My first Olympic distance triathlon; about time right?!
Before I moved to Miami I had heard about this triathlon.
You get to jump from a ferry and swim over to an island then swim across the bay to Miami!
HECK YES I am doing this!!
Jumping off the Ferry at Escape Island
Not only was this my first Olympic this was Rosalita’s first sleepover with her competitors!
Bike Drop Off at Escape to Miami Triathlon
Saying bye to her for the night was not ideal but it seemed as though they had ample security and I felt safe once I saw all the other bikes 🙂
Then I got to our row… YEP #luckynumber11
YEP, Rosalita was going to be fine by her new friends in row 11!
The next morning, I woke up at the BUTT crack of dawn. Got to transition, set up, then headed over to the ferry… GOT ON the ferry, met some awesome people on our ride over then they kicked us off the boat and we swam to shore on Escape Island!
As we made our way to the start line on Escape Island… we heard some dance music… then we saw a boat… on that boat we some some party people! It was 5:30am and I do believe these girls dancing on the boat had not slept yet. PERFECT MIAMI. That is what it is like here. #effincrazy The people don’t sleep. AND this morning we got some free entertainment from it! Thanks dancer girls for keeping me giggling for the next two hours! 🙂
33.23 (02:02 per 100yrd)
This swim was not my best… I was 5 minutes slower than I wanted to be.
The water was perfectly fine, only a few spots where the seaweed was so thick I got nervous that animals would be in it. HAHAHA, I didn’t panic though. I just couldn’t breath right. I never really found my rhythm. At the time I thought it was the salt water… but thinking about it now, well I have been having a hard time in the pool too.
I know I just need to swim more.
(FYI, After this blog post I am driving to Key Biscayne to swim!)
 Just looking a little bit beat up from the slow swim!
Swim Exit, Escape to Miami Triathlon
1:17.29 (19.2 mph)
It was a great bike for me.
 Especially considering half way through the course it started POURING DOWN RAIN.
Transition 1, Escape to Miami Triathlon
This AZ girl had only ridden in the rain say 2/3 times in Arizona.
Since I have been in Miami I have ridden in the rain at least 7/8 times.
The weather was perfect for the first loop and then I got to the top of a bridge and the storm started. It was pretty much the beginning of  my second loop. AND it only took a couple miles to convince myself that it was safe to ride fast. So I finally picked my speed back up, but I will still a bit nervous.
Other than that it was good, my goal time was 1:15, and with the rain I am 110% happy with my time! I’ll take the extra 2 minutes and have my “safe” ride!
52.18 (8:25 min/mile)
Every. Single. Run. I. LOVE.
Whatever my hip fracture did to me mentally it’s still there. I want to cry during every pain free run still! hahaha
The run was pretty uneventful other than my shoes being #COMPLETELY soaked thanks to that wonderful storm while riding. The rain was pretty much done by the time I started running again so even though the sun was back out… my shoes where soaking and the pair of socks I brought… soaking.
SO I decided to not waste the time with socks and just slipped my shoes on and took off!
My feet still have a couple sores on them. I guess I need to get a pair of race flats for my Miami adventure Tri’s!  🙂
The run was evenly split… don’t assume I did that on purpose! Hahaha, I have one speed right now and that is my 8:25’s. I hoped to be able to push it just a bit more and finish in 50 minutes but body/mind/spirit wasn’t buying it. I need to work on “pushing”myself beyond comfort.
TOTAL TIME 2:47.01
6th/36 AG
38th/302 OA
I would recommend this Tri times eleven!!
Loved the whole ferry idea. Loved the two loop bike course with 8 “climbs” #FLclimbingisbridgecrossing. Loved the run along the ocean.
Finish Line Party at Escape to Miami Triathlon
I love me some Miami!
Looking forward to my next, IRONMAN MIAMI!!

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