Race a Triathlon or Duathlon on Key Biscayne
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. Last year, I posted some information on the 2009 Mack Cycle Trilogy, including a photo of William Powell bridge, on my Run Diva blog: Mack Cycle Key Biscayne Triathlon Trilogy.
Above: Where's the Bike Diva? This is the duathlon start of the Mack Cycle Trilogy #1. I'm in the middle of the picture, behind the guy in the red/white shirt.
Mack Cycle Trilogy Race Distances
- 1/4 mile swim
- 10 mile bike
- 3.1 mile run
- 1 mile run
- 10 mile bike
- 3.1 mile run
Above: Bike Diva checking her run computer as she crosses the finish line.
Mack Cycle Trilogy #1
On Sunday, June 20, I raced in the 2010 Mack Cycle Trilogy #1. The race could be done as either a sprint triathlon, or a sprint duathlon. I participated in the duathlon. Although this was the 6th time I've raced on Key Biscayne, this was the first time I actually used my Cervelo P2C triathlon bike. William Powell bridge is a bit intimidating, and I've always been too chicken to attempt it on my triathlon bike. I just got my tri bike last October, so I am still not that confident riding it, especially when going up/down bridges.
Bike Diva Gets a Penalty
I finally bit the bullet and brought my tri bike to this race. I actually liked going up the bridge on the tri bike, while riding the aerobars. But I got a bit freaked out coming down the bridge. Don't know why going downhill, and fast on the tri bike scares me, but I ended up doing the Tokyo drift coming off the bridge and went way too far left. Yup, right in front of an USA Triathlon race official, got a 2 minute penalty for illegal position.
There weren't any other riders near me at the time, otherwise it would have been a blocking penalty. But you are still supposed to ride to the right, except when passing. My fault, I totally deserved the penalty. Bummer, before adding the penalty, it was a new PR for the Key Biscayne duathlon course. Still managed to get first place in my age group, even with the penalty.
Bike Diva's Race Results
Of the 11 girls that were faster than me in the overall results, my bike split was faster than all but 3 of them. I totally can get faster on the bike, because I was using my brakes coming off the bridge. Riding down bridges should be free speed - no brakes allowed - have to work on my confidence coming off bridges! And my run times are getting a little bit better, although I'm still a really slow runner. I've started working with a personal trainer, two times per week, to help me lose weight and strengthen my core and upper body - all of which are resulting in a tiny improvement in my run times.
- Run 1 - 8:42
- Transition 1 - 1:04
- Bike - 33:20
- Transition 2 - 1:09
- Run 2 - 33:32
- Penalty - 2:00
- Total time - 1:19:47
Above: Bike Diva working her way up William Powell bridge. Yes, photographic proof that I can ride up a bridge while in the aerobars of my tri bike.
Other Duathlon Race Reports
Here are a few links to some other duathlon race reports I've posted to my Bike Diva and Run Diva blogs.
- Run Diva Competes in First Olympic Distance Duathlon
- Run Diva Races Egg Hunt Duathlon
- 2009 Race the Troops Duathlon
- Anatomy of a Duathlon and Triathlon
- Bike Diva Races Singer Island Duathlon
Above: Bike Diva during 2nd run portion of duathlon, through scenic Crandon Park on Key Biscayne.
2010 Mack Cycle Trilogy Dates
- Trilogy #1 - Sunday, June 20
- Trilogy #2 - Sunday, July 18
- Trilogy #3 - Sunday, August 15
- Trilogy Bonus Round - Sunday, September 19
Mack Cycle Trilogy Race Location
The races take place at Crandon Park on Key Biscayne. The triathlon swim takes place in Biscayne Bay, about 1/4 mile from the race transition area. The bike portion of the race leaves the park, and travels along Rickenbacker Causeway, goes up and over William Powell bridge, does a 180 degree turn at the bottom of the bridge and travels back to the park. The run portion of the race takes place inside Crandon Park.
- Crandon Park
- Lot 3-4
- 4000 Crandon Blvd.
- Key Biscayne, FL 33149
- Mack Cycle and Fitness
- 5995 Sunset Drive
- Miami, FL 33143
Multirace.com website: http://www.multirace.com
Mack Cycle Key Biscayne Trilogy website: http://www.trilogytri.com/
Multirace Facebook page: Multirace