Thursday, March 3, 2016

Race #2 of the Season: Chilly Cheeks Duathlon #3

So way back on February 20, I finished out the Chilly Cheeks series and finished up with racing until April.

Unlike the first two races of the series, the weather for this one seemed ideal - high-40s at start; I could race in my tri kit with only some arm warmers to help with some chill on the bike. Love it!

I got to the race start early, as always ... even though I clearly didn't need to. Whatever, it meant I was going to be bored and take pictures.

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Pre-race look. Fake Uggs with compression socks and my tri kit ...


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Transition.

Since I got called into work that evening, I was super happy I got slotted into one of the early waves - B (out of V (so 2nd of 22)). Race #3 is a bike-run - 10.8 mile bike followed by a 4 mile run. Coach Corie didn't really give me a plan for this race, so I figured I'd go out pretty hard on the bike and then see what I could hold on to for the run.

The Bike:

Bike course was the same as last race, which is nice - through Cherry Creek State Park, tower loop, back.

Now the winds in the park tend to swirl and in general, be really dumb. Today, however, the winds were such that it looked like we'd have a tailwind on the way back to transition (that is, the way you'd LOVE to have the tailwind, but never ever get it). I was pushing pretty hard and was SUPER happy to feel that yes, the wind was a cross but mostly at one's back riding "home."

Time: 35:53 (7th division, 17th gender, 70th overall)

T:

I already had my race belt skirt on - decided to save some time, yo - so all I needed to do was swap out my helmet for my TriSports trucker hat and my bike shoes for my running shoes. Lace 'em up, and get the hell out of dodge.

Time: :58 (9th, 16th, 42nd)

The Run: 

Oh, run. My legs might be okay with you, but my lungs really still hate you. Story of the run was run when I could, walk when my lungs hated me too much. I was able to run more often than not over the first three miles, but mile four ... I kind of fell apart.

Plusses were running into facebook buddy Jeannene on the run (and chatting with her afterward) and a woman in a Betty Designs kit yelling out "Go TriSports!" also on the run ... which makes me glad that I was lazy and delayed this recap because I found out much, much later that she's part of the Team TriSports group. 

The run was also long by at least .18 (what I had; others had similar distances), which never freaking helps.

Time: 42:12 (12th, 28th, 85th)

Overall Stats:
Time: 1:19:04
10/15 division (F30-39)
22/45 gender
76/111 overall

There were a couple HUGE positives to this race: 

- I chopped a good 15 minutes off my time from the last time I did this race waaaaaay the heck back in 2012. 
- I had my first ever transition under a minute (woo!). 
- I'm 99% sure I had my first race bike split of 18mph (HUGE for me).
- My bike split was about 3:30 faster than last race ... which yeah, some of that is due to the favorable winds, but STILL!

Now to hunker down and train, as I've got about a good two and a half months until my next multisport race ...

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