Barkin' Dog Duathlon - DuathlonStandard

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Denver, Colorado
United States
Racing Underground
40F / 4C
Total Time = 2h 06m 15s
Overall Rank = 322/
Age Group = F30-34
Age Group Rank = 17/25
Pre-race routine:

Got up around 5:00, had a bagel with peanut butter and a banana
Event warmup:

Not much - just stretching
  • 27m 17s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 46s  min/mile

This leg felt good - I kept telling myself not to push too hard, but I was going at a good clip. I was a little cold because I left my gloves in the transition area while I used the loo, and then couldn't get back in because they had turned the timing mats on. This was a 5k PR for me, so either I am truly a faster runner than I thought or I pushed a little too hard. I prefer to think it's the former, since I didn't really bonk today...
What would you do differently?:

Get my gloves out of the transition area before they closed it!
Transition 1
  • 01m 52s
What would you do differently?:

Practice transitions ahead of time and then actually hurry! I'm a big transition lollygagger.
  • 1h 05m 1s
  • 30 kms
  • 27.69 km/hr

I had a pretty good bike, and I wonder what I would actually be capable of if I were to try harder. I don't tend to push very hard on the bike. But I was very happy with my performance, as I averaged 16.6 mph, which is very good for me.
What would you do differently?:

Push harder and practice more on hills.
Transition 2
  • 01m 35s

Again, I didn't really hurry here. But my feet had totally fallen asleep or were just frozen solid in my wet socks, so I was loathe to start on the run too quickly.
What would you do differently?:

Practice transitions ahead of time.
  • 30m 33s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 49s  min/mile

This did not go very well. I took at least 5-7 walk breaks! My feet were frozen solid or asleep, and felt awful for the first mile and a half. The wind started gusting and I sort of gave up and walked up every hill. I have no idea how I finished at a sub 10:00 min/mile pace with all of the walking.
What would you do differently?:

Hmmm...not sure. I think I need to address the foot numbness issue on my bike, since that is obviously a problem. I may need to get my bike re-fit, and get some sort of insole in my cleat. I should also do more bricks to get used to the bike/run feeling.
Post race
Warm down:

Stretched while waiting in line for a massage

Event comments:

Great race! Well organized, and everyone I met was really friendly.

Last updated: 2008-04-15 12:00 AM
00:27:17 | 03.11 miles | 08m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/25
Overall: 331/
Course: Mostly flat, with some rolling hills. Soggy in places where the trail was flooded.
Keeping cool Drinking
Time: 01:52
Overall: Below average
Run with bike? Below average
Jump on bike? Below average
Getting up to speed and into shoes: Below average
01:05:01 | 30 kms | 27.69 km/hr
Age Group: 0/25
Overall: 323/
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Some rolling hills, and then mostly flat on the dam road. It was pretty cold up on the dam road, but luckily the wind didn't pick up until the second run.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:35
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:30:33 | 03.11 miles | 09m 49s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/25
Overall: 344/
Performance: Below average
Course: Basically the same as run segment 1.
Keeping cool Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4