Barkin' Dog Duathlon - DuathlonStandard

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Denver, Colorado
United States
Racing Underground
40F / 4C
Total Time = 1h 56m 14s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 9/22
Event warmup:

light jog for 10 min., stretched, light jog for 10 more min.
  • 23m 22s
  • 3 miles
  • 07m 47s  min/mile

I felt strong and could have gone quite a bit faster, but I was afraid of blowing up early.
What would you do differently?:

Could had used a bit less caution and gone a bit faster (7:30 pace would have been reasonable), but otherwise wouldn't do anything different.
Transition 1
  • 01m 39s

No problems here.
What would you do differently?:

Wouldn't do anything differently.
  • 1h 03m 49s
  • 34 kms
  • 31.97 km/hr

This too went fine, and though I had hoped to exceed 20mph (they listed my pace as 19.4mph, but when I convert km to miles I get 19.86mph), I was satisfied with the result. I liked my bike set up with fast-forward seatpost and clip-on aerobars, but it's kind of a pain to have to reach back to the brakes to shift. Definitely motivated toward finding a TT bike before September.
My calves cramped a little toward the end of the ride, but I was able to ride through it and it went away.
What would you do differently?:

More bodyglide on the crotch area, and I should probably look into a tri saddle before my 70.3 next month. Got a bit sore, uh, "down there."
Transition 2
  • 01m 56s

Not my fastest transition, but at least I remembered to take off my helmet! I opted to wear my more comfortable running shoes that I have to tie, so that took a few seconds.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure. I might have worn my racing shoes with elastic laces but I hadn't run in them in a while so I decided not to.
  • 25m 30s
  • 3 miles
  • 08m 30s  min/mile

This could have gone MUCH better. Calves started cramping a bit right at the beginning, but I was plowing through it. Then my left hamstring started cramping and I HAD to stop and stretch it for a bit. That worked, and I finished strong (kept my gps pegged at around 7:15 for the last 1.5 miles), but the damage to my time was done.
What would you do differently?:

Not much I could have done differently for the run itself. I ran hard until the end and did the best I could under the circumstances.
Post race
Warm down:

Stretching, walking.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I don't think I was sufficiently hydrated at the start of the race (I have a tendency to be bad about this). I really should have started with more water the day before, and kept with it.

Event comments:

Had a great time overall, and didn't have to get wet! It was a COLD start though.

Last updated: 2010-02-11 12:00 AM
00:23:22 | 03 miles | 07m 47s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/22
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: They had to shorten the course at the last minute for some reason, so instead of 5k it was exactly 3 miles. Fairly flat, partially on cinder trail. Nice course.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Time: 01:39
Overall: Good
Run with bike? Average
Jump on bike? Average
Getting up to speed and into shoes: Good
01:03:49 | 34 kms | 31.97 km/hr
Age Group: 0/22
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Course was decent, only one short hill. There was some wind but it was steady and predictable. The only bad thing was cracks in the road for much of it that made for an uncomfortable bump every time you hit one. In places they were as close as every 20 feet.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:56
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:25:30 | 03 miles | 08m 30s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/22
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Course: Same as the first leg.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4