Well, as much as I would love to have pictures for this race report, they will have to wait, since I still cannot get the picture from my new camera to my computer. I have a fix, but it probably won't be delivered until the end of the week. I guess I will just have to update you with the pictures then.
Anyways, I raced today. The first real race of the season (for some reason 5Ks don't count in my mind...I mean, it's hardly even a workout if it's under half an hour!;) ) is in the books. Before I get all analytical, I'll just give you the cold, hard numbers:
Du the Lakes: 3 mile run/20 mile bike/3 mile run
Total: 2:02:54 58/104 overall, 13/42 women, 3rd in AG F35-39 (actually 4th but the 1st overall female was from my AG)
29 min. 9:40 pace 86/104 overall, 30/42 women, 5/8 F35-39
44 sec. 20/104 overall, 8/42 women, 2/8 F35-39
1:04:54 18.8 mi/hr 38/104 overall, 8/42 women, 2/8 F35-39
34 sec. 19/104 overall, 8/42 women, 2/8 F35-39
27:42 9:14 pace 62/104 overall, 20/42 women, 4/8 F35-39
My plan from Mary was to go easy on the first run, go hard on the bike, and push as hard as I could but maintain pace on the second run.
Well, 2 out of 3 ain't bad, I guess.
This was my first duathlon, but I felt pretty confident going in. I was in the second start wave, and started a ways behind the start line even though there weren't that many people. It was kind of disorganized, and when they said go a lot of the people I was standing around didn't go...apparently they were in the next wave. I settled into a nice pace and watched people pass me. But I was okay with that, because that was the plan!! I didn't do any warm-up besides jumping up and down a little bit, so I didn't really feel warmed up until about the middle of the third mile.
Came into transition and made quick work of the change and was on the bike in no time. I felt really strong on the bike and passed quite a few people right off the bat. After that I slowly picked off riders one by one. I was only passed by a few of the faster men in the wave behind mine. I was passed by one woman, but I'm almost positive she was in a relay team. There were two huge hills at the end of the course, and I was in granny gear all the way. I still felt strong though, even though I was hurting a bit. Finished strong on a fun downhill to transition.
Another quick change, and I was off on the second run. Coach Mary told me to push hard and then try to keep the pace within 5 seconds of the first mile. Uh, yeah, that did not happen. My first mile was 8:44 and it hurt. I was running at the top of my HR and my breathing was very labored. The next mile began on a hill. I pushed up the hill, but slowed way down. Mile 2 was 9:21...definitely not in the plan. Once I hit the second mile marker, my spirits lifted and I started to push a bit more. According to my Garmin the course was a bit long, so my third mile was 9 minutes even with an additional .08 mile in 37 seconds.
Came across the finish, and was super excited to see Kel and the boys. I wasn't sure if they were coming or not because the weather was iffy. I grabbed my fleece and my bottle of First Endurance Ultragen recovery drink, cappuccino flavor, of course, which I was super glad I brought because all they had there was water and soda.
Obviously I'm pleased with a 3rd place in my age group, but I am a bit disappointed that I didn't push harder on the second run. It really hurt, and after the race I pretty much declared that I would be totally happy never running short course races again. I'm just not sure if I have a fast bone or muscle in my body!! Is it that I just don't know how to push hard on the run, or that I really just can't run fast to save my life??
Well, I guess I would be okay not knowing the answer to that question.
Overall, the race, which is in its first year, was well done. There were a few little things that would have made it better like women's t-shirts or at least enough small shirts for the women (I requested a small and got a medium because there were no more), better food at the end, and more volunteers directing racers on the course. I loved the low-key, relaxed feel of this race though, and would definitely do it again if I could figure out how to run faster!!
Hopefully, I'll have some pics by the end of the week. I won a visor for my 3rd place AG finish. Also, a big congrats to Mike, my Train-This teammate, who came in 2nd overall, and his wife, Jen, who came in first in her age group, which happened to also be my age group!!