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Miami 70.3 Expo

by Meghann on October 27, 2012

Ready or not, here goes nothing! :)

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Derek and I made it to Miami this afternoon a little after 1:00pm. We met up with my family and headed right to the race expo to check-in and drop off our bikes.

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The expo was outside and packed. Coming from Augusta, I was surprised how many booths there were or how many people were in attendance. This is definitely a bigger race and you could feel the pre-race excitement in the air as you walked around.

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Group shot!

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Our friend Amber will be completing Miami tomorrow as her first 70.3! She’s been training her little heart out and I know she’s going to be great. :)

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Registration was quick and efficient. We got our number at one station, picked up our waivers at another, handed them off to another station, and finally picked up our chip, bib, and cap at the last.

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I was a little nervous when I saw the yellow shirts from the far side of the room, but as we moved closer – and got a good look at them – I thought they were cute. The yellow is actually really nice and the fit is a perfect women’s cut (not boxy, not too tight/big – just right).

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We stopped to study the course for a bit. From what I’ve read, my top concerns should be: the current during the swim (I was told to add at least 10 minutes to my predicted time because of the rough current), the wind during the bike (we’ll be facing 15 mph gusts on the bike – ugh), and the bridges on the run (bridges = Florida hills). eekkk. And while those should be my concerns, I’m also excited to be swimming in the gorgeous ocean, riding my bike through the heart of Miami (should be a nice change up from the trails I’m used to), and the opportunity to see my support crew multiple times through the run.

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I’m also very excited to be one of the first groups in the water. That means I’ll have a 1.5 hr lead on all of the cut-off times just in case something goes wrong.

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I was starving at this point and needed lunch. A cute food truck had set-up shop just outside the expo and was calling my name.

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I ordered the bison burger with swiss cheese and sweet potato fries. It was good, but I ate the burger way too fast and got a tummy ache.

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After lunch we took our bikes to transition.

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I have an awesome spot in the first row, it should be easy to locate when everything feels turned around during transitions.

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I’m also right next to Kelly and 20 spots from Amber.

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We decided to sneak a peek at the swim course.

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While we were there, we saw a handful of dolphins playing in the water. I hope they stick around and decide to come back to play tomorrow!

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We headed back to the hotel and spent the afternoon relaxing by the pool and watching the Georgia Bulldogs kick some serious Gator tail! We kept dinner low-key by eating at the restaurant in the hotel.

I stuffed my face with bread

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And pizza.

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My favorite pre-race tradition. :)

The nerves have definitely kicked in. My bike is in transition and my gear has been prepped, now all I need to do is wake up and race!

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You can follow us tomorrow on ironmanmiami.com search for bib #275!

Good night!

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1 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 27, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Good luck tomorrow! :)
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2 Elisabeth October 27, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Good Luck to all of you! Amber is looking very fit :)

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3 Brittany @Berries and Barbells October 27, 2012 at 10:35 pm

This post has me totally pumped up! I feel like I’m going to be racing tomorrow. :) Good luck. I can’t wait to hear all about it.
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4 Jean October 27, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Wow, triathlons are complicated – waivers? Terrifying water currents? So much to worry about! Good luck out there.
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5 Sarah October 27, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Good luck Meghann! :) I’m in Orlando and I wish I could watch you race in person but I know you’ll be great!! <3
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6 Michelle October 27, 2012 at 11:28 pm

Good luck to all of you!!! Kick some ass — and remember you are always stronger than you think :)
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7 Annette @FitnessPerks October 28, 2012 at 12:06 am

YAY!! Good luck, girl!!!
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8 Chuck October 28, 2012 at 1:17 am

Good luck Meghann!
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9 cathy@1970kikiproject October 28, 2012 at 6:08 am

sending positive vibes to you all! looking forward to the post-race report!!
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10 Karen @ Runner Girl Eats October 28, 2012 at 6:29 am

GOOD LUCK! Weather is gorgeous down there this weekend, perfect for a race!
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11 Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale October 28, 2012 at 7:07 am

Good luck to all four of you, Meghann!! From the time it is here, you should be heading out soon!!! Already thinking fast and fun thoughts for you!! :D
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12 Lindsay @ Running the Windy City October 28, 2012 at 8:35 am

GOOD LUCK!! You’ll do great :-D
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13 Amy October 28, 2012 at 9:30 am

Good luck and have lots of fun.

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14 Natalie @ Free Range Human October 28, 2012 at 9:56 am

Good luck today!!

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15 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 28, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Good luck and have fun!!
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16 lisa fine October 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Woohoo! Hope the race went well. Looking forward to your recap, and to hear how the weather fared.
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17 Courtney October 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm

You are going to do AWESOME! GO GIRL!!!!!
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18 Sloane @ Life Food and Beer October 28, 2012 at 5:54 pm

That game was horrible, but as a GA fan, I was so happy they won!! Hope you did great at the race!!
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19 Meghan October 28, 2012 at 6:32 pm

That pizza looks amazing! And so does that Florida sky! Good luck!
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20 Lindsey October 28, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Where did Kelly get that cute yellow cross body??!

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21 Kelly October 28, 2012 at 10:06 pm

It’s from Target! Meghann has the same bag in red I believe. :)

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22 Erin October 28, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Good luck! And I love the pre-race tradition. Traditions pre & post race always cap it off nicely
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OMG SOOO FUNNY.

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