Sunday~ Well today was the day! My first duathlon of the season! I usually only do 1 a year so this was a big deal to get in hopefully 2 this year! By big deal, I mean I just like to compete.
So anyhow– it was finally warm! Even at 6 am! My race day wardrobe was hanging in limbo because Michigan is known for how fast the forecast changes. I brought a long sleeve, windbreaker, hat, vest and gloves. I am very happy that I was able to wear capris and a tee-shirt!
I was honestly not sure how to approach this race. I went into it pretty much knowing I would not be competitive at it. I went out the night before and was in bed after midnight. This is typical of me.. well not the going out part, but the staying up late part is. I was at a
pub crawl fundraiser though. I also had more water than alcohol…so that’s a plus. The bike I used was also an issue. The awesome bike was borrowed and unfamiliar to me. That’s ok. It only took me about 6 miles during the bike part to figure it out! 😉
On to the actual race! It started at 10 am which was actually nice. The only thing is there was a discrepancy on when packet pick up started… the email I received 3 times started a 7 am pick up time. So I was up and 5: 30 am ( yep), and at the site at 7:15 ready for my packet. Well, too bad it really started at 8am..no exceptions. Annoying to say the least. That could have been an extra 60 minutes of sleep. I think I could have won the whole duathlon with that extra hour!!! Not really, but I do enjoy my sleep. This was a very small race..less than 100 people possibly. The gun went off at 10 am sharp.
I pulled a 7:47 first mile. Big mistake. Oh well! It was here that I was certain this race would indeed be a fun one for me. I decided that I was not going to go all out. Mainly I did not want to suffer and vocal cord fiasco’s. please, not today. i wanted to enjoy the weather, the people and my kids on the sidelines! Miles 2 and 3 were 8:30 and 8:48 respectively. ON to the bike now. My transition was soooo sloooow. 1:25. Seriously?!?
As I stated before I was not familiar with the gears on this bike. It took me a bit to get the hang of it and by that time the wind was in full force! My new goal was to at least get 4 minute miles. before I would have liked it to be at least 3:00 -3:15 or better! I did pretty good with this very conservative goal. I won’t give the mile play by-play here, but if you want to see for yourself – go ahead! ( CLICK!) This would be considered a fast course. Ha! There were some hill climbs that were challenging, but the wind did me in. Also the wind and hill mix? Not a big fan. After the bike was finally over I got to run another 5k! mile 1 – 8:24 ( somehow! I actually felt better than I thought..probably because I was slower on the bike??) Mile 2- (8:58) I walked though 2 aid stations sipping my water. 🙂 I was thirsty! Mile 3- ( 8:31). I passed a woman in my age group and beat her by .02 of a second ( sorry lady). I did that last year too and got first in my age group. I got 4th at this race! I was close to get the 3rd place too, but I did not kick it in until it was too late.
I was 66 place of out of 96 racers and 18 place out of 36 women. I made the cut off..whew! I am happy with being in the middle of the pack! Dead middle. Funny.
I am happy with how this race turned out. With no specific training under my belt I think I did quite well! The medal was cool and the t-shirt is soft! Score! I noticed that I smiled in just about all of the pictures of myself. That has NEVER happened. For real. That is all the proof that I need that I was having fun!
Thanks to Andi and Trevor for watching the kids and for the great pictures.
Congrats to Andi for performing like a rock star in her very first duathlon! 5th woman overall and 1st in her age group! Rock n’ Roll! 😉