Roadtrip to St Petersburg, Florida!!! Another fun trip with the animals of my teammates, Bernie and the young Padawan Sebas! St Anthony’s Triathlon is the USAT Florida Region Championship, and one of the most historic races in triathlon (This race has 32 years!!!). I have done this race 2 times already, but last year they open the sprint division, which I wanted to try this year.

Roadtrip!!!! Padawan Sebas, me and Bernie

Roadtrip!!!! Padawan Sebas, me and Bernie

No expectations here, as St Anthony is a super competitive race. Just another needed escape from Miami, to try something different. The race was expected to be hot (as always) and windy. The last 2 times I did this races I always remember to blow out on the run and have a traumatic experience on the water, so I was quite happy just to do half of it now. Plus after the hard South Beach Triathlon of last weekend, this could be walk in the park.

Prerace warm up with Padawan Sebas, myself, Kiko, Michi and Bernie

Prerace warm up with Padawan Sebas, myself, Kiko, Michi and Bernie

The swim was quite good. I was together with my teammates Sebas and Kikin on wave 1 of the mass swim start. Madness as always in the swim start, with kicking and punching, and one mofo was hitting my head a few times, but luckily I shake it off afterwards. I was quite happy that this swim was not wetsuit legal, that mean no advantages to others on the swim. But I have come to realize that I may need a skinsuit in order to have an advantage in the swim. I think my swim is pretty decent in the pool, but in OWS can become a different story sometimes, by giving unnecessary advantages that could be avoided. Anyways, I was pretty happy with my swim.

Race ready!

Race ready!

The long road to T1 was a run on concrete that lasted easily half a mile. Transition times were quite long, but you gotta do what you gotta do boy. Headed out to quite a windy bike course with a big false flat at the beginning and a head wind. I wanted to hammer the whole bike course and try to use the tailwind on my advantage. Pulled the big guns on early and try to keep them on fire the whole way. Had to be careful with quite sharp turns, but after doing 20 miles last weekend on the South Beach course, this one seemed quite short, which mentally it works wonders.

Usually when finishing the bike I do my dismounts barefoot, and run to transition with my cleats on the bike. Heading back to T2 I miscalculated the dismount area and I couldn’t get my feet out of my shoes, so I had to improvised and actually unclip from the bike and run into T2 with my bike shoes still on my feet. Not quite a problem, but I felt it was something that doesn’t often and I’m not used to it. Bike racked, took out my feet of the bike shoes and put my running shoes.

On the run felt strong, and tried to keep the pace with several people that were passing me. I had never raced with a one piece before, but I noticed and the suit quite helps keeping my posture on the run on check, while compressing my core. Plus it makes me look thinner and fit like a PRO ;).  Halfway thru the run and saw Kikin and Bernie passing by, they had a quite good race, since they are really strong beats and when I grow up I want to be like them. A mile to go, and I started concentrating on increasing the pacing, having a faster cadence (speedy legs, speedy legs!)  and opening the legs a bit more. I started passing people and felt really good, since most of the time I am the one being passed on the run! Finished strong and call it a day.

Justice is served! PANDA KICK MOFOS!

Justice is served! PANDA KICK MOFOS!

The Numbers:

Swim: 15:38

T1: 3:58

Bike: 31:06 (I CLOCKED 23.9 MPH!!! OMG!!!)

T2: 1:18

Run: 24:09

Total: 1:16:08

6th out of 21

Post race with the Miami gang

Post race with the Miami gang

This race is quite competitive, but I think overall I had a good race, I was a bit disappointed on the swim, so that skinsuit is on my shopping list now. I know I can do better!. I was very happy with my run, since I cut almost 30 seconds from my last sprint… and I think that’s quite a lot taking into consideration I pushed hard on the bike.

Now to put a big block of training in… the biggie is coming up! Escape from Alcatraz! It will be my first time in San Francisco!!! 

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