Race Report: Las Olas International Triathlon 2016

New England a bit chilly in March? Race in Florida!

Nathalie at Las Olas 2016

Nathalie‘s Race Report:

The Las Olas International Triathlon is my favorite course; I did it in March 2015 and loved it so much that I went again in March 2016.

I just flew to Fort Lauderdale for the weekend and I rented a bike from City Bikes instead of bringing my own, which was just fine. I stayed at a hotel on the beach, so that I could just bike to the transition area in a few minutes. Important when the first wave goes out at 7:25am and Starbucks does not open until 6am!

The ocean swim is 0.62 miles (1.0 km) and is really lovely, we walk along the beach to the starting point and swim back, so the current always helps us. Although it was rather windy and we had to aim well to get around the first buoy…

The bike is a bit short for an Olympic: 21 miles (34km), 2 loops, it is flat and fast, along the beach and then inland with views on cute residences and canals through a very scenic park.

The run is 2 straight in-and-out along the beach on the promenade for a total of 6.2 miles (10 km). Although the race is early, it already is a bit hot, but there are a lot of water stops and it is so beautiful!

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