My goals for the race were (and if they were accomplished):
- Have fun! (check....had tons of fun!)
- Break 1:10 (check...shattered it)
- Run #1 - around 14 flat (check...under 14)
- Transitions around 30 seconds (fail!)
- Bike - around 40 minutes (check...under 35)
- Run #2 - around 15 flat (check...under 15)
- Top 1/3 overall (check!)
Stats from the Metlife Race Around the World Duathlon:
Overall time: 1:05:39
Run #1 (2 miles): 13:55 (6:58 min/mile)
Transition 1: 1:16
Bike (11 miles): 34:57 (18.9 mph)
Transition 2: 50 seconds
Run #2 (2 miles): 14:38 (7:19 min/mile)
25-29 Age Group: 3/22
Another medal - 3rd place in age group
After a restless night of trying to sleep, I eagerly got out of bed at a little before 5 when my alarm went off. Having made my "to pack" list the night before, I got my things ready and was out the door a little after 6 so I could be at the race site a little after 7. The race was a staggered start, which was so nice. It was a lot less congested at the start line that what I am used to!
I picked up my ankle chip and then got my bike to the transition area. I wanted to get a good spot, near the front, but I was too late. Luckily, some other lady was super smart and brought a balloon to tie to the bike racks. I put my bike by the balloon, knowing I would be able to easily find it. Thank you, wise lady! I think I may need to try to do this in future duathlons.
After getting my bike in place, I started my warm up. I felt good and knew that my goals were challenging, yet attainable if I ran (and biked) well. Before I knew it, the racers were getting called to the start area. I lined myself up at the very front, knowing that I wanted to start fast and not have to pass tons of other women at the beginning.
The horn blew and off I went, and never looked back. My first mile felt great - 6:35. However, I knew that it was a little too fast. I still had to bike and then do another run, so i backed off for the second mile, finishing Run #1 in 13:55 and feeling awesome.
I'm not sure what I was doing in transition #1 for 1 minute 16 seconds?!!? It is not the end of the world, but I was hoping to have better times on them. Oh, well...there is always room for improvement. I got on my bike and off I went on the 11-mile course.
On the bike, I felt pretty good. I didn't start to get passed until mile 4 or so and tried to keep up with some guys that were near me. I ended up beating one at the finish of the bike and coming in just behind the other. I am so pleased with how well I biked. I am not a good biker, so getting under 35 minutes is a near miracle for me. The bike was a total success!
Here I come (in pink)...run #2...with the ridiculous tan lines.
Transition 2 was better for me...only 50 seconds. I started to feel a little tired at the end of the bike, so I wasn't sure how run #2 would go. I knew I wanted to start fast and just pick people off as I went. I feel like most people who complete in duathlons/triathlons are bikers. The run is where I am able to succeed. I wanted to run 7:30 splits, but ended up running faster. This run felt pretty good. At parts I felt like I was moving so slow, but my Garmin showed 7:30-something splits even when I was tired. I must admit I was so happy to see the finish line, and even had some energy to sprint at the finish.
I couldn't have asked for a better race.
Getting my award.
My friends came and made signs...this is my sign. Can you spot the awkward moose, turtle, and scorpion? :)
Did you race as well? How did you do?