SheRox Duathlon

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!

The race started early at 7am, luckily we are only a few miles so I was able to ride my bike to the start.

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!).

We hung around after the race for a while because you can’t take your bike out of the transition area for a while.

One of Eric’s teammates did the triathlon so we talked for a bit and got to hear her take on the race.

We hung around for the awards ceremony and dun, dun dun…I won my age group!

It was a nice surprise and something that likely will not happen again, so I was really happy and excited!

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8 Responses to SheRox Duathlon

  1. kimbro says:

    Woohoo! Congrats!

  2. Jennifer says:

    Yeah, congratulations! That’s so awesome!

  3. Lisa says:

    Go Lauren! You look amazing- happy, healthy and so damn fit! So proud of you! xo

  4. Dina says:

    Congratulations! It must so cool to get on the podium.

  5. Colleen says:

    Nice job winning your age group.

    I keep thinking I need to bike so I can try these other races that aren’t just running.

    How did you get the first picture to look like it does? I am so impressed by it. I love that you are really clear but everything else isn’t.

    • Lauren says:

      That picture was taken with just a simple point and shoot. When you are taking a picture of a moving object, pan (move across) the picture with the object and it should turn out like that. It might take a few tries and the object won’t always be clear, but keep trying!

      I’ve had a bike for a while, but just started riding more. It’s a lot of fun and I like being able to cover more distance in a shorter time.

  6. Congratulations on winning your age group! That winner’s podium photo is awesome. And those splits for the runs are great! I’m also a very slow cyclist, but I’m thinking of trying a triathlon somewhere down the road, so there might be some bike rides in my future.

  7. Kelly says:

    Congrats on the win! SO cool and that medal looks humongous :) I need to stop procrastinating on working on my bike skillz- I’m still terrified of the darned thing!

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