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Opelousas Rotary Sunrise Duathlon - Duathlon

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Opelousas, Louisiana
United States
Opelousas Rotary
60F / 16C
Total Time = 1h 16m 23s
Overall Rank = 28/127
Age Group = M 50-54
Age Group Rank = 3/7
Pre-race routine:

Woke to bagels and coffee, showered, dressed, drove ~20 minutes to race site. We were nearly the first ones there, talked to Dean Ford, regional head of officials, and others as they arrived. Got marked, hit the porta-potties a few times.
Event warmup:

Did maybe two miles out, then two back on the bike course. Set up bike, hit porta-potty, then Dylan and I ran about a half mile out and back on the run course. Hit the hospital restroom one final time then lined up to start.
  • 15m 4s
  • 2 miles
  • 07m 32s  min/mile

Paced behind Dylan for the first mile, pulled even with him for the second. Pace felt pretty fast and hard, almost too hard.

What would you do differently?:

Nothing. One of my friends/rivals was about fifty yards ahead from the start, probably stretched that to 100 yards by the end, but there was nothing I could do about it...but this was as hard as I could push it.
Transition 1
  • 00m 47s

Didn't have far to run in either transition, so I left my socks on. No problems, slipped out of shoes, put on helmet, unracked bike and left. Mounting and getting into shoes was without incident, stayed on top of shoes until I hit 20mph, past the first stop sign.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, This went well.
  • 44m 59s
  • 16 miles
  • 21.34 mile/hr

Coming out I knew it was going to be a decent bike as I was doing 22,23 on the road leading to I49 with not much effort. Turned onto service road and took the first hill while holding 21, hit 27 going down the other side. On the second, steeper hill I managed to hold 19 but must have passed a dozen folks going up, including rival/friend. Also passed a guy from BR tri (I think) who would turn out to be my pacesetter.

Got off of the SR, holding 22-23, BRTri guy passes me but stays no more than five-ten lengths in front of me this whole segment, meanwhile we're both passing cyclist. After the turnaround we feel that the light breeze that was behind us is now a headwind, and we're now holding 20, 21.

Back to the SR, I pass the BRTri guy on the steeper hill, descend nicely, then give it everything trying to hold 20 on the not-so-steep-but-longer second hill. Get back to Prudhomme, and head into transition.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, this was fun. Not quite where I was a couple years ago, but getting there.
Transition 2
  • 00m 27s

Went well, no problems.
What would you do differently?:

  • 15m 7s
  • 2 miles
  • 07m 34s  min/mile

Yeah, that's right. All of three seconds slower than the first run.

I knew rival/friend wasn't far behind me but didn't know where. Last week he beat me out of transition by 20 yards and held the gap the whole way. This week the roles were reversed. Hard effort the whole way to stay in front of him. The sun was high and the temps were warming up, breathing was difficult, and legs were tired. Last block before we hit the homestretch I was probably at a 9-minute pace, and if the run was a half-mile longer I would have walked.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing more I could have done.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked/stood around until Dylan finished, drank some water, visited, ate. This was the designated Louisiana State Championship Duathlon, so a few of the out-of-town big dogs came in to compete. Even racing one of my better efforts, I ended up being fourth in AG, one of those ahead of me got "Grand Master" so I ended up with a plaque for third.

Dylan got first in his AG, third straight year he got a first place award (two AG and one with me in the relay year befoe last).

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Still too heavy, need to get on the bike more, yada yada.

Event comments:

Thirteenth year for this race, first under a new RD, but they didn't lose a step. Everything went well, beautiful day!

Last updated: 2009-02-05 12:00 AM
00:15:04 | 02 miles | 07m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 5/7
Overall: 68/127
Performance: Good
11:30 in Z4, ~ a minute each in Z3 & Z5.
Course: Through the subdivisions behind Opelousas General Hospital.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Time: 00:47
Overall: Good
Run with bike? Good
Jump on bike? Good
Getting up to speed and into shoes: Good
00:44:59 | 16 miles | 21.34 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/7
Overall: 21/127
Performance: Good
7 minutes in Zone 3, 28 minutes in Zone 4, 6:30 in Zone 5
Wind: Little
Course: Out-and-back utilizing one leg of the I-49 service road going north, LA743 south to the turnaround then back to the transition area. Decent hills, rough surfaces on the I49SR.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:27
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:15:07 | 02 miles | 07m 34s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/7
Overall: 39/127
Performance: Good
11:30 in Zone 4, 3 minutes in Zone 5.
Course: Same as the first run leg. Only harder. ;^)
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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

2009-03-23 6:13 AM

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Subject: Opelousas Rotary Sunrise Duathlon

2009-03-23 9:19 AM
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New Orleans, LA
Subject: RE: Opelousas Rotary Sunrise Duathlon
Good Race John. Glad to hear Dylan has taken such a liken to the sport. Are yall going to come over for N.O. HIM?
2009-03-23 1:25 PM
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Iron Donkey
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Subject: RE: Opelousas Rotary Sunrise Duathlon
That's some pretty good moving there, bear!  Looking good!
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