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St. Marks Duathlon - Duathlon

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St Marks, Florida
United States
60F / 16C
Total Time = 2h 00m 45s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Karl woke me about 5:30. I had b'fast and then gathered up my drink for the bike and threw my running bag in the truck. K had already loaded the bikes (What a Sweetie!) and we checked to insure we both had helmets and bike shoes.
Event warmup:

We arrived early and unloaded. Met some nice people. We ran to the bathrooms which were further than we thought and missed the pre-race instructions. But our nice new friends Adrienne and Nevada explained things to us.
  • 10m
  • 1.24 miles
  • 08m 04s  min/mile

The men began 3 minutes before the women so I kissed K and they were off. We waited and then we began. This was a very small race and I feel like there were only 30 or so of us women. I took it slow and easy and just settled in. I was worried about the bike so I needed to have plenty of energy.

At the end of the run, the official clock was at 12:xx so I realized that we hadn't done 3K (which I was thinking) and realized it must have been 2K. Now as I log, I think it may have been more like a mile instead of 2k.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing - I went ez.
Transition 1
  • 02m

There was no chip timing so everything is a guess for each stage. My sunglasses were fogged up and I wiped them three times before I felt they were ok. I don't think I'll ever be fast in T1.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe worn my sunglasses on the run.
  • 1h 08m
  • 16.77 miles
  • 14.80 mile/hr

I took a drink about 1/2 mile in and then dropped my bottle. Stopped to pick up and realized I had to unclip which was a moment of panic for me. 3 girls passed me as I retrieved my bottle. Then I awkwardly began again (I really am a bad cyclist) and continued on.

I forgot my Garmin so I had no idea where I was at any time. I passed sweet little Nevada and later another woman who looked like she was "so done" with the biking. I was thrilled to see the turnaround and resolved either negative split it or at least not loose much time on the 2nd part. I passed several more people and even one man. I concentrated on standing some times to work different muscles and tried to break up the cadence some to let my legs work different muscles. Near the end, I dropped down to the small chain to spin and again drank.

My time was much better than I could have hoped for. The flats were nice for me.
What would you do differently?:

Train more. Learn how to ride with clipless pedals. Not drop water bottle. Arm warmers (must remember them next time). And train more. Maybe I shouldn't have tried to pick off a few people. Get in aero more. And train more.
Transition 2
  • 01m
  • 00m
  • 3.1 miles
  •  min/mile

I was toast. The PF was bothering me but I think that either I went too hard on the bike or (more aptly) went too long on the bike for my fitness. Not exactly a great run for me.

I was thrilled to see K coming in as I was going out; he would finish sub 1:30 so I won our bet. I ran, if you can call it that, and then had to walk much more frequently than normal. I tried to limit the walk to less than one minute. The man I passed on the bike passed me early on.

Near the end, I made a turn and then wondered if it was correct because the road was different than our "out" road. The lady behind me said I was correct so I figured it was one of our extra loops. At the end of the road, I began looking for signs to turn and saw nothing. Turned around and saw that two other women had followed me down the road and had just been turned around by a biker who had finished his race. I turned and followed them back but the mistake allowed at least 3 women to pass me and maybe more. It wasn't anyone's mistake but my own; I was too foggy to pay attention to the directional sign that pointed straight. And 2 women behind me were also too foggy to notice!
What would you do differently?:

Obviously paid more attn to the directional signs.
Post race
Warm down:

Lots of orange slices and talked to our new friends.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

LACK OF TRAINING!! Yes, I've had PF issues and that slowed me on the run but I should have overcome the mental hurdle(s) and gotten on the bike more. The PF can be seen as a way to make me stop running as much and get on the bike - but did I do that? No.

I'm glad to have done my first DU but next time, I'd like to more ready.

Event comments:

This was a very low key race with few participants. I heard some people complain about lack of hype but hey, I was glad that someone organized it and put the race on for us. The course was very marked (despite my stupidity) and volunteers or police were at the critical places.

Last updated: 2013-02-13 12:00 AM
00:10:00 | 01.24 miles | 08m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: Flat roads in the town of St. Marks
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Time: 02:00
Overall: Average
Run with bike?
Jump on bike?
Getting up to speed and into shoes:
01:08:00 | 16.77 miles | 14.80 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Flat out and back thru St. Marks with police cars at the two intersections and the turnaround.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:00
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:00:00 | 03.1 miles |  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Course: Flat course in St. Marks with some extra loops for the 2nd run.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Ok
Course challenge
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2013-03-20 5:00 AM

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Tallahassee, Florida
Subject: St. Marks Duathlon

2013-03-20 8:32 AM
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Subject: RE: St. Marks Duathlon
Way to go on your 1st duathlon.  Now you are ready for your triathlon coming up soon.  I am very proud of you!
2013-03-20 11:11 AM
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Cairo, GA
Subject: RE: St. Marks Duathlon

Pink Socks - 2013-03-20 6:00 AM

Awesome job Pam! You did plenty better than me as I never even started the race, but I paid for it. Maybe this was enough to get your head in the game for Red Hills!

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