Race Recap: Brands Cycle & Fitness Duathlon April 10, 2015

kimawesomeA couple weeks ago I kicked off my multisport season with the Brands Duathlon.  You may recall I did the exact same race last October and it was not pretty!!  Cold and rainy, it was an experience that I will never forget.  You can read more about it HERE.  So this race is also very close to home, so I got to get up maybe a couple hours b4 the race started, showered, grabbed a bite, and was out the door.

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Pre-race

The weather was actually perfect.  I can’t remember the exact temperature , but the cycling jacket I was prepared to wear I didn’t need to because it was just that nice outside.  Yes I do love me some red!  You can catch a glimpse of Ruby (my bike) behind me with the red helmet hanging off the bars.

I have to say Race Awesome did an amazing job with the set up and organization of this race.  If you look very closely you can see a white sticker on the bike rack.  That sticker had my full name and bib number on it.  I haven’t done that many multisport races, but this is the first time that I’ve seen this and it made for a very non-complicated transition area, so kudos to you Race Awesome for making it easier on your athletes.

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Preparing to mount b4 the bike leg

This Duathlon was Run 1.2 miles, Bike 11 miles, Run 1.2 miles, so fairly short distance wise, but for a newbie a challenge nonetheless.  I felt really good on the run and managed to squeak out a 8:55 mile pace which is pretty good considering I’m running in the mid 9’s right now.

On to the bike.  The bike is my least favorite of the three disciplines.  I would have never thought that biking would be so difficult, but I am still learning and progressing with every ride.  Now I’ve been riding a trainer indoors since February and have been clipping in so I’ve gotten pretty comfy on the bike, but a couple weeks before this race (maybe a week) was the first time I took my tri bike out on the road, and it was not pretty at all!  In fact it was so ugly that I bust my a$$ trying to clip my left foot in.  The fall was so bad a woman came running up to me asking if I was ok.  I was laughing at myself because I fell but I let her know I was fine and got back up and started my ride.  When I got home and took off my tights I realized my knee was busted up a bit and bleeding.  I’m told I have 2 more falls to go until I am a real cyclists!

I go into this story because this fall happened at the exact same park that this Duathlon took place so I was being very cautious as to not wipe out in front of a crowd full of people while mounting my bike!  The mount went well with no falls.  This bike course is fairly easy except for the fact that about a minute or 2 into it you have to climb a small hill.  This means you have to climb this hill on the way back because it is a looped course.  The only thing that I did not like about the bike course was the u turn that has to be made.  The turn is fairly tight, and turns into a one lane turn which can get a bit tricky if the person in front of you basically comes to a complete stop to make the turn.  On my 2nd loop this happened and I had to steer into the dirt which apparently is a big no no on my bike.  I felt like I was about to fall and had to quickly clip out my left foot just in case.  I actually ended up steering into the oncoming bikes which turned out to not be so bad because there were only a few people coming.  I got back in the right lane and shouted out “sorry guys” and someone yelled “well at least you didn’t fall” and I said “thank goodness” laughed and kept going.  That was my only mishap on the bike other than not going into aero (ugh).  I managed to finish the bike in about 44.77.

IMG_7510My feet felt like bricks of course as I prepared to start the last leg.  It takes me a long time, like the first full mile to get my legs back which was not good because that was all I had!  Coming off the bike I was in 3rd place in my division, but finished in 5th so I have much work to do on my run leg.  This run leg was at a 09:51 pace, so almost a full minute slower than the opening mile.  Now when I think about the mini tri where they wrote our ages on our calfs I am wishing we had that in the Du so I could have seen those 30-34 yr olds running by me!  I’ll catch them next time!IMG_7511

Overall another good race in the books.  I wasn’t lying in bed afterwards so my conditioning was pretty good, and all those early morning training sessions feel like they are paying off.  The countdown to Ironman Eagleman continues!

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Ruby and I

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All Womens Tri and Brands Tri Teams

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Medal Pic

 

 

 

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Race Recap: Mini Mighty Man Triathlon April 19, 2015

IMG_0232Yes I know I haven’t posted for a long while, and for very good reason….life and tri training has certainly gotten in the way!  I have lots of race recaps to post, but I’ll start out with yesterdays mini tri.  It was a 400m pool swim, 6 mile bike, 2 mile run.  It’s described as a mini tri for obvious reasons, and it was the kick off for my tri season.

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We are lined up according to our self predicted swim time

When my alarm went off at 5:30 I woke up feeling sluggish.  My teammie text me good luck and I replied “Thx! I’m tired don’t feel like it” I have to laugh at that now because its so true and is exactly how I felt!  I didn’t eat before the race which is a big no no, and is probably part of the reason I wasn’t feeling 100%, but I had to press on!  Luckily this race is very close to home, so I was out the door and at the race within 20 minutes.  A short commute to the race is always nice.  I reached the site around 7:15 so I had plenty of time to set up my bike in transition(which I didn’t get a picture of), get body marked, and get in to the pool for a warm up swim.

I was able to get in a 200m warm up which was desperately needed, and still was not enough.  I’m usually pretty tight on my swim for the first 350 meters or so, so warming up 30mins b4 the race, and standing around freezing for 25 didn’t help my cause at all!  This pool was the home to the 1998 Goodwill games, so it is Olympic sized.   The race is very controlled, but can get hectic very quickly.  We are lined up along the back wall of the pool according toIMG_0281 what time we think we’ll finish the swim portion.  This is done strictly on the honor system which I think they should change; primarily because people start in a faster time slot than they should and end up hanging on the rope,  or swimming mIMG_0282uch slower and holding faster swimmers behind them up.  I had an ok swim with a time of 10:15.  I’ve been swimming pretty consistently in the high 8’s to mid 9’s so I know I could have went faster.  Having to go around people hanging on the wall, slower swimmers in front of me, and men trampling over me I think led to the slower time, but this is preparing me for Eagleman so in the end I was happy for the distractions.

IMG_0237So I’m out of the pool and running out the door to get to the bike transition.  There was faux grass carpet down and I was thankful for that, but the rocks underneath…ouch!  My left foot is still a bit sore from running on it, but off I went.

My IMG_0243transition1 time was pretty slow at 2:51, but after running on the nasty dirt there was no way I was putting my filthy feet in my socks and shoes…enter girly girl mode.  So I had to clean off my feet properly, get my helmet and shoes on, un-rack my bike, and off I went!IMG_0245  I think the bike went pretty good with a time of 19:11.  I’m still getting to know Ruby (my bike) and am feeling wobbly in aero, so that time could be faster, but it’s a good starting point.

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Here’s some video of me dismounting after the bike portion…yes I need some work, but I’m learning!

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Run to the finish line

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Giving some high fives along the way

Bike to Run Transition was 1:35, much faster than T1, and off to the run I go!  The run felt pretty good.  My feet didn’t feel like total bricks since the ride was only 6 miles, but it did take most of the first mile to get my legs back.  By the time I got to the start of the 2nd mile I was feeling pretty good and ready to bring it home.  After a cup of water I high tailed it to the finish.  My run leg was 19:09.

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ahhh finished!

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Finishline hug from Double L

All in all I thought it was a good race.  I almost want to register for the same race next month but the all woman version to better my time.  I placed 5th in my division.  Just 2:30 minutes or so out of 3rd place, so I think if I speed up a smidge on each leg I can podium next time….we’ll see!

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Teammies b4 the swim start

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Me and Ruby post race

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Me and Double L with out mini medals…lol

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All Womens Tri Team