|Getting ready to line up|
Due to recent flooding the transition area had to be moved and this made the run 1.82 miles instead of 1.5, however the bike was still pretty much 10 miles.
|Waiting for it to start, it was FREEZING (and yes,|
those would be sock monkey's on my socks)
I have to give props to my husband because we spent about an hour on Saturday practicing transitions in front of my house. He would time me and give me suggestions on what to do. At one point one of our neighbors came over, he bikes, and he helped give me pointers too. This also allowed me to get some sort of familiarity and comfort level with the transitions.
|And we're off! I love the arch in the background|
I wasn’t too happy to know that I was pushed up an age group level as they went by what your age would be at the end of the year and not on race day. I had to hope that most of those in my new age group would be older and less experienced (somehow) than I was. haha!
I was able to get my transition area set up and we walked to the start. Husband and my Mom switched camera’s as my camera is a dslr and kinda bulky and my Mom had brought her small one. Husband, even though he doesn’t run, was super supportive and said he would see me off at the start and then run to the transition area to give me support there. He wouldn’t be allowed inside but could spectate from afar.
|1st transition.I'm behind the runner|
Imagine my surprise when my watch beeps at the first mile marker and I glance down and see a 6 as the first number. Yup. I not only did my first mile in under 8 minutes, I did it in under 7! My first mile was 6:50. This was a mile PR (personal record) for me! I couldn’t believe it! I knew I was going fast but not that fast!
Then came the transition. Here I messed up on a couple of things. First, instead of hitting the lap button on my watch to mark the transition, I hit stop and didn’t realize it. So instead of recording the time for my transition it was just paused. Even though I had practicing taking off my running shoes and slipping on my bike shoes, I had issues with one shoe. This wasted some time. I then had issues with my helmet. I have no idea how or why. I couldn’t get it strapped on and had to take it off and mess with the straps and put it back on. Finally, though, I was on my way!
|yup - he got chicked|
Having never raced on a bike before, here was my plan going in to the race. I would start out at a pace I thought was good for me. If I’m constantly being passed, I know I need to give it a bit more. If I’m passing others, I know I need to slow down. As it happens, there weren’t really any groups of bikers. Most people were on their own, either passing or being passed. Those who passed me were FLYING and there was no chance of me catching them. I didn’t pass too many on the first loop but on the second loop I did. I think this was as more bikers joined the course. The bike course, I was told was mostly flat. Well..kinda true. We had to maneuver up some hills to get to a road and then it was an out and back, which we repeated twice. This main road had a small incline, so when going one direction you were going up a bit and the other direction going down. Because this is just how things work for me, the headwind was when you had the slight up hill. Yeah. Fun!
Towards the end I had two girls pass me but I kept up with them and we finished going towards the transition together. I was a bit annoyed as on the straights I would start to pass them, then we would get to a turn and they would slow way down and move so they were in my way and I had to slow down. I think this caused me some seconds arriving at the transition zone because I had to slow way down and got stuck behind them getting off the bikes. However I ran to my spot, threw off my helmet, gloves and shoes, slipped on my running shoes and away I went!
|Husband hugging me right after I finished|
At first I was feeling very good about my race. I knew I gave it my all on the run and the bike. Then I got the results. I missed placing 3rd in my age group by 4 seconds! This bothered me for several days. I walked around being weird about this race. Knowing I had no reason to be disappointed, but being disappointed all the same. I didn’t hit my time goal, I came in at 1:03:05. I missed placing by 4 seconds. I kept going back over the race, finding places where I could have made up those 4 seconds.
|All done! R doesn't seem to care does she? ha!|
1) This was my first time racing on my bike
2) This was my first time with transitions
3) This was my first time doing a duathlon
4) I PR’d my first mile. I did under 7 min miles for the first run, so much better than expected. I hit my goal for my second run.
5) The run was longer than anticipated, yet the bike course was still the same miles. So it’s ok it took me longer than hoped for to finish the race
6) This was my first outdoor mutli-sport race, remember #’s 1-3, and I missed placing in my age group by ONLY 4 seconds.
My official results:
Finish time: 1:03:05, 73/286 overall, 15/138 female, 4/21 age group
To give you an idea of how close the top 4 in my age group were, here are the finish times: 1:02:53, 1:02:58, 1:03:01, 1:03:05. Crazy! The first person in my age group only beat me by 12 seconds!
I’ve decided that I really enjoyed doing this race. I loved doing the two sports. Both sports were a challenge and doing two in the same race gave it an excitement that I don’t get from just running (even though I do LOVE the running races). Husband has already said that it will be fun to see what I can do the bike portion in next year after I’ve had a year of training with it. Looks like I have to come back and do this one again and go after a PR.