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Season 6 has started!

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Season 6 has started!

 Raise and shine.

Raise and shine.

The Prelude

The road for my 3rd Ironman has started. A lot has happened after last season ended. I had an injury which I’m still dealing with, although it has gotten better after some rest over the Holidays. Did a lot off season base where I’m sill training like a triathlete, and not a runner. The goals of this year (Season 6) are to go long distance, 3 halfs ironman and a full ironman. Finishing is something, but when you fail to prove to yourself that you cannot break your limits is a bit frustrating. Frustrating and infuriating, so that’s why I decided to take manners into hands. My goals are set on stone and in order to achieve them I decided to look around for help. Together with some friends we decided to form a group called Darkside Miami. Although we are racing and pushing each other to be better athletes, together we are more about a group of friends, that have fun like kids (and the love for Star Wars!), and we simply decided to put a name to our group. Check out our website!. By the way in any form we are coaches. So for that aspect we decided to train with Torsten Triathlon Coaching via the initiative of Cobi Morales and iRun Triathlon. So the season looks really promising and the base training has been fantastic. Then again only time will tell if I have simply reach a limit that I can’t overpass or I can go to the next level.

Darkside Miami has awaken. Season 1.

 Darkside planning

Darkside planning

Road2TX: Weeks 1- 4 (January 4- 31)

I know I have been slacking but there’s have been a lot on my plate. Specially trying to get use to this new type of training. The first things that we did with Coach Thor (that’s his nickname that the guys decided to put, plus sounds super cool!), was to determine our zones. We have an imperative to forget about speeds and just go by Heart Rates (HR). Time trail test on the pool, a 40k TT on the bike and a short burst of speed on the run to set up our new zones and see where were we physically speaking. We have been doing a lot of loooooooooooong distances but at an easy pace to develop endurance (and burn fat ;) ). After a month I’m finally adapting to the demands of the new training. Now let’s keep it up! 

 And the training has just started...

And the training has just started...

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Year of Iron

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Year of Iron

In 2015, it was my 5th year anniversary of me being a triathlete (and of this blog) and I challenged myself to do 12 races (12 months/ a race each month) as a commitment towards the sport of triathlon and as a big way to celebrate my anniversary! (Check original blog post here)

Here was the original list of races I committed to do:

  • 01/04: Indoor Triathlon - DONE!
  • 03/01: Tri Life Bayfront Challenge - DONE!
  • 03/29 Tri Cocoa: Was not in the original list but added - DONE!
  • 04/19: South Beach Triathlon - DONE!
  • 04/26: St Anthony's Triathlon - DONE!
  • 05/17: 25.75 North Miami – Didnt do
  • 06/07: Escape from Alcatraz - DONE!
  • 06/21: Trilogy #1 - DONE!
  • 07/19: Trilogy #2 - DONE!
  • 07/26: Huntington’s Disease Triathlon: Was not in the original list but added - DONE!
  • 08/08: USAT Nationals - DONE!
  • 08/16: Trilogy #3 - DONE!
  • 08/30: Chicago Triathlon – It was this race or Nationals (I decided to race Nationals ;) )
  • 09/16: Trilogy Bonus - This one was converted to a relay with the Thumbs Up peeps - DONE!
  • 09/20: Escape to Miami - DONE!
  • 11/15: Miami Man Metro Zoo Int'l Distance – Didn’t do
  • 12/06: Key West Triathlon - DONE!

So there you have it! 14 races in a year (well technically 12, I don’t think a relay and an indoor triathlon can be considered a full race…? Do they?!)  PLUS: I didn’t even included some 5k I did through the year! 

Anyway in order to keep in check with my commitment to triathlon, this year won't be about a lot of races, but about LONGER races. Yes!, that means this year will be the Year of Iron, as I will be doing more 70.3’s and a full IRONMAN once again! I’m so freaking excited to attempt the 140.6 miles of glory (and death!) once again!

So here is the calendar for 2016:

  • 04/03: South Beach Triathlon
  • 04/10: Ironman 70.3 Florida
  • 04/17: Star Wars Half Marathon: The Dark Side
  • 05/14: Ironman Texas
  • 07/31: Ironman 70.3 Ecuador
  • XX/XX: Secret Race
  • 11/13: Miami Man - USAT National Long Course Championship

The calendar is not final, but these are the races I have officially registered. Is sad to see that I’ll be racing less, and crazy enough I see that April will be a tough month (CRAP! just noticed this! ). You may ask about the *Secret Race*… well this is a race I sign up too, but still I will see if I do it or not… and yes, is a long distance course!

As I did with Ironman Florida and the Ironman World Championship, I will start posting a weekly update on my Road 2 Texas journey! Back to Ironman! Third time is the charm! #road2Texas  

Oh boy, here we go again. Let's suit up!

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Bye 2015!

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Bye 2015!

2015 is in the past now! Although I’m still waiting for my flying DeLorean and an awesome hoverboard, this year was full of Panda Kickin', amazing races and unforgettable experiences.

As it has become a custom now, here is a recap of 2015:

January
Committed to tri! Started the year with an indoor triathlon event. It was fun and a different take on traditional triathlon.

 With my partner in crime, the great Bernie

With my partner in crime, the great Bernie

February
Nothing to report here, just building up and trying to lose weight from the Holidays :D

March
Trilife Triathlon, a good race to start officially the season and to see where I was in overall shape. Out of the blue (and pushed by Bernie as always) I decided to make a roadtrip to Cocoa Beach to race in an inaugural race, it was my FIRST WIN in my age group EVER!

 My first win EVER!

My first win EVER!

April
The Miami Challenge begins with the always hard and competitive South Beach Triathlon, I forgot how tough this race was! Later on the month, St. Anthony’s Triathlon followed, it was the first time I was doing the sprint distance there.

 Man!, I look so fat

Man!, I look so fat

May
Nothing to report here :(

June
I finally did one of my bucket list races, Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco, California!!! What an AWESOME experience, definitely a must do race for any triathlete. Macca said it was the best triathlon in the USA and I can attest that this is true!. Beautiful and challenging…  it makes you feel alive! Back in Miami, the Mack Cycle Key Biscayne Triathlon Trilogy series starts.

 Invaded San Francisco with these guys!

Invaded San Francisco with these guys!

July
The Trilogy continues with race #2. Another last minute race, Hungtinton Disease Triathlon, for the first time, the USAT Florida Region Championship was here and we won the Best Club in Florida Championship due to points… A Championship title earn and not given by any means!

 I would to thank the Academy, my momma, and my faithful Hawaiian pizza

I would to thank the Academy, my momma, and my faithful Hawaiian pizza

August
My “A” race of the year… It was a dream in the making for the last 5 years!  I finally qualified for the USAT National Championship and got to compete with the best amateur triathletes in the USA. What a great experience! Oh yeah, back in Miami, another Trilogy race too lol

 Panda Kick. Level: NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!

Panda Kick. Level: NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!

September
First time doing a relay for a change. Supported the team Thumbs Up and did the swim portion of the race. Check out the blog post to get inspired! The Miami Challenge finishes with the Escape to Miami Triathlon; it was the first time I did the sprint distance, after 3 years of doing the Olympic distance.

 Team Thumbs Up! So humbling and inspiring!

Team Thumbs Up! So humbling and inspiring!

October
Nothing to report here :(

November
Vacay!!!

December
Finishing the year with Key West Triathlon. Definitely a good race to finish the year with!

 Last Panda Kick of 2015!

Last Panda Kick of 2015!

What a year it was! It always good to reflect on the past and plan for a better future! Like Doc Brown said:

"Your future hasn't been written yet. No one's has. Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one!"

So how was YOUR year? Any major plans for the future?

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Welcome 2015!

Happy New Year everyone! Wishing all my readers the best this new year! Is a time to reflect on the past so we can plan a better future!

Without saying more here’s a little recap of my 2014! Some races mentioned here have reports, so if you want to know more about a race you can click on the link. Let's get started!!!! 

January

Regaining some fitness, not much fun races, but moving forward! 

February

Ragnar Relay! Second time doing this race… and as always too much fun.  6 people in a van without sleep for more than 30 hours! Yup, that’s the meaning of FUN!

A1A Half Marathon: I remember I signed up for the full, but just decided to do the half. Again I broke the 1:50s barrier but still far from my PR.

Ragnar Relay! A1A Half Marathon!

March

HITS Ocala: The first triathlon of the season. A cold race for us, but surprisingly I landed 2nd place in my age group.

 

 April

Heaven EXISTS!!! :D Follow the link to see my 3 seconds of fame!!!

I want oneMay

TriMiami: another prep race, missed the podium for one spot,,, 4th place!

The Inaugural Miami Man Speedway Triathlon!!! A really hot race… suffer quite a bit in the run, but still landed in a podium spot!

 

June

Heartland Triathlon: First time doing this race in Sebring, Florida! Olympic distance but definitely I wasn’t in shape for this one. Fun regardless!

 

 

July

Enjoying the World Cup with my family back home!

With my mom, aunt and cousin in my home planet!

August

Something FUN (and embarrassing!) the Ice Bucket Challenge!!! 

September

My “A” race of the season Ironman 70.3 Augusta!!! It didn’t went as planned (horrible race for me). The only good thing was the tons of laughs with my friends during the trip.

October

After the disappointing race in Augusta I felt I needed a redemption race. Enter Rocketman Triathlon in Cape Canaveral! After Sebi Kienle uberbiking skills in Kona, I went on an all out assault on the bike which landed me a 2nd place and a place in the 2015 USA Triathlon Nationals!!!

  

November

With the season over… the only thing left is to EAT!! Oh, yeah and my sister’s wedding!

 

December

Thanks to the performance in Rocketman Triathlon I got this email. It made my year complete.

 

 So that was my year in retrospective. Here's another cool recap video!.

 

 

 I have a good feeling about this year… there’s have been an awakening… have you felt it?

 

Ok, Okay, other than that… I feel 2015 is going to be a good year, plus is my 5 year anniversary of my adventures as a triathlete and this blog!!!

Better make it a big one!

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Love for Sponsors

The season is upon us and that means new changes

First of all I would like to thank all my new and old sponsors for being with me in this crazy journey. So first and foremost I want to talk a little about them and how they are helping me become a better athlete. 

My Teams (Yes, is crazy to explain but I have 2 teams.)


First is my local team Tri2One. I have been part of Tri2One for 4 years now. Lead by Marcelo Holceberg, he has put a great team of individuals from all different backgrounds. The best part is that there are athletes of all levels. From beginners just learning how to clip on a bike, to the Pro’s that wins every race. What I love about the team is that. The variety, when I started a while back, I was in the back of the pack… always dreaming of one day be as fast as my other teammates. Now, through lots of effort I have grown as an athlete and now I am in the top of the pack…, although I still need an extra push to become the leader of it ;) . That’s why, when I see a beginner, I see a little of myself… and I shine with excitement when they grow as athletes through effort and passion.

 

Now my International Team, Team MaccaX. Started like a year ago, this team is lead by non other than 4x World Champion Chris McCormack. Together with a group of experts and other legends of triathlon, has set up a Worldwide group of athletes of all levels and nationalities, that connect via social media, to discuss training, nutrition, and everything triathlon. Is a big resourceful group, you ask questions, and Chris or one of his experts will answer you in no time. The team is supported by top Chris sessions, that have lead him to be one of the most winning triathletes ever. Now with training camps exclusive to members in every continent led by Macca himself, what Chris McCormack and his team have done in a year is something to be reckoned with!

 

 

My sponsors


My first sponsor was Rudy Project. Great company, and great products from Italy, for all type of sports. I have 2 helmets and one pair of sunglasses. The sunglasses are great since they have Rx and I finally can see where I am riding or running without falling or tripping LOL. The helmets are great and really comfortable, and probably the fastest in the industry.

 

Alina M Photography has been there for me in the good and the bad. Alina specializes in wedding and lifestyle photography. I was very happy that she did some photos for my personal use, plus Alina and her team came with me to photojournal my trip to Kona. A good friend to have, plus she will always put a smile in your face! 

 

Seemeinthedark.com specializes in athletic wear with a twist. So what happens when you run early in the morning or at night? Is dark… right? Using the latest technology, seemeinthedark.com clothing let’s you be seen in those dark times of day, to be able to be seen by cars, motorcyclist, or others, so they are aware of you, while you are working out.

 

What can be said about GoPro. The camera that revolutionized how we see sports and everyday life. Each new camera they launch is better, smaller and more powerful than the previous one. I cannot wait for the new update!

 

Enduropacks is a great startup. They contacted me with this great idea for a recovery package . All the nutrition needs to sustain an athlete, delivered month by month, in a small no brainer package. Great people to work with and always keeping in touch with them. Their product sustains the nutrients needed to carry on all your active lifestyle. Vitamins, aminoacids, and glutamine to keep going!

 

Lifeproof  basically sells indestructible cases for your mobile devices or tablets. They are perfect if you carry an active lifestyle, or if you are a bit clumsy and destroys your valuable electronic devices. Plus a need feature is that they are waterproof! (not only that, but dirtproof, snowproof and shockproof… you get the idea, right?). Great for crazy triathlete like myself.

 

To sustain my long bike rides, runs and races… I rely on Gu Energy (Now, that sounded funny). Gu probably is one of the oldest fuels for athletes out there. They stared a revolution in fueling that many companies followed. In order not to bonk, or to have a little extra energy on those unforgiving workouts, I rely on Gu Energy Gels. My favorite is Roctane Island Nectars, how about yours?

I would like to thank all my sponsors, old and new, and let’s make this one a great year to come!!!

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