On Saturday morning John and I woke up to a beautiful sunrise on our way to Oconomowoc, WI for a duathlon. We got our sugar buzz on with breakfast Skittles and RedBulls, all was fun and games until I got pulled over for speeding.
Whoosp!! Kids, this is why a healthy breakfast is important! I was very lucky and let go with a warning.
At the race site, I had my usual WHAT-AM-I-GOING-TO-WEAR panic 20 minutes before the race start. It was 45 degrees out and partly cloudy. I tried on a few different layering options, rode down the street, panicked, paced, tried on some more layers, and just settled on 2 long sleeves knowing that it would be hot during the run and hopefully okay for the bike.
For the first 2 mile run, I got passed a lot. “wtf? I wonder how slow I’m running? I feel like I’m pushing my pace. Am I this out of shape? Is there ANYONE behind me?” I wasn’t wearing my Garmin to know. So I just ran as comfortably fast as I could, which ended up being 16:05, 8:02 pace. Whew!
My transition 1 time was 1:16. It took me over a minute to change my shoes and put a bike helmet on, and possibly stop for ice-cream, because really, how did it take me so long? I wonder if my transition area was just further away from the Bike-Out area than it was to the Run-Out area, seeing as T2 took less time. Some day I will be coordinated enough to have my shoes already clipped onto the bike and be able to slip right into them on the bike. That will be a cool day.
Onward to the bike portion of the race. This is the flattest bike course I have ever ridden. It doesn’t get any more flat than this. And having the wind at a gentle 6 mph at the start was great. I was able to keep my speed 17-20 mph for the first 16 miles of the ride. At mile 16 we turned onto a rough road, the wind picked up, and my energy stores seemed to be non-existent. I kind of bonked a little there, slowed to 15 mph. I snacked on some ShotBloks for a few miles but never got my momentum back. Bike time was 1:11:37, 17.3 mph. This is good for me, but I do want to improve more on the bike.
Transition 2 took only 54 seconds, WAHOO!! Less than a minute! And then onto the wobbly feeling second 2 mile run. I love running off of the bike, mostly because it’s funny to listen to people around me “OOOof! My legs feel like rubber! I need to do more bricks!” This time I was passing people, and cruising along comfortably. As I passed one guy he said “Hey speedy, don’t get pulled over” it took me a few steps to register what he said and then LOL, I laughed. That was funny. My second run was 16:34, an 8:16 pace. Not bad!
I did this race to see where I’m at with my biking progress. Since I did this race 2 years ago I improved my bike time by 8 minutes. Though I’m happy with that, there’s definitely room for more improvement. Good thing I have a full summer of biking to look forward to!
Oh, and if you’re wondering, John did awesome out there!
Run 1 13:22 (6:41 pace) – Bike 1:05:26 (19 mph) – Run 2 14:43 (7:21 pace)
He on a whim, registered race morning. After finishing he ran back to the course to root me on. He’s such a cool husband!