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February 16th, 2012, 11:20 AM
Has anyone done the Miami swim (Nike Miami)? I would like to sign up for this ast my first 10K. I called the organizing company yesterday and they were very nice, but not very knowledgeable about the race. Any insights from anyone who has done it? The woman I talked to thought it was a 5 lap course but wasn't sure. Also, this would be my first 10K. Can you eat during it? I was thinking of bringing a gel or two, but without water to wash it down that might be kinda yucky. I don't know how that works on a long swim. I have a really fast metabolism, and after a couple hours of exercise I pretty really hungry and sluggish if I don't eat something. thanks for any advice.

Here is the event link: http://miamisportsinternational.com/

Rob Copeland
February 16th, 2012, 11:51 AM
I donít know specifics about this event. But, in general hydration is crucial in any race 7K or longer. And depending on the individual, nutrition (calories) becomes a factor around 8-12K.

Personally, I would not enter a 10K, unless they provide feeding stations or allow personal escort craft. Is see the course map for this race looks like there is a water/feed station near the start finish line, it would be in your best interest to find out feeding logistics.

It looks like an interesting event. I need to put it on my to do list.

February 16th, 2012, 12:26 PM
Sorry about my typing on that first message...I'm not used to this keyboard.

Thanks for the tip on the feeding station. I didn't know that sort of thing existed. The race company said outside vessels are not allowed on the course, only their lifeguards. My long-distance suit is more like a short/sleeveless tri suit, so I have a couple little pockets and I can stick some gels in them. That's worked on my 3-4 mile swims.

I also wonder if there is a spectator friendly place to watch. I know watching this sort of thing is not super exciting (esp me, i'm slow), but my family and boyfriend want to watch. I figure if there's a bar or restaurant on the water that would be more fun for them.

February 16th, 2012, 04:09 PM
I haven't done it, so I don't have much insight regarding feedings, but I can tell you that there are no restaurants or bars there on the water. There's a restaurant at the Miami Yacht Club, which is where the race starts, but my guess is that it's for club members only. The only other thing on that side of the island is Jungle Island, which might have views of the race from there, but they'd have to pay a $33 entry fee to get in.

One other thing I just thought of: I drove by there when I was home for the holidays, and most of Watson Island is torn up because of construction on the Port of Miami Tunnel (http://www.portofmiamitunnel.com/) project. So that could make things interesting too.

All of that said, I'm almost positive I'll be flying home for my mom's birthday a few days before the event and will likely be doing the 4K race (I'm not sure my shoulder can handle 10K at the moment).

I know my old age-group team sends a group to the race each year; I can email the coach and ask him for more details. If I learn anything, I'll let you know!

Chicken of the Sea
February 18th, 2012, 11:34 PM
I've done it twice, but not since 2008 and they've changed venue since then. It was a 4 loop course when I swam it. Very boring course so I assume the new venue is better. They had a drink stop set up on a small pier so you could have something on each lap. I'm a slow 10k so I put 2-3 gels down the side of my suit and just wash them down with water or gatorade at the stop. I assume they'll have somewhere to get a drink at the new race venue.

I'm really thinking about doing it again this year, though I vowed a while back never to do a 4 loop 10k before......

February 18th, 2012, 11:57 PM
I've done it twice, in 2010 and 2011. That shouldn't necessarily indicate I thought it was worth doing again after the first time. It was mostly an excuse to get out of the upper Midwest in early April and visit a friend who lives in the area.

My race reports are here (http://www.freshwaterswimmer.com/2010/04/race-report-nike-swim-miami-10k/) (2010) and here (http://www.freshwaterswimmer.com/2011/04/report-nsm11/) (2011).

Don't count on the organizers providing in-race hydration/nutrition. In 2010, there were volunteers offering tiny little paper cups of water & Gatorade (shot-glass size, like dentists provide after they brush your teeth). So you had to take like 10 of them to get enough liquids. In 2011, I learned my lesson and recruited a friend to hand me feeds at the dock. Good thing, because I don't even think they had volunteers & tiny paper cups, so people without a coach or friend were S.O.L.

Overall, I can't say I recommend it. But there's not much else going on OW-wise in April, so if you live nearby you might as well....

Chicken of the Sea
February 19th, 2012, 09:47 PM
it really is right at that time when one is desperate to get away from the Midwest. I'm searching for stuff around that time, but there really isn't much in the way of organized swims. The Miami race was very small when I did it and i do remember having to drink lots of little paper cups full of gatorade!!! I found a great hotel on South Beach that was a lot of fun. My seahorse tattoo is also from there....

February 20th, 2012, 12:21 PM
Thanks so much for the comments, and thanks for the race report links, evmo. You're fast.

It looks like this will work for me for a first-time event, especially since location and temperature and two of the biggest factors. Now to get training more. I'm worried about the cutoff time. In the pool my 5K is about 1:40, but in open water it's more like 2+ hours because I go crooked and take more time when sighting. I am pretty determined to make this happen, though.

February 20th, 2012, 12:48 PM
evmo - thanks for the links to your race reports.

both positives and negatives for this nike swim in miami.

seems like a very long and boring 10K swim - 6 laps worth.

posters had me for breakfast when I gave a thumbs-up for an out-and-back 10K at the pensacola - gulf breeze bridge.

March 7th, 2012, 09:45 PM
I did this race last year - it was my first 10k. It was really, really hot and I overheated pretty bad by the end. The race did not feel good, it definitely felt like my longest 10k to date, and every one since has seemed easier. I worked it pretty hard and I managed to get 1 or 2 mini cups of water from the volunteers, but I definitely should have hydrated more during the race. Navigation was pretty tough, I missed my last turn, and could not find the final buoy and finish at the end of the race - that cost me.

It was a fun experience though. I would do it again any day.