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Cary, North Carolina
United States
FS Series
54F / 12C
Sunny
Total Time = 3h 06m 3s
Overall Rank = 179/234
Age Group = F45-49
Age Group Rank = 9/18
Pre-race routine:

I went to packed pickup on Friday. I got the packet, asked about the race numbers for the run (do most people pin or race belt? yes,they pull it around for the bike) and got an extra pack of Clif Shot Bloks for the bike. All day Friday I found myself pretty worked up about the race. The Cary Du Classic is the USA Triathlon Long Course Duathlon National Championship for 2016.

I got up early on Saturday morning to walk Zoe and load up my gear. I ate a bagel with peanut butter and had a banana. I was out the door at 5:30 or so and arrived at the race site, USA Baseball, before 6:00. The transition area opened at 5:30 (and closed at 6:45).
Event warmup:

Set up transition. Short, very run. dynamic warm up, strides. Coach Lisa was there and she give me a little pre race talk. Basically, do each leg at a z3 effort.

It as 54 degrees at the start but rapidly warmed to the 70s.
Run
  • 41m 47s
  • 5 miles
  • 08m 22s  min/mile
Comments:

They played the national anthem and lined up the long course men. The men started right on time at 7:00 and they lined up the women. We started at 7:04. The short course athletes were starting later.

I ran a lap of the USA Baseball parking area and headed out on Green Hope School Road before getting on the greenway. We crossed Morrisville Parkway and passed the first water stop (also the short course turnaround). By the time we got to the first water stop, I started to pass some of the men. We continued on Southbridge Greenway which had some notable hills. At the turnaround, I grabbed water and headed back the way we came. I passed people walking the hills. As I got back to Green Hope School road, I could see people starting the bike course and I hustled back to transition.
Transition 1
  • 01m 29s
Comments:

I ran to my bike, donned my helmet and changed shoes. And she's off!
Bike
  • 1h 36m 48s
  • 30 miles
  • 18.60 mile/hr
Comments:

I was concerned about the bike leg in the time leading up to this event. I have not had a lot of time on my bike this year due to marathon training and I don't feel like I have a lot of speed in my legs since the marathon less than a month ago. I pre-rode it the weekend before the race and I am glad that I did. There were two places on the course (one we passed twice) that I needed to pay close attention to my shifting. Overall, I'm pleased with how the ride went. I was faster than I expected to be (granted, there was really no wind to speak of).

I was upset that in the last quarter of the bike course there were three other women near me. They were not riding in a non-drafting spacing. If I passed one, I had to pass all there and then the three of them would pass me back. I'd drop back and repeat. They finally dropped me with about three miles to go. I was very annoyed, especially since one of them was in my age group. That being said, a lot of drafting penalties were issued in this event -- 14 penalties in 234 finishers.
Transition 2
  • 01m 20s
Comments:

I messed up this transition. I racked ran to my rack and as I was pulling my bike in, I realized that I was going to be on the wrong side of the rack to get my shoes! Oops! After racking my bike, I hurried to the other side to change shoes and swap my helmet for my hat. Off I went!
Run
  • 45m 45s
  • 5 miles
  • 09m 09s  min/mile
Comments:

By now it was in the 70s and a good bit of the run course was in full sun. I was hot. I needed a porta-let but didn't want to stop. I just kept moving as best as I could. I wish the legs had been faster but overall, I'm pleased with the effort.

During the second run I encountered some cars on the cross roads on Southbridge Greenway and I kind of wish that there had been a volunteer or signage on these roads. One car stopped and the other one we had a standoff -- both of us paused and then I went when he waved.
Post race
Warm down:

My tri club had a tent there and I joined them after I finished. There was nice food provided by a local Lebanese restaurant/deli and they did a great job as always.

Honestly, I had forgotten how much I like duathlons. I need to make more of an effort to get them into my schedule.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Focus on marathon training leading up to this event. Overall, I'm relatively happy with how this went given my current training.

Event comments:

The organizers did a great job giving this event a good vibe and USA Baseball was a great place to host this event (indoor bathrooms available!). Also, since this was USAT's Long Course Du Nationals, it was very appropriate to have it at the USA Baseball Training Complex.


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Last updated: 2015-12-02 12:00 AM
Running
00:41:47 | 05 miles | 08m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 12/18
Overall: 179/234
Performance: Good
Course: 2.5 miles out and back with small rolling hills through the park and communities/greenways.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
T1
Time: 01:29
Overall: Average
Run with bike? Good
Jump on bike?
Getting up to speed and into shoes:
Biking
01:36:48 | 30 miles | 18.60 mile/hr
Age Group: 13/18
Overall: 176/234
Performance: Good
Wind:
Course: Modified 2 loop course featuring fast, flat, rolling and climbing sections and views of Lake Jordan.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 01:20
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
00:45:45 | 05 miles | 09m 09s  min/mile
Age Group: 8/18
Overall: 179/234
Performance: Average
Course: 2.5 miles out and back with small rolling hills through the park and communities/greenways.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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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2016-05-16 12:19 PM
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Great job! Looks like you had fun and did pretty well considering you're just coming off of Boston.

I'd say your bike time was pretty darn good!

 

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Originally posted by rrrunner

Great job! Looks like you had fun and did pretty well considering you're just coming off of Boston.

I'd say your bike time was pretty darn good!

 




AGREED! Bike time pretty damn good!!

Great job out there. I like dus too.





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Great job!!! Congrats on an enjoyable day.

2016-05-16 1:52 PM
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Running twice?!  Crazy lady!  Just kidding.  Great job out there, and yeah, your bike time was far from horrible.  Congrats!

2016-05-16 1:54 PM
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Great job! Glad you didn't have any wind on the bike, although it certainly got warm quickly for you, didn't it? Way to go!!


2016-05-16 3:45 PM
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You're a machine!

Glad you got to re-discover how much you like these events - always fun.

Congrats on a great race - marathon training or not!

Matt

 

2016-05-16 3:46 PM
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Nicely done!! What's with no cops or volunteers at the cross streets?!  Your bike looked great, as did your whole race!

2016-05-16 5:35 PM
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Great job Janyne and I love the new avi (which I'm guessing came from this).
2016-05-17 6:19 AM
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Great race and a nice report. Neomonde at the finish?!? That's the best! I was disappointed after Beaverdam because they were a sponsor but there was only pizza.
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You make me want to do duathlon!!
Fantastic report and great job with the race. I like the last picture: "now, what would I like to do next..."
I'm glad you had fun.


2016-05-18 12:47 PM
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Originally posted by marysia83 You make me want to do duathlon!! Fantastic report and great job with the race. I like the last picture: "now, what would I like to do next..." I'm glad you had fun.

I did spend some time searching for duathlons after the race.  Sadly, there's not much out there. :-(

2016-05-18 12:48 PM
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Originally posted by jmkizer

Originally posted by marysia83 You make me want to do duathlon!! Fantastic report and great job with the race. I like the last picture: "now, what would I like to do next..." I'm glad you had fun.

I did spend some time searching for duathlons after the race.  Sadly, there's not much out there. :-(




I've got the feeling they are getting more and more popular. Just like triathlons.
2016-05-19 2:47 PM
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Nice job Janyne! It's great to do something like a du to remember that you like being out there! 

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