Wrenthem Duathlon - Duathlon

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Wrentham, Massachusetts
United States
FIRM Events
50F / 10C
Total Time = 1h 48m 15s
Overall Rank = 188/190
Age Group = Athena
Age Group Rank = 6/6
Pre-race routine:

I have a very regimented routine. Thank God, I was with Ben and he shook that down a bit. I was more relaxed, and was helping him to become acquainted with multi-sport race morning. By helping him, I mean arguing with him, chiding him and harassing him in a friendly and loving way. I try to eat 200 calories for every hour before the race. At 6:30 I ate a small bowl of cheerios with little milk and packed an english muffin with little lowfat cream cheese for 7:30. I missed that mark by 30 minutes so I ate about a third of it.
Event warmup:

I walked around with Ben, parked my bike, and jogged in and out of the exits and entrances at the transition stations. I soaked in the friendliness (which I would rank between a 5K range and a tri range - tri being the friendliest and 5K being less friendly) and used the porta-potty. I didn't warm-up too much because I had been quite ill for so very long this winter and so very recently that I very literally wanted to save it ALL for the race. The night before I actually had trouble not coughing after long sentences (which OFTEN erupt from my mouth..ask Ben...OFTEN)
  • 30m 39s
  • 3 miles
  • 10m 13s  min/mile

I had a plan! Ben followed it with me, which was wicked cool. I was wasted by the end, but Ben pulled ahead like a champ. It was based on the track workout I skipped this week (remember? save it ALL for the DU!)4 minutes Warm UP then: 3 minutes hard, 1 minute rest, 2 minutes hard, 1 minute rest, 1 minute hard, 1 minute rest, REPEAT.
What would you do differently?:

Not be friggin' sick all GD winter :(
Transition 1
  • 01m 49s

I was borderline lazy and definitely angry. I questioned my sanity and will to live.
What would you do differently?:

Remember I'm a warrior princess and here to conquer.
  • 52m 39s
  • 11 miles
  • 12.54 mile/hr

I hit a SERIOUS pothole! She swallowed up m' whole front tire and I practically had to wheelly to get 'er out. My body was bent the wrong way when I did this and I swear had I not had (honest to goodness) experience with buckin' broncs, I woulda' been in the thickets. Anyhoo, I stayed on and was good for another 1/2 mile or so. At that point, I estimate that I had passed close to 30 of the people that had passed ME on the run. I know this because at that 1/2 mile point, my tire gave up. I watched about 25 people pass me back for about 10 minutes as that repair guy (luckily) pulled up nearly 1 or 2 minutes within the time my tire went out. The mosquitoes were AMAZING. We were there for about two minutes before we were enveloped in a swarm the size of a Volkswagen. I shooed them away from my Knight in Shining Armor until he had finished saving me and then continued on with the race. I have to say, I wasn't AS gung-ho after that point. But I was stunned I wasn't in last place. I took a lot of pride in that - and I thought the folks struggling along were pretty awesome for keeping up the fight. I know all too well how hard the last runner/racer is working.
What would you do differently?:

Be sharper. Also, I need a repair kit (not necessarily for these shorter races) and I need to learn how to fix my own tire) - I'm way to cool to be a damsel in distress ;)
Transition 2
  • 01m 27s

I forgot some of the old tricks here. I need to be sharper, visualize before I race.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing much I was having fun. I told some strangers that I got a flat because my ego was hurting. I think that's pretty funny in hindsight.
  • 21m 40s
  • 2 miles
  • 10m 50s  min/mile

I had the same plan, except: 5 minutes for getting used to jello legs, then: 3 minutes hard, 1 minute rest, 2 minutes hard, 1 minute rest, 1 minute hard, 1 minute rest, REPEAT.
What would you do differently?:

Well, after the "5 minutes for getting used to jello legs" I hit a WALL. That first five minutes I felt ready to GO. I wish I had opened up there. I could have hit a wall and had a mile and a half to go - that would have been fine with me I think? I think I may have wasted some enthusiasm. Not sure? I did really enjoy this run, though. There was one jag bit of it where I wanted to give up because I didn't look ahead at the course map enough to know if it was out and back or not. I really do need time to visualize my whole day (nutrition, plan, race course) ahead of time. It helps me to relax and enjoy the whole thing a bit more. I did that for the most part, but that's what first races are for - reminders :)
Post race
Warm down:

I begged Ben to let me stretch, we watched the awards, marveled at how cool the AG winners were and then ate our fill at Denny's. A perfect day, really :)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Just coming off of being sick, no training for two weeks prior, a really tough winter. All that said, I did my best and I feel great about this race :)

Event comments:

AWESOME volunteers - thank you! A little more clear for back of the pack bikers, please :)

Last updated: 2011-01-28 12:00 AM
00:30:39 | 03 miles | 10m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/6
Overall: 182/190
Performance: Average
Course: Flat
Keeping cool Drinking
Time: 01:49
Overall: Bad
Run with bike? Below average
Jump on bike? Below average
Getting up to speed and into shoes: Bad
00:52:39 | 11 miles | 12.54 mile/hr
Age Group: 6/6
Overall: 112/190
Performance: Good
I GOT A FLAT! It took about 10 minutes to fix.
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: Hilly is somewhat of an understatement IMO. I'm used to it (wicked hillyness) living in Shelburne Falls - but it was challenging. I actually laughed out loud at one group of warrior women who had dismounted up a particularly nasty monster and were pushing their bikes up it - one was calling out SERIOUSLY with the vigor of one giving birth (I would know). Sorry to say, but this energized my as I cranked past them. I felt like I could do anything, and I began to peddle HARD even on the downhills. I was a little loopy from the exertion when I decided to check on my gear status when...
Road: Potholes Dry Cadence:
Turns: Below average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:27
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Bad
00:21:40 | 02 miles | 10m 50s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/6
Overall: 178/190
Performance: Average
Course: VERY nice loop through a (campus?) Just lovely.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5