Redemption is mine!
I raced in this duathlon last year and had a great race, but I quickly found out that duathlons and triathlons have a lot of rules and I got a few penalties. So this year I wanted to make it through the race without any penalties!
After setting up my transition area I got in my corral and waited for what seemed like forever for the race to start. I really need to work on looking excited before races. I am usually full of nerves and just kind of stand there with a stupid look on my face.
Run 1: 2 miles, 15:12, 7:35 pace
The run portions take place on West River Drive and are just a simple out and back. I ran without my Garmin or watch so I had no idea what pace I was holding throughout the entire race. My legs were really tired going in to this race, but since this run is only 2 miles I tried to keep a hard pace. When I checked the splits later I was pleasantly surprised to see I ran this fast! Makes me wonder what I could have done with fresh legs.
Bike: 15.5 miles, 56:35, 16.4 pace
Ugh, I am disappointed in my ride pace. I’ve been trying to ride my bike atleast twice a week but I am still so slow. I know I need to put more work into the bike, but I guess I just expected to be faster. But I had a great time during the ride. And I am starting to feel very in control of my bike and not as scared of it. Eric had the great idea for me to use my mountain bike shoes because I can run in them easier than my road shoes. That small difference really helped while running through the transition area.
Run 2: 3.1 miles, 25:47, 8:06 pace
I was really tired by this point! Luckily the jelly feeling in my legs quickly went away as soon as I got on the road. Like I mentioned above, I had no idea my pace, but I felt so slow on the run. I really just wanted to keep a consistent pace, but I felt like I was barely moving. So checking my splits later was a great confidence boost especially after my slow bike pace. It’s nice to see all the effort I have put into getting faster is actually working (oh heyyy, maybe I should do that on the bike too!).