Night Before Miami International Triathlon

Twas the Night Before Miami
and all through the house,
The Cuban food aroma
was like love in a spice.

I’m staying with Ileana Rodriguez’s family in Miami (She’s the paralympic swimmer that broke the 200 breast American record by 36 seconds a couple months ago). They’re awesome, I haven’t stopped laughing the whole trip. I had a cold when I left Colorado, but it’s hard to feel sick when you’re around so many fun people.

Every night we get together for a family dinner, which has been my chance to learn Cuban culture, and her parent’s chance to practice English. Ileana’s mom is an amazing cook. She’s making Cuban food every night, which is basically rice with stuff on it. Not spicy, just flavorful. It’s perfect food before a race.

A race! I race Miami International Triathlon tomorrow morning! It’s gonna be a super fast course, with only a few risers over the causeway, and no turns without purpose. It’ll be interesting to see how bike superstars Andrew Yoder and Chris Lieto manage the bike portion. Those guys are super dialed in on their Treks and typically put a good amount of time on the rest of the folks. Then there’s the run, Chrabot and Docherty are the best runners in the field, and they’re not so shabby on the bike either. As for swimmers, Kyle Leto, Brian Fleischmann and Cam Dye are all here, so there’s no question that the swim will be red hot.

I can’t wait to mix it up with everyone tomorrow.

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Ben Collins Professional Triathlete

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