I successfully completed my first duathlon today in Riverport under OK weather conditions. Cloudy with sunny periods it remained surprisingly cold. Overall I placed 50th out of 84 competitors and 14/21 in my age group.
Here are my splits.......4km run/28km bike/4km run
68 19:12 4:48 34 53:03 31.7 67 25:53 6:29
I set a personal best on the first run, my bike time was actually better but I had a slow transition that was added to the cycling time and my final run a study of pain and suffering.LOL.
The first run was tough. I had a hard time managing my breathing but thanks to the lady(with the shapely bum)in front of me heading back to transition I was able to "focus" on something other than my gasping and settle in to a better finish.
The transition was not good. I underestimated how hard it is switching footware while standing with gloves on after running 4km.Took me much longer than I planned getting geared up for the bike. Agonizingly slow!
The bike was good. I felt strong but cold. I had perspired on the run so the coolness of the bike chilled me for the first 10km of the cycling course. Perhaps bare legs was not a good choice. I managed to pull back many riders over the 28km loop and, more importantly, hydrate with a bottle and half of fluid. The transition from bike to run was also slower than I expected and I definitely lost time.
The final 4km run started with an descent over the first kilometer so that was helpful but I knew the last kilometer to the finish would have some bite. I also neglected to drop off my spare tube and co2 pump at the transition and felt like I had two bricks bouncing in my jersey pockets.....most annoying. I placed the tube in the centre pocket and actually carried my pump in my hand for the rest of the race. Stupid! Newbie mistake I suppose.
The finish was tough up the gradual hill to the finish but it was nice to hear the encouragement of the crowds and team mates. Whew........it was a good, albeit hard, day!
I feel pretty good this afternoon but definitely know I did something today. The legs and hips are like concrete. The good news is the lower back seems ok which bodes well for my future of running and duathlons.