It was downstream, west to east, in the Willamette River, which should explain the split. We started by swimming across the river, nearly to the other side, in order to round a sandbar by floating through some rapids. Then down a side channel around the sandbar and out into the main channel, and finishing on the same side of the river as we started.
69F / 21C
Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
90 kms |
Splits for the "laps" (different stages, roughly 10 miles each) in mph:
I think fairly even effort as the middle sections were flatter with fewer tight curves; easier to stay in aero and hit slightly higher speeds. Power was very consistent (VI= 1.03).
Out and back, almost all rough 2-lane country roads. A few miles through town and suburbs and then following the Willamette upriver south of Salem for the first/last 10-12 miles. That section had plenty of short, sometimes steep, rolling hills and tight curves hugging the river. The middle 35 miles or so were flatter and more exposed, through farmland in the valley. Turnaround just before I-5 and back the way we came. Felt like a steady tailwind on the way out and headwind on the way back. Isn't it always that way LOL?
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Shoe and helmet removal
21 kms |
05m 49s min/km
Faster pace (8:30's and 8:40's) for about first 4 miles, really slow until about 9 miles (because I was walking through the aid stations), and then faster (9's and 8:40's) for the rest.
Mix of city streets (first and last miles), dirt/gravel roads (about half of the rest) and paved bike paths (the other half) through a nature preserve along the Willamette River and river bottom area. Mix of shade and sun.