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Phoenix, Arizona
United States
DCB Extreme Adventures
75F / 24C
Total Time = 3h 45m 47s
Overall Rank = 214/227
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 9/9
Pre-race routine:

This was my very first event, so I didn't have a routine. But I got there early and had plenty of time to register and set up transition. I was able to find a fairly good place to rack my bike and set up my transition gear.
Event warmup:

Walked around, stood in line to use the restroom! ;)
  • 39m 1s
  • 3.75 miles
  • 10m 24s  min/mile

First half mile was tough as my breathing was more labored than I expected. I think it was nerves coupled with being a bit cold to start. After the first mile I relaxed and enjoyed the trail aspect of the run course. I like trails better than running on asphalt in the city.
What would you do differently?:

I need to run more... I am not a good runner and I avoid training...need to change that and learn to enjoy running.
Transition 1
  • 02m 27s

For first ever event and transition...I think it went well and I made good use of my time.
What would you do differently?:

Take a bucket to sit on to get shoes on.
  • 2h 03m 24s
  • 30 miles
  • 14.59 mile/hr

Overall I enjoyed the ride. The wind was manageable and having been out and practiced the course a couple of times before race day, I knew what to expect and enjoyed the experience. Because I knew the run would be my weak spot, I put out more effort on the ride and did not conserve much for the second run.
What would you do differently?:

I don't know yet. I have nothing to compare it to.
Transition 2
  • 02m 35s

I had knee pain when I got off the bike. I barely walked, let alone ran with the bike into T2. Ate shot blocks/drank and headed out. Also found that when I got back to transition, because I was at the back of the pack, someone had racked their bike in my spot and I had to gently move the offending bike so I had a place to put mine (I had my transition gear laid out too) Frustrating to come in and not be able to get my bike in. :(
  • 58m 21s
  • 3.65 miles
  • 15m 59s  min/mile

Because of knee pain from bike ride, this run segment was painful and very slow. I had to walk the up and down hills, and managed a slow jog on the flats. I had not run this section of the race prior to race day, so the hill at the end (20% grade) was a surprise. :( Considering this, I am glad I did not hold back on the bike ride since this was so slow. I think I used my energy wisely all in all.
What would you do differently?:

As with the first run... need to train more for the run portions.
Post race
Warm down:

Ate a piece of banana and had some water... picked up t-shirt and pretty much packed up and headed out.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training for the runs

Event comments:

i am comparing this event to three other races I attended with my husband. Overall it was not bad, but the registration and finish were somewhat chaotic and unorganized, but it all worked out.

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Last updated: 2012-03-31 12:00 AM
00:39:01 | 03.75 miles | 10m 24s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/9
Overall: 0/227
Performance: Good
Course: Trail run with hills. Because I had done a practice run a week prior, the course seemed familiar
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Time: 02:27
Overall: Average
Run with bike?
Jump on bike?
Getting up to speed and into shoes:
02:03:24 | 30 miles | 14.59 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/9
Overall: 0/227
Performance: Good
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: The first part of the course was good. Street was in good condition with limited traffic. However, the second part was inside the park and the road was very rough.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills: Average
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:35
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:58:21 | 03.65 miles | 15m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/9
Overall: 0/227
Performance: Below average
Course: Trail run...last .5 mile was steep hill... ouch
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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? No
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2012-04-05 8:31 AM

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Subject: Desert Classic Duathlon

2012-04-05 8:38 AM
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Subject: RE: Desert Classic Duathlon
Great job on your first event, especially on a long and difficult course!

Edited by Mikeylee 2012-04-05 8:38 AM
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