A Triathlon on Miami Time

The first time I attended church in Miami the service started about ten minutes late. The pastor walked around the sanctuary letting those of us who were visitors know that things would be started soon, but they operated on Miami time.


Well, last week we completed our own version of a triathlon, and we were certainly competing on Miami time. First, this was not a competition. No registration fee or course to follow. We simply chose a water event, biking event and an event on foot in which to participate making it a nearly perfect day.


The very hot morning started on Biscayne Bay where we rented a Hobie Getaway and sailed for two hours in the waters where John first introduced me to sailing. We raced from the causeway past Vizcaya entertained by the brightly colored parachute pulling parasailing tourists across the bay and the fire department helicopter practicing rescues in the waters near the Seaquarium.

We left the water ready for the bike leg, but instead of jumping in the saddle in dripping wet bathing suits, we changed clothes and drove down Rickenbacker Causeway to Key Biscayne and mounted the bikes at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park.


We rode through the park along the bay toward the Cape Florida lighthouse photographing iguanas scurrying across the trail or posing on the rocks.


Instead of eating a meal designed for athletes, we stuffed ourselves with barbecue sandwiches, fries, slaw and tea…the diet of the laid back triathlete.


The third leg of the day took place in Coconut Grove after sunset. A relaxing stroll from our hotel to Cocowalk and vicinity eyeing lights, fountains, painted peacocks and walls entangled in banyan roots. Even though the pace was leisurely, we did cover a little more than two miles making it a worthwhile final triathlon leg.

I’m sure those who train for these events would be appalled, but looking for opportunities to spend time on the water, bike, and by foot to enjoy the outdoors is always a treat and challenge.


Cape Florida: A Piece of Old Florida

A trip to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park combines many of the best things about Florida.


First, the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County, the nearly 100 year old lighthouse on the cape overlooks Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic. Unfortunately, we arrived too late for one of the twice daily tours…a good excuse for a return visit.

The bike trail leads to the Lighthouse Cafe and Boater’s Grill, two restaurants offering authentic Cuban fare, as well as to picnic areas with pavilions and grills. Dream of boat camping in the bay.

Sit on the seawall and fish or watch the boats sailing in Biscayne Bay. You may even encounter an iguana or two.

Then head out to the beach. Swim. Rent a chair and umbrella to enjoy the perfect South Florida weather…can’t think of a better place to spend a December day. Warm and sunny.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park another of Florida’s jewels.