Wrentham Duathlon - DuathlonStandard

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Wrentham, Massachusetts
United States
Firm Racing
Total Time = 1h 32m 52s
Overall Rank = 152/199
Age Group = Male 30-34
Age Group Rank = 13/13
Pre-race routine:

My friend, Grace, and I came in the night before and stayed at a hotel a few miles away. Our alarms went off a 6AM but I didn't peel myself out of bed until 6:20. Breakfast consisted of a cup of coffee, two nicotine lozenges, and half of a Diet Pepsi. I'm not a morning person and don't normally eat breakfast anyways. I might have eaten a cliff bar once we arrived at the venue but I honestly can't remember. I was really nervous. I compensated for my lack of solid food by sucking down a few mouth fulls of Hammer Gel. This is typical of any race I do.
Event warmup:

We racked our bikes and I paced nervously while Grace did whatever she did. I was too consumed with fear and excitement to notice. I talked with some people in the transition area and tried to keep my mind from playing worse case scenario videos in my head. I was moderately successful.
  • 29m 56s
  • 3 miles
  • 09m 59s  min/mile

Grace and I lined up in the back of the pack and worked diligently to maintain a sustainable pace. I'm notorious for going out too fast and blowing up after a couple miles. We finished the first run in about 30 minutes which was our goal. The course was essentially flat and the weather was nice.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. This leg of the race went exactly according to plan.
Transition 1
  • 01m 17s

This was my first transition ever! I thought it went well. I didn't have any trouble finding my bike and I was able to get in and out of there with out any catastrophes. I'm sure it could have been faster but I wasn't too concerned about my speed through the transition.
What would you do differently?:

I have no idea.
  • 39m 40s
  • 11 miles
  • 16.64 mile/hr

I had a great time on the bike. The course had some "rolling hills" but nothing I couldn't handle (that wasn't meant to sound cocky). It was a lot like the loop I normally ride at home. I had a couple mouth fulls of Hammer Gel at the beginning of the bike and sipped water throughout the ride. One small water bottle was perfect.

I passed quite a few people on the bike (that might have been a function of my being at the back of the pack, not my cycling skills). I was nervous to pass people at first because I didn't want to have them re-pass me two minutes down the road. I eventually worked my way up to a few people that I was able to play cat and mouse with. I rode as hard as I could almost the entire time. I didn't take any chances on the corners.

What would you do differently?:

I don't think I would have done anything differently.
Transition 2
  • 01m 40s

Once I got of my bike, I knew I was in trouble. My legs were not the legs I left T1 with. I took my time getting my running shoes on and had one last sip of water before I slagged my way out of the transition area.
  • 20m 17s
  • 2 miles
  • 10m 08s  min/mile

My legs were absolutely shot from the ride. I didn't feel like I could pick my feet more than a few inches off the ground. I tried my best to give the illusion of running when I passed the photographers. Fortunately, I kept "running" and eventually got my legs back at around the 1 mile mark. This could have gone really, really bad. I'm glad it was only a two mile run.
What would you do differently?:

The correct answer here is probably pace myself on the bike but I wouldn't have done anything differently. I'm a much better cyclist than I am runner and I still managed 10:09 miles, which is not much slower than the first run.
Post race
Warm down:

I got some water and spent some time talking with a few people while I waited for Grace to finish. Once she finished, we packed up our bikes and gear, checked our results and a watched some of the awards ceremony. On our way back home we hit up a Denny's and erased any physical benefits our bodies enjoyed from doing the race.

This was my first multi-sport event and I absolutely loved it. Everyone that I talked to was wicked friendly and I loved the course. I've never worked so hard or felt so good about a last in my age group finish.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I didn't have anything go wrong today. If anything held me back it was my lack of serious training.

Event comments:

I had a lot of fun and would definitely do this race again next year. The course was great, as were the volunteers.

Last updated: 2011-04-17 12:00 AM
00:29:56 | 03 miles | 09m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 13/13
Overall: 179/199
Performance: Average
Keeping cool Drinking Just right
Time: 01:17
Overall: Average
Run with bike?
Jump on bike?
Getting up to speed and into shoes:
00:39:40 | 11 miles | 16.64 mile/hr
Age Group: 12/13
Overall: 112/199
Performance: Good
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:40
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:20:17 | 02 miles | 10m 08s  min/mile
Age Group: 13/13
Overall: 165/199
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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] 5