Two trilogies down and 2 more to go! Although something really unexpected happened on race number 3 of the Trilogies. Due to constructions on Key Biscayne, the race venue changed from Crandon Park to Virginia Beach. This noticed came on race week so it took everyone by surprise! So at least I cannot measure up again the same course/venue style for my race time, but the new venue came as a refresh… finally something new and exciting.
Needless to say, I was feeling sick. I had some cold symptoms and I knew eventually was going downhill. I was telling coach that I would be racing with half a lung LOL. This race was special too, because my cousin was doing his first triathlon... he would always joke around that I was his inspiration and he wanted to change his lifestyle a bit, nd be more healthy. I can attest that he's on a good path to be more healthier (although he needs to cut the portions a bit ;) ). He has the goal to do Ironman 70.3 Ecuador, in our home home country, which is one of my goals next year too. ¡Adelante mi Luchosh que si se puede!
The swim course was way better. It was a fast swim that had a short run to T1 (compared to the Crandon venue which is a LOOOONG run to T1). I nailed the swim. I think is the first time I actually went all-out in the swim, after the horrible swim I had in Nationals, I felt I needed to make it up.
Good transition, but after an all out sprint in the swim I had trouble catching my breath, even early on the bike, and felt like that the whole ride. Plus this time we had 4 bridges to do instead of 2, with a 2 loop course for the sprinters. I managed to do the best I could, but now my age group has a really competitive field that probably will have the same people in the same place in the top podiums, as has happened in the last 2 local races.
The turnaround was tight, so I had to be careful riding around people. I found a guy in my age group on the bike, and we were passing each other on the bike. I tried to out sprint him on the last miles but he passed me while getting to T2.
Another good transition and headed to the run. Pedal to the metal here, I went full throttle here… I needed to catch my new nemesis! I passed by the water station, and asked for WATER… and they f*cking gave me Gatorade… I needed to cool down because the run was going to be very hot! Threw the Gatorade away and continued. It was really nice to have a new course on the run, you run across the Bear Cut bridge and head to some shaded parts, plus it was nice who was in front. The shaded path helped a lot the heat management… is the middle of August and is super hot now in Miami. I threw finally some water from another aid station, and I felt I was going on fumes! Near the turn around I could see some of the heads, but it would be impossible to catch them at my current fumey pace.
Saw my teammates and some friends and encouraged them to keep going. I catched up to Philippe and told him to draft off me LOL. After leaving the shaded path and back to the Bear Cut Bridge, it was unmeasurably HOT… but I saw the guywho passed me in front of me and I was catching him little by little. PUSH I was telling to myself PUSH YOU MOFO! At the end of the bridge I was next to him, and I remembered how Javi Gomez does with the Brownlees, you stay behind them until the last yards and then out sprint them!!! To my surprise it actually WORKED! Thanks to this I landed a 4th place bumped the other guy to 5th place.
4th out of 20
So for the last local races, my bike loses around 2 min avg and on the run I lose an avg of 4 min to the head/winner. I need to get better on the bike, and WAAAAY better on the run. Which seems to me like Mission Impossible!!!
Oh and remember my cousin? He became a triathlete!!! He finished alive and well, although he had 3 flats on the bike! And yes, he got bit by the TRI bug and he's coming for more!!!!
Oh and remember my cold? I passed out sick for 3 days after the race LOL