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NANKIN MILLS DUATHLON - Duathlon


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Detroit, Michigan
United States
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Total Time = 1h 44m 32s
Overall Rank = 63/165
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 15/23
Pre-race routine:

I stayed with my sister who only lives 10 minutes from the course. :) Ate a cliff bar on the way.
Event warmup:

Arrived on site at 6:30. Picked up my chip and got marked, set up my transition area, did 1/2 mile run. Found Jean (Rennick) and her hubby Dwayne 10 minutes prior to start!
Run
  • 21m 52s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 03s  min/mile
Comments:

Ran strong. I could have ran a faster pace but I had trouble with my footing. As it was, I rolled my ankle 4 or 5 times. Yikes.

Worse though, I was nipping at the heels of another runner for much of the closing 2 miles. We were going about the same pace so I really couldn't pass him, but I was so close behind him that I had trouble navigating the trail. I did catch him once we exited the forest. :)
What would you do differently?:

Not much. I felt solid!
Transition 1
  • 00m
Comments:

HUM. The race website doesn't list T1 and T2 times. I had noticed during the race that there was only one timing pad. HMMMM.
What would you do differently?:

I suck in transitions. :)
Bike
  • 1h 00m 20s
  • 18.64 miles
  • 18.54 mile/hr
Comments:

OUCH. I suck at biking. EVERYONE passed me on the bike and I passed NO ONE. My freakin' chain popped off when I shifted into the big gear at mile 3. I had to pull over and pop it back in...DNF crossed my mind, but it fell back into place rather fast.

I could tell that I've improved on the bike though. :) So, yeah, I'm disappointed, but improvement is happening - just not as fast I would like!! Plus, I've never biked better than I am now. Heck, I actually used the big chain ring for the race! ;)
What would you do differently?:


Transition 2
  • 00m
Run
  • 22m 21s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 13s  min/mile
Comments:

Ran well, and reeled in 13 competitors. I would have caught another 6 or so but I ran out of time. Damn bikers! I SO wanted to run faster - and I did have the energy to give - but I couldn't because of the footing.
What would you do differently?:

Not much.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, talked to my sister, saw Dwayne finish. Wasn't all that tired.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The bike! The cadences of the racers that passed were UNBELIEVABLE. Easily twice my own. Yikes. I was using rat cages... however, once I got home I pulled the trigger and ordered clips/pedals, cleats and shoes. Hopefully this will help!!

There were a TON of fast people at this race (the main sponsor was BIKESPORT). A TON of people were low 6's on BOTH runs. I won't mentiont the bike again... ;)

If I had posted an OK bike split I would have gone top 10 in my AG.

But, I'm getting better and Du's aren't my forte. :) My second run split/place for this race and Willow has me VERY confident for tri season though!!

Event comments:

The lack of timing pads and transition times are troubling. Plus the race coordinators offered NO race day sign up!




Last updated: 2005-05-23 12:00 AM
Running
00:21:52 | 03.1 miles | 07m 03s  min/mile
Age Group: 9/23
Overall: 37/165
Performance: Good
Course: Course was a CC type route. Not much elevation change but lots of winding turns and NARROW paths. Had a few spots where we had to high step through tall, wet grass.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
T1
Time: 00:00
Overall: Below average
Run with bike?
Jump on bike?
Getting up to speed and into shoes:
Biking
01:00:20 | 18.64 miles | 18.54 mile/hr
Age Group: 17/23
Overall: 106/165
Performance: Below average
Wind: Cross-winds
Course: We did two loops. Course was hilly, but VERY smooth!!
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 00:00
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
00:22:21 | 03.1 miles | 07m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 7/23
Overall: 24/165
Performance: Good
Course: Same as route as the first 5K.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2005-05-24 6:06 AM

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2005-05-24 6:40 AM
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'bout time this race report showed up.  Glad you had a good race. It was fun having someone to cheer for in addition to Dwayne. I was also quite surprised that they didn't break out the transition times, which sucks. The guys at the front on the bike were really strong. They were really flying coming into the turn-around.

Sorry the pictures aren't great-first day with the digital. I should have brought my SLR, but I wasn't thinking.

Forgot to tell you guys a somewhat funny story. Right after the first wave started, we walked back to the transition area, and as we were walking back, there was a sound like a gunshot--someone's tire popped. It was funny watching the Bikesport guys run through every rack, checking all the tires to find it and get it fixed before the guy came to get his bike.

2005-05-24 8:07 AM
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you still had awesome times, despite the rat cages! great job.
2005-05-24 12:31 PM
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Good job! I raced it too, but have yet to put up a race report. I was weak on the bike too and need to improve on that as well as my bike to run transition. It took me the first mile of the second run to find my running legs again. The new pedal system will definetly help you.

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2005-05-24 12:32 PM
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Oh, also, your transition times are figured into your running splits. So you actually ran faster than your times indicated.
2005-05-24 3:38 PM
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Greg, you are such an awesome runner and really improving in the bike.  I'm so jealous at how close your avg min/mile splits are between the two runs.

Sharon



2005-05-24 6:45 PM
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Way to kick butt Greg!  Very fast runs and very impressive bike time.....and like you said last time, du's are faster!
2005-05-24 6:54 PM
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Way to go Greg! As usual, your running times rock. How'd you like mixing up your stride to avoid all the stupid roots and ruts. The bike will come...sounds like there was a LOT more competition in this one! All those fanatical miles you're putting in will see to that. 18.5 mph is very very respectable given a hilly course! I am still so very impressed at how little your run degrades from the first 5k to the 2nd. Truly shows your strength in that sport. Congrats!
2005-05-24 7:57 PM
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Great race, Greg!  Glad to see you finally broke down and went clipless!  Let us know when you fall over in them
2005-05-24 8:03 PM
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Yeah,  I saw some pictures from the race.  Very fast people there...I bet you noticed all the aero helmets,  disc wheels, fast bikes etc

You can only get faster man  

2005-05-25 12:04 AM
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You had a fabulous race Greg!!  You just Rock!!


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