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Bridgeman 104 Duathlon - Duathlon

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Gretna, Louisiana
United States
Total Time = 1h 15m 7s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 3/
Pre-race routine:

We arrived about 10 minutes before transition closed. We stayed downtown and drove over to the West Bank for the race. Great weekend...too much food!
Event warmup:

Not much. Dropped of gear in transition and ran about a quarter of a mile then some light stretching. Ran out of time.
  • 16m 45s
  • 2 miles
  • 08m 23s  min/mile

The day started off warm but not hot. It didn't take long for the warm to turn into HOT! And the humidity....I forgot what that felt like. Once out on the course, I fell into my rhythm and the 2 miles flew by.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 01m 33s

Not far from the timing mats to the bike rack, but with 1:33, you would think I took a leisurely stroll. Not sure what took so long.
What would you do differently?:

Hurry up
  • 36m 11s
  • 10 miles
  • 16.58 mile/hr

The race crew did a good job with covering the expansion joints on the bridge. This year those on the downhill sections were textured aluminum instead of the plywood like the incline portion. Made for a faster downhill without the jarring from the plywood.
Transition 2
  • 01m 8s

Once again, not sure what took so long here. Didn't feel like I was moving that slowly. This was my first race to go completely sockless. I think powdering the feet/shoes first might have helped them slide on easier.
What would you do differently?:

Hurry up!
  • 19m 27s
  • 2 miles
  • 09m 44s  min/mile

This was HOT and HUMID! Water station at the turn around. I had to get 2 cups. Felt parched despite drinking my bottle on the bike. Not sure if I was a bit dehydrated from the day before (we spent a few hours laid out by the pool drinking cocktails).
What would you do differently?:

Avoid the sun if I was really serious about racing this event. This is a final small race prior to my 70.3 next month.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, waited for J.S. to finish. Sat in the shade, drank water. Didn't eat although the food looked great...grilled chicken, jambalaya, salad, beer.

Event comments:

Great race crew and support staff. Gretna Police did an awesome job with traffic (course was closed...biked over the bridge on the HOV lanes). Good post race party. Would (and plan to) do this race again next year.

Last updated: 2014-03-27 12:00 AM
00:16:45 | 02 miles | 08m 23s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back through the surrounding neighborhoods.
Keeping cool Drinking
Time: 01:33
Overall: Average
Run with bike? Good
Jump on bike?
Getting up to speed and into shoes:
00:36:11 | 10 miles | 16.58 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Course: Over the Crescent Connection Bridge in New Orleans...TWICE! I forgot what the bridge felt like last year. This year, I went in planning to hammer hard up the bridge and that all fell apart. Just didn't have it in my legs. Not sure if skipping breakfast and forgetting to take a GU had anything to do with it...probably some, but definitely not all.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:08
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:19:27 | 02 miles | 09m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Course: Out and back course along the riverfront levee.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2014-06-10 4:00 PM

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