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Sarasota FIT Triathlon — May 4, 2014 at Benderson Park

Sarasota FIT Triathlon — May 4, 2014 at Benderson Park

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FIT Triathlon - May 4, 2014 in Sarasota, FL at Benderson Park

FIT Triathlon – May 4, 2014 in Sarasota, FL at Benderson Park

I will be out there vounteering at the Finish Line, so make sure to say Hello when you finish STRONG!!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where and when is packet pickup?
A: Packet pick up is on Saturday from 2:00-6:00 pm at race site.

Q: What time does transition open?
A: Transition will open at 5:00 am race morning and close at 6:45am so plan accordingly. Parking will be ON SITE beginning at 5:15 am.

Q: Can I pick up my race packet race morning?
A: Yes. starting at 5:00 am

Q: Will there be an aid station for the bike?
A: NO… Please bring your own hydration/nutrition for the bike. There is not a water station on the bike route, but there will be water stops on the run portion of the event.

Q: Can I use a mountain bike?
A: Sure! Party on…. Except there is no “fat tire” division so you’ll be racing against others who might have a more aerodynamic machine… but don’t worry you’re a much better runner so you’ll smoke ’em on the final run!!!!

Q: Can I wear my wetsuit?
A: Probably not. Race officials will make final determination on race morning but we’ve never had a wetsuit legal race…

Q: Can I pick up someone’s race packet for them at the Expo?
A: NO. You must pick up your own packet as you have to sign the waiver. No exceptions! All participants MUST have a Valid USAT ID… You can purchase a one day or annual membership at the Expo or on race morning… THIS INCLUDES ALL MEMBERS OF RELAYS!!!!!!

Q: Will I get a medal?
A: Depends…There is a very cool finisher’s medal for everyone who completes the International Triathlon (but not the Sprint Triathlon or Sprint Duathlon). This is in tradition with premier races throughout the country. And there are very cool awards for: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place age-group winners in both the International Triathlon and the Sprint Triathlon; 1st place overall relay winners; and of course, special recognition to the male and female overall winners for all three events.

Q: Will I get a T-shirt?
A: YES! (Guaranteed for the first 700 REGISTRANTS)

GATOR HALF TRIATHLON “florida’s fastest half” 2014 Results

GATOR HALF TRIATHLON “florida’s fastest half” 2014 Results

Ironman Logo - M-DOT

Ironman Logo – M-DOT

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The Perfect Workout For 40+: Triathlon Training

The Perfect Workout For 40+: Triathlon Training

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By Jenna Bergen

Research and writing by Lara Rosenbaum

There are plenty of things to love about getting older—you’ve learned to appreciate the little things (a purring cat on your lap, the first strawberry of summer, comfortable heels that go with everything), you’ve made peace with your faults (or at least most of them), and you can eat dessert before dinner and no one is going to say you can’t. But the wisdom of age also brings another inevitability: “Bodies change as we age,” says physiologist Tom Holland, C.S.C.S., author of The 12-Week Triathlete. Hormone levels change, and you naturally lose metabolism-revving muscle mass starting around age 30—about half a pound a year. As a result, metabolism slows, making weight gain easier. (Click Here <—=== For some nutrition products to help maintain healthy living)

One of the best ways to stay fit and injury-free in your 30s, 40s, and beyond is one many women have already discovered: triathlons—a race where you swim, bike, and run, one sport immediately following the other. Nearly 40% of triathletes are now women, and female participation has jumped 10% over the last decade, according to USA Triathlon. What’s more, the largest membership increase is within the 30 to 49 age groups, and the average triathlon participant is 38.

Why the buzz? “It’s essentially forced cross-training,” Holland explains.

Ready to follow Donovan’s lead? Here are a few things you need to know about triathlons before you get started:

* Make your first race a sprint triathlon. This is the shortest distance—usually a half-mile swim, 12-mile bike, and 3-mile run. Most beginners will finish the race in about 2 hours.
The average training plan for a sprint triathlon lasts about 6 to 8 weeks.

* You don’t have to invest in a ton of fancy equipment. You can ride any working bike—yes, even a mountain bike or beach cruiser. Many local bike shops will rent you a bike for a day.

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If triathlon was easy, they'd call it football!

If triathlon was easy, they’d call it football!

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2013 Siesta Key Triathlon Results

2013 Siesta Key Triathlon Results

If triathlon was easy, they'd call it football!

If triathlon was easy, they’d call it football!

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Gator Half & Olympic Triathlon 2013 results

Gator Half & Olympic Triathlon 2013 results

Gator Half Jersey

Gator Half Jersey

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HITS Ocala Olympic and Half Triathlon 2013 Results

HITS Ocala Olympic and Half Triathlon 2013 Results

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HITS Ocala Triathlon Series 2012 Results

HITS Ocala Triathlon Series 2012 Results

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Recap of the 2011 Siesta Key Triathlon – MultiRace Sprint/Olympic Distances

Recap of the 2011 Siesta Key Triathlon MultiRace Sprint/Olympic Distances

Getting called to a higher (Gear)...Power.

WARNINGThis article is full of swagger and lots of self-confidence. You’ve been fully warned.

This was not going to be just any little sprint race. Not this time. I learned my lesson the week before at the Englewood Triathlon. After finishing 7th out of 18 in my age group, and reviewing the splits and times, I realized that, had I taken the race more seriously and focused on performance and not solely improving my triathlon tan, then a Podium finish (top 3) was a real (albeit difficult) possibility.

So using that motivation in looking forward to the Siesta Key Triathlon, I was amped on a confident knowledge that I could perform better, but also stewing on the anxiety of knowing only I could actually apply the training I had been diligently completing and harnessing the lessons I had learned along the way. I replayed these scenarios through my mind as I drove down Midnight Pass Road with a small armada of vehicles following me to the Siesta parking lot or as I would have you believe… the location of the final battle scene!

Sarasota Storm!

Berster hard at work! Safety & Speed First!

4 Markers!! Ambidextrous Shenanigans!

I parked my truck, gathered all my triathlon gear, my Kestrel (Nikita) and made my way over to the transition area. Awaiting our arrival was the usually excitable Nicole Chapman and sometimes stoic Andrew Berster, respectively. They were already body marking at warp speed! The other Usual Suspects were there, always ready with a supportive boost, light jab or competitive barb, including Carl Knutsson, Sarah Senter, John LeTourneau, Ren Schrock among so many others… <Click Here to see pictures of those other people rocking it at the race!>

As we meandered down the soft silky sands of Siesta to the shoreline, an interesting dynamic was taking place. The Olympic distance competitors were starting on the South end of the main beach, while the Sprint and Duathlon racers were going to start near the North end of the main beach. I imagine this would create some overlap, but all in all, it seemed to work out pretty well. As we were entering the gulf to begin our sprint swim, some of the olympic swimmers were headed our way as well, but just like a school of fish in the open water, we all assimilated and continued towards our goal.

Deceiving waters of the Gulf await!

For me, the swim was solid, although it was congested to start with some beginners swimming all over the place, so I made an immediate decision to go wide and swim near the beach bouys and just keep a strong pace. 7:00 minute swim time was satisfactory for me and soon enough my feet felt sand and I was running towards the shore.

Pic by Nicole Chapman

Out of the water, up on the beach, and pacing ourselves to the transition area to gather our reliable and sexy steeds and begin the 13 to 26 mile trek down to Turtle Beach and back again, and for some…again! This was a fun portion of the race for me, as I felt great and basically stayed just right of the center lines, passing a slew of people. Lately my biking has gotten stronger and in doing so, it makes for a much more enjoyable race as passing people is obviously and logically more satisfying then being passed. At least for me, but in doing so, I didn’t realize that I was easily PR’ing my biking split time and mph by a couple of minutes, which for 13 miles is nothing to shake a stick at. I did hear some unnerving news about a few riders taking some spills and the course was packed with so many riders, vehicle traffic and a compacted course, but then again, I was going so damn fast, I didn’t feel any effects of that nature. (Embarrassed from lack of humility!) 33:03 = 22.5 mph/avg which for me is a PR and 12th overall on the bike = Yay for me!

After crushing the bike course, I dismounted and promptly switched shoes and made sure to leave my helmet next to my bike… (I’m looking at you Stephen Groth!) …and headed off to the sands of Siesta… Did I mention they are silky and soft, which makes laying out a wonderful thing to do… But running through it can be a little bit tedious and on most beaches, Siesta included, you tend to be running at about a 15% angle. (Thank goodness one leg is shorter then the other!)

Mr. Always passes me on the run, Kowalski!

So on the run, my buddy (aka – always catches and passes me on the run, Kowalski) shows up on my radar as I am doubling back from just making the turn at the halfway point of the 3.1 mile run and he is approximately 20-30 seconds behind me… catching up a little bit with each quick strike of his maddening pace! I made my deal with the running devil earlier and it was to run as far as I could without stopping, but eventually the lure of a couple cups of water at around the 2 mile mark was too much for my parched psyche and so I relinquished and quenched my thirst with one cup and drenched my large steaming noggin with the other! This was just the opening that Mr. Kowalski needed and sure enough, with about 1 mile left, he graciously passed on my left and begin his normal and methodical pull away…

But not today… Today I was not going to let him beat me badly on the run. I quickened my pace, just focusing on the ground in front of me and trying not too look up, or at my watch or at anything other then the back of Mark’s shoes as I kept about 4 feet between us. It was a thing of beauty, in that watching a fighter who battles all fight, only to get knocked down near the end of the fight and continually struggles to beat the 8 count, but repeatedly gets up… again and again. Just like that. Ok, maybe thats a little too much Rocky versus The Russian, but I digress.

As we headed up the grassy path to the picnic/transition/finish line area, Mark had opened a wider gap and although my lungs were burning and my legs packed full of Lactic acid, there was a moment, where it all just went away and I fought to find that final gear… It finally kicked in and with all the dignity and vinegar I could muster, I crossed that finish line 0:00:00:56 behind Mark Kowalski and he helped me finish 27th overall out of 280 sprint racers. Not world record stuff, but a step in the right direction.

Podium!!!

After I got some water, watermelon, a turkey sandwich and an apple crumb muffin dropped from the heavens, I headed over the to the MultiRace camper where they had flatscreen TV’s affixed to one side which posted automatic times from the race. It showed I was in 2nd place in my group, which meant if the times held, I would grab my first Podium and actual award Hardware, ever!?! I was psyched. Please let the times hold. It took me a few minutes to realize that logically, everyone finishing behind me would be slower and when reality finally took hold, a nice contentment took over. I was gonna savor this moment for all it was worth.

After taking the podium, having such great support from friends and other triathletes, I get it. I understand why we do it. For me, it was and will always be ok to finish in the middle of the pack, enjoying the race, the scenery and the camaraderie. But I get it. It felt great to stand on that podium and smile for the camera phones and to proudly hold the award up.

Apparently now, I have to do it again.

Yikes!

Some shots of other podium winners!

Just Do-ing It.

Nautica South Beach 2011 Triathlon Results

Nautica South Beach 2011 Triathlon Results

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Miami Man Triathlon Results (Updated with new link)

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Miami Man Triathlon Results & Photos

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