Above: Bike Diva during the 4 mile run of the Miami Beach Classic duathlon.
Miami Beach Classic Race Distances
The Miami Beach Classic, which was hosted by Multirace.com, could be done as either a triathlon or duathlon. I participated in the duathlon. The race started and ended at Lummus Park on South Beach. The bike portion of the race entailed 2 laps on MacArthur Causeway. The causeway has two medium sized bridges, 2 loops meant we had to do a total of 8 bridge crossing. I swear the bridges got bigger towards the end of the bike leg, or I was just getting really tired!
Above: Bike Diva about to do a 180 degree u-turn during the bike leg of the race. That’s a USAT race official behind me!
- .5 mile swim
- 18 mile bike
- 4 mile run
- 1 mile run
- 18 mile bike
- 4 mile run
Above: Bike Diva racing in South Beach. Urban biking at it’s best, lots of pot holes, etc.. made for some interesting riding conditions.
Surreal Race Venue
The race started and ended at Lummus Park in Miami Beach. That’s the art deco district of South Beach for you cool cats. I live in Delray Beach and car pooled with my friend Charlie Lockerson from Jupiter. He also raced in the duathlon and won first place in his age group – YEAH Chu Chu!!!! We got to South Beach at dark thirty, that is around 5:25 AM – just as the bars were shutting down for the night. Pretty weird seeing all the hoochie mamas and party boys in their fancy pants outfits with full hair, makeup, high heels, etc…
I circled A1A along the beach two times looking for a spot to park near the park, I didn’t want to go to one of the parking garages. I finally saw someone leaving, late night partier? and realized there was no way I could parallel park the mini van. So we did a Chinese fire drill and Charlie and I switched places so he could park the van for me. Fun times.
During the run portion of the race we got to pass quite a few homeless bums, or hobos, as my daughter likes to call them. You could smell some of them before you could see them. Pretty sad, some of them were camped out on their own bench, surrounded by all of their earthly possessions and talking to themselves. Others were more coherent and thought they were watching a marathon race. I shouted out “it’s a triathlon race” figuring they wouldn’t have a clue what a duathlon is. Triathlon is a pretty expensive sport to participate in, kind of weird having the race in a park that is home to many homeless people that probably don’t have enough $$ for a cup of coffee.
Above: Ride – Bike Diva – Ride! Lots of turns during the bike leg made staying in the aerobars a bit challenging at times.
Bike Diva Race Results
My first run time was great; 8:04. That was a new 1 mile PR for me. Both transition times were under 1 minute; again, happy with that. Bike time not so great, 17.72 MPH average. Those 8 bridge crossings tired me out. My second run time was horrible; 11:00 pace. Dang, I wish I could run after getting off the bike.
Above: Bike Diva’s finishers medal and 5th place award plaque for the Miami Beach Classic Duathlon.
Part of my problem is poor nutrition. I’m burning all my fuel during the bike portion of the race and have nothing left for the second run. I did a gel pack about 25 minutes before the start of the race, but I should have done a second gel pack during the second bike loop. My friend Charlie used this method of fueling as part of his race strategy and had a terrific race.
- Run 1 – 8:04 = 8:04 pace
- Transition 1 – 57 seconds
- Bike – 58:55 = 17.72 MPH average
- Transition 2 – 56 seconds
- Run 2 – 44:02 = 11:00 pace
- Total Time – 1:52:54
- 52 out of 77 overall
- 18 out of 33 female
- 5 out of 6 age group