Well the season continues! Continuing with the plan to do lots of races this year as my 5th anniversary as a triathlete, I have decided to do all the Key Biscayne Trilogy races that compound 4 races (3 races + a bonus round). So let’s start with number one!
The Trilogy came back to Crandon Park on Key Biscayne after a year of been doing it on Virginia Key. The Trilogy has a special place in my heart since it was my first triathlon I ever did (to be more exact it was Trilogy #2). So coming back to the race where I day viewed as a triathlete was really special.
The Trilogy Sprint is a modified distance race, that encompassed a really short 400m swim, a 10 mile bike and a 3 mile run. If you are thinking of doing your first triathlon, certainly this race is for you.
My team came in full force to this race, with 30 people racing, we probably were the biggest team out there. After 5 years of doing this, is always great to see familiar faces of the local tri community and catch up with them during the race. You know who you are, so it was good to see you!
As always have been my custom, I go without any expectations… I just go and do the best I can. Prepared transition, met coach and the team and wished them good luck. From T1 to the beach is quite a long walk, so you have to take in consideration the walk time to swim start. As we started the swim, I was so pissed that a lot of people were walking the swim… you may ask, how is this even possible?. No, it was not Jesus waking over water (well… almost), but it was a bank of sand in the middle of the swim.. were some people started walking over… I mean, c’mon guys, don’t cheat yourself… swim… you train for swimming, not for walking over water. Not cool.
As usual, I got smacked several times… this comes when you are small and everyone treats you like Nemo. But small people TRI harder mofos, and that is what it counts. As I exited the water it was quite a long run over the ran and to transition. Whatever advantage I took on the swim, my friends that started together with me, Sebas, Matt and Roberto, passed me on the way to T1. But anyways, just doing my thing.
On the bike I felt the lack of training on it. Since Alcatraz I haven’t been training on my bike since it was traveling around the US for almost 4 weeks. So I definitely felt flat on it. I was just trying to do my best. My friends Matty and Sebas passed me, and encouraged them to have a great race.
Onto T2 and here it came the run. Matty was on sight and catch up to him. I told him.. “I want you to beat me today” and encouraged him to keep running with me. I was surprised that I felt good on the run. This doesn't mean I was going fast, but considering the heat and my worry that the new sleeved uniform may be too hot for the race, it was not that bad. I was starting to pass people from the AG group above mine but I never saw a person of my age group. Until of course the moment happened that a person from my age passed me… but I had no clue… was I first? Second? Third? So many doubts!!!
Last mile and I started to push the most I could. Last meters I heard a lot of friends cheering for me, to start pushing and that people were just coming behind me. I was like “No way Jose!!!” sprinted to the end and did a fully airborne Panda Kick!!!
My friend Patrick was just behind me and he was trying to catch me. I was lucky he didn’t, but still he won his age group with an amazing performance. I was impressed that I ended up in second place for a minute. Always these time differences are so bittersweet… what if?, maybe I should have pushed more?, etc etc. I see the positives and the good thing is that I have 3 more tries to get faster in the same course and maybe break the hour in doing so!
2nd of 28th
So happy for my boy Matt as he placed 3rd place and we shared the podium together. My team basically sweep the podiums with their amazing performances. I look up to them everyday.