Will I Finish?

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I’m very excited and a little nervous about this Sunday’s race. I will be participating in the Olympic distance Escape to Miami Triathlon.

Here’s what I’ll be doing…

Swim Course (1.5 KM/0.9 Miles)

Starts on Escape Island (from where your ferry will drop you off) and heads back to Miami in the open waters of Biscayne Bay north of the Venetian and MacArthur Causeways. Land ashore at Margaret Pace Park and head to the transition.

Bike Course (40 KM/24.8 Miles)

The bike course takes you over the bay on a straightaway into Miami Beach using the Julia Tuttle Causeway. The two lap course provides you with a challenge as you climb the causeway while remaining within view of Escape Island. This portion of the course requires participants to climb the causeway’s bridges eight times and will favor those riders who’ve integrated multiple short climbs into their cycling workouts, so train accordingly! The course also passes through Miami’s revamped Wynwood Design District and past some of Miami Beach’s well known mansions along Alton Road.

Run Course (10 KM/6.2 Miles)

The course takes you past the The Adrienne Arsht Center and Miami Herald buildings, two of Miami’s signature architectural landmarks. You then begin the climb over the MacArthur Causeway, running along cruise ship row and Hibiscus & Palm Islands. You’ll make your turn around at Star Island, home of Miami’s rich and famous. As you complete your run back over the bridge, you will have one last glimpse off to your right of where it all started, Escape Island.

Wish me luck!!

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Swim time!


It is time for me to get serious about swimming if I want to see any improvements in my triathlon. Because I am not an experienced swimmer and only began to swim last summer, I need to make an effort and dedicate more time to it. For me swimming is complicated. Technique is so complex that it is difficult to get everything right if you are not constantly practicing.

This week I will dedicate it to swimming. Practicing at least 6 days this week. I will go back to the master’s swim program where I started swimming last year. In the last couple months I have practiced on my own at the pool in the local gym. I figured it’s good to go back to class once in a while to get feedback on technique and some coaching. I have also scheduled a one hour private class with a triathlon coach to get individualized attention. Hopefully this week will help me understand how I need to improve and what areas I need to focus on in order to have a better stroke.

Never give up! No matter what you are doing or however difficult it may be, reach out and get help. Whether its researching online, talking to peers or getting professional help. At the end you will be so proud of your accomplishments. Believe me this swimming business is just as mental as it is physical for me. =)