Tony Kanaan Miami 70.3 Role Model

19 11 2010

Investigative report by hate2run

Just in case you simply took us for complainers. Tony Kanaan in this video shows exactly what is wrong with WTC and how out of control the Miami 70.3 race went. Check out the video and then read our statements:

1) Kanaan was the poster child for Miami 70.3. The race directors even issued press releases for him (paying more attention than to the pros). They even feature his results on the official site: http://ironmanmiami.com/?p=1275

2) Not only did we see him drafting but he admits it in the video (1:47 in the video) “We rode together the whole way” and he is filmed doing so

3) “I am already 50 minutes quicker than my previous one” (1:20 in the video) Uhmmm either there is doping involved or his blatant cheating is responsible

4) Kanaan does not even know the distance for a 70.3 race (ok ok we will let this one fly and assume he got his kilometers mixed with miles or can’t convert) “2 mile swim, 52.1 miles cycling, 13.1 miles run”. We are not the smartest tools in the shed but our math tells us that is a 67.2 mile race

5) It must be nice to have someone help you change your tires during a race. Well according to Kanaan in an article published by WTC ““The other day I got a flat on my bike and I didn’t have six people there to change it for me,” Kanaan jokes. “In triathlons, it’s all you.”” I guess he did get lucky and have a crew for the race. http://y.ahoo.it/F1Ioc

WTC and Miami 70.3 organizers sent Tony Kanaan to the 70.3 World Championships in Clearwater. Maybe its just us but how do you beat your PR by 50 minutes when you have a flat tire that takes 13 minutes to change? Oh yeah by cheating. He was in the top 50 of the bike of 2:29.15. Hmmmmm come again?

Maybe the combination of cheating and racing a shorter course of 67.2 miles made all the difference.

His Miami 70.3 Results:
Swim: 44:54 T1: 3:05 Bike: 2:29:15 T2: 1:20 Run: 2:05:09 Total: 5:23:43 Rank: 401 Age Group: 70

His 70.3 Championship Results:
Swim: 37:28 T1: 3:22 Bike: 2:24:13 T2: 2:57 Run: 1:58:43 Total: 5:06:43 Rank: 1091 Age Group: 182

The only other race we could find for him – 2004 California 70.3:

Swim: 40:43 T1: 6:04 Bike: 2:45:12 T2: 4:42 Run: 2:19:35 Total: 5:56:13 Rank: 1061 Age Group: 115

By looking at the times above, can you tell us how he was only 5 minutes slower in Miami after a 13 minute delay because of the tire issue?

CHALLENGE:

Find the race in which Kanaan qualified for Clearwater and you get a free Hate2Run visor. My guess is you won’t find any other way except WTC giving him a free pass since this was his third race ever according to this article and the results for his three races are posted above: http://www.baynews9.com/article/news/2010/november/172621/IndyCar-drivers-take-on-Clearwaters-Ironman-triathlon

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Miami 70.3 Race Report – Bridge x 8

15 11 2010

Logo for Miami 70.3 raceFor this race you get TWO race reports. The quick and dirty by El Conquistador and if you have the time you must read the novel by El Shuffler. Regardless of how the race turned out it was awesome to get the boys together for a weekend and do a race in benefit for ALS. We apologize for the delay in posting the race reports and the lack of photos of the event.

The Quick and Dirty on Miami Ironman 70.3 2010

  • What better than an Ironman 70.3 race in our backyard? We had to sign up! Especially since it was in benefit of Blazeman Foundation
  • We got our friends come and race but did not realize our friends included 2,900 triathletes.
  • Not a word from the race director until race day (oh except when they signed a new sponsor – they had over 15).
  • The production company could not make up its mind and kept us in suspense changing the race course and having maps not match text descriptions.
  • Race morning chaos with bikes missing because of lack of bike racks, people being thrown off the pier to not miss the start line.
  • Swimmers went through the race course without knowing the direction as we were only gifted with four beautiful buoys in the dark.
  • Sharp turns on the bike course, unmarked holes and bumps. Tour de France peletons without an official in sight. Unmanned aid stations and of course no ramp on the sidewalk to go up to transition.
  • But the thing we remember the most is that beautiful bridge we had to go over eight times. As El Shuffler puts it “Hey Kids, Big Ben and the Parliament” every time we hit the top. Hygiene was unimportant as athletes were scooping their own water and Gatorade from tubs. Watch your every step so you do not trip.
  • If you wanted a specific finisher t-shirt size, we can assure you that they did not have it. Finish line chaos all around. One thing we can’t complain about is the abundance of food where the race director was spotted eating more than two times.
  • Better luck next time now that WTC is taking over this race. I guess we can’t complain since we got a free entry to a 70.3 next year. At least WTC admitted the mistakes. We wonder if 5150 MIT will experience the same fate.

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El Shuffler’s Race Report as a Novel:

This whole event started coming together almost a year ago when they announced that Miami would be hosting a half Ironman…WOO HOO a big race right in our backyard and in benefit of the Blazeman Foundation. The Phone lines and email were buzzing off the hook… El Conquistador and I wanted to host and get a bunch of the extended family down here to race…. calls went out to Team Duffy and the crew. Before we knew it, we had a nice group signed up and the race was sold out!

With the race still months away…. we could not wait to get together and expand the Hate2Run friends…The day and months flew by and training seemed to be going well with everyone (or so we were told). With a few weeks left we got an email from Team Duffy that the hate2run / hate ALS shirts were done (yes, our own group shirts to go with our visors). Team Duffy was also quick to remind El Conquistador and I that we only had a few weeks left to start our training with the race less than a month away.

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