- Sunday, June 21 - trilogy #1
- Sunday, July 19 - trilogy #2
- Sunday, August 16 - trilogy #3
- Sunday, September 20 - bonus round
Mack Cycle is the title sponsor for the 4 Key Biscayne multisport races. There are three races, plus a bonus round, for a total of 4 races. The event can be done as either a sprint triathlon or a sprint duathlon.
My husband and I did the duathlon option on June 21. It was my 4th duathlon of the 2009 race season, and my husband's very first duathlon. He got 5th place Clydesdale Men and I got 3rd place Female Masters. That means I was 3rd fastest of all the girls over 40 years old - WOOT!
The duathlon option was a 1 mile run in Crandon Park, followed by a 10 mile bike which went up and over Rickenbacker Causeway, followed by a 3.1 mile run back in Crandon Park.
ABOVE: Rickenbacker Causeway Bridge
William Powell Bridge
The steep bridge, going across Rickenbacker Causeway, is actually called the William Powell Bridge. But locals call it the Rickenbacker Causeway Bridge, or simply Rickenbacker Bridge.
I want to know which of my triathlete friends said RC bridge wasn't as steep as Blue Heron Bridge. They lied! RC bridge, was much longer and just as steep as Blue Heron Bridge. And we had to go up and over it twice, thought I was going to freaking die.
Yes, we did just get back from doing the 100 mile bike ride around Lake Tahoe on June 7, but that was lots of long, gradual climbs. Not sure if I'm cut out for these short distance rides, need to retrain myself to become a sprinter, both on the bike and while running.
The number one tip for athletes is to never try new gear right before a big event or race. My husband and I must be hard of hearing, because we both had new gear on our bikes, right in time for the race. Our bikes didn't get back from the Tahoe century ride until June 15. Although the humans got to return to Florida via airplane, the bikes took a slow truck ride back home. I picked our bikes up from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and took them straight to Bike America in Boynton Beach.
Rob's new full carbon Cannondale System 6 road bike frame came in while we were in Tahoe. So his bike got totally switched out from the old frame to the new frame. My bike was having problems with the bottom bracket before I left for Tahoe. Bike America ordered a new bottom bracket for me, which they said would arrive by the time I got back to Florida. This is the second time Trek has had to send me a new bottom bracket, glad the bike is covered under warranty.
While I was out in Tahoe, my front shifter broke 1 1/2 miles into the 100 mile bike ride. So Bike America had Trek send me out a new shifter, again covered under warranty. And just to make things interesting, I put a brand new pair of Time RXS carbon titan road bike pedals on the bike when I picked it up on Saturday. Yup, our bikes weren't ready to be picked up until Saturday afternoon, the day before our race. My new pedals were a bit different from my old ones. Had a heck of a time getting my left foot clipped in on the bike portion of the race - finally got it clipped in about 1 mile into the 10 mile bike portion - DANG!
Once the pictures for the race become available online, I'll get a couple of them uploaded to the Run Diva site. So far I've found two photos of my husband and I crossing the finish line.
Lynn Smythe AKA the Run Diva