TreadMan Duathlon - DuathlonStandard

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Douglas, Minnesota
United States
61F / 16C
Total Time = 2h 10m 53s
Overall Rank = 91/111
Age Group = F 40-44
Age Group Rank = 4/4
Pre-race routine:

The alarm went off at 5am and I rolled out of bed around 5:20. Breakfast was coffee and a yummy muffin from Great Harvest. We rounded up the rest of the gear and headed out pretty much on time.
Event warmup:

Since we were on time, there was time for a proper warm-up. To avoid the congestion on 75th street, we rode out and back on Cty 3 and did a short run. I noticed that my legs felt dead and my right knee was angry. Great. That wasn't a good sign.
  • 29m 43s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 34s  min/mile

I started in the back but was passed by lots of people right away. The usual. Found someone to run with and paced with her the whole way. That helped a lot, because I'm sure I would have been slower without her. My knee started to feel tender, but I kept pushing.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe should have gone a bit slower. But would it have helped? Probably not. At least I had a good run (for me).

Transition 1
  • 01m 32s

Could not get my helmet on! WTF? Stupid hair wouldn't get in the right place. Arrggg! Other than that, it was fine.
What would you do differently?:

Dunno, shave my head?
  • 1h 05m 13s
  • 18.9 miles
  • 17.39 mile/hr

Ah, the Treadman course. How many times have I ridden this thing over the summer? Enough to know what I had to do. Out of T1, I started passing people and didn't get passed the whole time. So cool! Passed lots of people on the hill; that felt good. The headwind on Cty 5 was not too helpful, so my time for this ride wasn't spectatular. I did appreciate that wind once we turned onto Cty 3. Lovely tailwind on the way back.
What would you do differently?:

Not a thing. This was a great ride for me.
Transition 2
  • 01m

Fairly average transition. Putting on that knee strap slows me down, but I was sure I'd need it. I was right.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Sprout wings and fly?
  • 33m 28s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 10m 46s  min/mile

Uhg. My knee started hurting right out of T2. I knew I was in for a suffer-fest this time. I didn't care how slow I was going, it was just about finishing at this point. I tried to keep my cadence up, but it just hurt. I walked the water stop and turnaround. Just shuffled the rest. And watched all those people I passed on the bike fly by. Grrrr...
What would you do differently?:

Not much. Once the knee starts it's nonsense, there's not much to do about it. Alternating run/walk doesn't seem to help, so there was no point in that.
Post race
Warm down:

Chip off, drink found, time to chit-chat.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Natural slowness, gravity, wind, bum knee. The usual.

Event comments:

Even with the smaller turn-out this year, it was a good race. It's a tough bike course and a lot of running (for me), but I'll do it again. I heard a rumor that they are moving it back to Labor Day weekend, so that will be better weather-wise.

Last updated: 2008-08-18 12:00 AM
00:29:43 | 03.11 miles | 09m 34s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/4
Overall: 104/111
Performance: Good
Avg HR- 167 Max HR- 174
Course: Kind of a loop on road, gravel and trail.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Time: 01:32
Overall: Below average
Run with bike?
Jump on bike?
Getting up to speed and into shoes:
01:05:13 | 18.9 miles | 17.39 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/4
Overall: 64/111
Performance: Good
Avg HR- 162 Max HR- 178
Wind: Some
Course: Big loop with rollers. One big hill at mile 3 and a small sneaky hill at mile 16.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:00
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:33:28 | 03.11 miles | 10m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/4
Overall: 103/111
Performance: Below average
Avg HR- 157 Max HR- 176
Course: Out and back on the trail.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
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