ESCAPE THE CAPE

Dated: May 31 2019

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This coming weekend is a rite of passage in my world – the world of triathlons and endurance events. On Sunday, I’m competing in an event known as “Escape the Cape.” It’s a highlight of racing in New Jersey and features some of the best aspects of our coast. This year is the seventh year of the Triathlon event, and it has attracted competitors from more than 40 States and a dozen countries.


It’s one of those events you do on minimal sleep as I have to be in Cape May in bike transition by about 4:30am which means leaving Barnegat around 3:00am. I then board a ferry that will take us a mile offshore. The event begins with a twelve foot jump into the Delaware Bay and then swim to shore for that fun mile. Depending on the current – meaning whether it is for me or against me, that swim can take from 30 – 60 minutes until I pull myself up on the sand.


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From there a short run on the beach to bike transition where swim gear comes off and bike gear goes on in a matter of a few minutes and then on to the second stage of the race – twenty-three miles on the bike. I can average 17-18 miles per hour on the bike so I aim to complete this part in under ninety minutes. I also use this time to hydrate and push in some nutrition that constitutes my breakfast.


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Coming off the bike, I return to transition and remove my helmet and rack my bike. I try to be out of transition in under a minute to head out for the third leg of the Triathlon – a five mile run. It takes a bit for my legs to adjust from pedaling to running, but if I can average an eight minute mile, I can complete this portion in under forty-five minutes. It’s a flat run through a residential community, and there are lots of people on their porches and in the streets cheering one on. It ends with a few stretches on the beach before I cross the finish line packed with a huge crowd.

My goal for Sunday is to finish the Escape the Cape Triathlon in under 3 hours and 10 minutes. If it sounds like a lot of work – it is…. but just think how hard I’ll work for you when it comes to buying, selling, or renting.


From Your “Running Realtor” Andrew Gonzales

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Andrew Gonzales

As a lifelong resident of Ocean County, New Jersey, Andrew Gonzales brings exceptional insight into local market trends, and full knowledge of ordinances, insurance requirements, and FEMA standards. A....

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