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Sulzbach-Rosenberg, NRW
CIS Amberg e.V
65F / 18C
Total Time = 2h 18m 53s
Overall Rank = 64/80
Age Group = M30
Age Group Rank = 19/22
Pre-race routine:

I doubled checked my gear, ate a banana, and washed it down with a sports drink/water mix. I talked a bit with the only two other Americans that were racing also.
Event warmup:

I did a light job for about 5 min to get blood moving and muscles warm. Added in a bit of stretching to help loosen the claves and hamstrings.
  • 33m 36s
  • 4.65 miles
  • 07m 14s  min/mile

I felt good on the run and managed to pass about a dozen or so people, especially on the hills as I'm really good at climbing. The legs felt good, I planned on a 7:30 min/mi pace, but the legs took off on their own and ran about a 7 min/mi pace. I don't think it hurt as the legs were fueled, well rested and just wanted to go.
What would you do differently?:

I wouldn't do anything different, except keep training and get faster.
Transition 1
  • 01m 38s

Transition was pretty quick as our group was the last to start the race and I'm not the fastest, so the transition area was too crowded. This was my first transition for my first duathlon. I think I did well.
What would you do differently?:

I would keep practicing especially getting into the shoes and up to speed on the bike as I had a little trouble getting into them to begin with.
  • 1h 18m 12s
  • 23.56 miles
  • 18.08 mile/hr

Going down the other side of the hills was nice though as I hit 47 mph on one, and 44 mph coming down the other. Gotta love speed. I have only been riding for 2-3 months so, not to bad in my opinion.
What would you do differently?:

Just keep praticing so I can get better next year.
Transition 2
  • 00m 47s

This transition went great for me and I didn't have any hangups what so ever. Bike racked, helmet off, run shoes on and gone.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, I think it went as well for me as it could have been.
  • 25m 21s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 11s  min/mile

My legs definitely didn't want to run after the bike, but about a third of the way through the final run, they stopped being stubborn and gave in to what I wanted them to do, which was run the pace I wanted. My pace was slow at first, but managed to pick it up for the last 2 miles.
What would you do differently?:

Keep training so I can get better and faster.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around to cool off the legs and did a bit of stretching. Drank some fluids and ate some snacks.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Quitting smoking 49 days before and I just need to keep training so I can get faster and better.

Event comments:

I don't really have much to compare this to as this is my first Duathlon ever.

Last updated: 2009-03-10 12:00 AM
00:33:36 | 04.65 miles | 07m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 17/22
Overall: 54/80
Performance: Good
Course: The course was mainly through the woods which was nice, but the trail was a bit uneven and they had a couple of somewhat steeps short hills.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Time: 01:38
Overall: Average
Run with bike? Average
Jump on bike? Average
Getting up to speed and into shoes: Below average
01:18:12 | 23.56 miles | 18.08 mile/hr
Age Group: 20/22
Overall: 68/80
Performance: Average
Wind: Strong
Course: It was a fairly nice course, but definitely difficult. There were a couple of sharp turns which had a bit of sand and gravel which you had to be very careful on. The only other problem was to very long hills, which it didn't matter who you were, it would slow you down.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:47
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:25:21 | 03.1 miles | 08m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 21/22
Overall: 70/80
Performance: Average
Course: Same course through the woods as the first run, but without the extra loop to lengthen it.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
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: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2009-04-26 11:43 PM

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Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
Subject: 13. Sportpark Sulzbach-Rosenberg Duathlon

2009-04-28 12:49 PM
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Tampa, Florida
Subject: RE: 13. Sportpark Sulzbach-Rosenberg Duathlon
Sounds like a great job for your first duathlon.  It will be interesting to see how much you improve by the next one! 
2009-04-29 3:05 AM
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Niddatal, Germany
Subject: RE: 13. Sportpark Sulzbach-Rosenberg Duathlon
Not to be a nitpicker, but the entry says "Sulzbach-Rosenberg, NRW". You might want to change that NRW to Bavaria, if possible. Smile
2009-04-29 10:43 AM
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Subject: RE: 13. Sportpark Sulzbach-Rosenberg Duathlon
Nice race. Looks like you caught the bug for sure. Great job on the no smoking too
2009-04-29 12:57 PM
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Norwalk, Connecticut
Subject: RE: 13. Sportpark Sulzbach-Rosenberg Duathlon
JT long time no see!!!  Great race man, that is some fast times!!!  glad it all went well!!  Stay safe, see ya soon!!!

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