- Chocolate shorts bar
- Shot blocks
- Miami Man small towel
- Mimi Lava Bar
- Mini Clif Bar
- Miami Man Race number belt
- Marathon protein bar
- Hammer Gel
- Cool race number bib with the cool alligator on it
- Really cool shark race cap
|Way Silly Cool|
|My large nose makes the shark look like a sword fish.|
The expo was fairly large. There were probably about 20 quality vendors. There was ome neat stuff to see and buy if you had the coin.
Pre-Race Meal - Versailles Restaurant
Every time you go to Miami you have got to go to the Versailles Restaurant. It has THE BEST Cuban food in the US. I had the Galician White Bean Soup and the Baby Churrasco steak grilled with a Chimichurri sauce. I also had a Cuban coffee and a custard desert. Super yummy, but not great pre-race food. But I did not care because I left fat, dumb and happy.
|Inside Versailles - Cuban Heaven|
|Versailles Cakes (there were four more displays!!)|
The race organizer had to fit at least 2000 cars in one small park. But that was not an issue for them. They organized each wave to arrive at prescheduled times. They also broke that down so each wave would come into one of the four predetermined entrances. These entrances were marked with huge color coded signs. Then volunteers showed you to a spot. It was like parking at Disney World. Very smooth job.
There were more than enough porto-lets and the lines were surprisingly small.
|Pretty day and great weather|
The swim went off in very organized waves. There was an announcer to keep everyone entertained and to call the next wave. The water was CRYSTAL CLEAR. Because of my degree, I have been on almost every lake in central Florida and this was nicer than any like I have ever been on. It was as clear as the water in the Bahamas. The water temperature was just barely wet suit legal but I did not use a wet suit and thought it was refreshing.
|Look at the clear lake water|
The ride was flat as a pancake. Not the most beautiful route but EVERY intersection had cops and volunteers directing traffic. Swag vehicles and race officials went past me several times. It was very well run.
The run was also flat as a pancake with some hard packed trails. You got to run through the Miami Zoo. You got to see elephants, monkeys, gorillas, zebras, hippos, cranes, etc. It was really cool to see all the animals on the run.
For the international distance there were about 5 water break areas. Each was themed and competing for the best rest stop. They had water, sports drink, gels, bananas and oranges. They were well organized, fully staffed and fully stocked.
As soon as you got out of the race you stopped at a booth where they printed you a receipt that had your personalized race results on it. I was flabbergasted. Instant results! Very Cool.
|Instant Race Printout|
The race food was the usual. Nothing special but very good. Free sports drinks, Muscle Milk, pizza and chicken and yellow rice.
|My Biggest Fan|
The race results for the Du, Intermediate and Half-Ironman were posted by 6:00 pm on the SAME day. Very fast! Check out the level of details they give you. Click on the swim time and see the details
This race was a blast and was an A++ race. Well ran and well organized. I HIGHLY recommend it.
|The cool bling bling|
|Mr studlyness worked on the girls. Eat your heart out Q on the Move|
|A huge Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robot and two studs|