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Double Play Duathlon - Duathlon

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Arlington, Texas
United States
Ironhead Race Productions
Total Time = 1h 13m 41s
Overall Rank = 44/188
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 4/17
Pre-race routine:

Had an almond butter sandwich as I packed up my stuff. Left the house at 5:50am. I got my transition area set up and then looked around for familiar faces. I found Aaron(JeepFleeb), Karen(KSH), Johnny(JBrashear), and Joseph(hoysayif). 30 min, before the start, I took one electrolyte and one tylenol. 15 min, before the start, I did a Gu gel.
Event warmup:

10 min run at a 9:30 pace
  • 21m 47s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m  min/mile

I went into the run wanting to keep my HR at 165. I also used my Tempo trainer to keep my cadence at 90. I was able to get into a good breathing pattern early on. As my HR increased, it was difficult to keep it below 170. 172 seemed too hard and 168 seemed not hard enough. At 168, the two girls in front of me started to pull away. So I settled on 170. Aaron was working the water station and I appreciated the encouragement as I passed him on the out and back. Near the end of the run a fellow AGer passed me. I looked at it as if this guy was now in third place for our AG. So now I need to catch him on the bike. This turned out to be a personal best for a 5K.
What would you do differently?:

Set my target HR at 170
Transition 1
  • 00m 57s

I have my transition area set up so I can grap the bike and run on the right side of it. Somehow I ended up grabbing it so I was on the left side. I just had to go behind the bike real quick. There was a sharp right hand turn as you ran to the street. I just lifted, the front of the bike, and whipped the rear tire around. I did run a little ways past the line to find a clear spot to jump on the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Pay attention to how I grab the bike off the rack.
  • 39m 3s
  • 12.4 miles
  • 19.05 mile/hr

I wanted to keep my HR at 150 for the bike. Again, I was having a hard time getting it down that low. When I did get down there, it seemed too slow. I ended up settling in at around 153. Early on, I passed the guy who passed me at the end of the run. So now I am thinking I am in 3rd for my AG. There were a lot of high speed turns on the course. I carried too much speed into one corner. I ended up in the lane for the cars and fish-tailed my rear wheel when I hit the brakes. About 1/2 way through the bike, I was passed by another AGer. He was wearing a bright orange top so he was easy to keep an eye on. I just wanted to keep him in my sites because I knew I was faster on the run. At the end of the bike, I let him get a little further ahead than I wanted to.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe set target HR at 155
Transition 2
  • 00m 38s

Coming into the transition, there were 2 sharp turns to navigate. Again I just whipped the bike around the corners. I got my shoes changed, put on my visor, and set my Tempo Trainer to a cadence of 86. When I exited the transition, I had made up a little time on Mr. Orange top. He was 100 yards in front of me.
What would you do differently?:

  • 11m 12s
  • 1.55 miles
  • 07m 14s  min/mile

On my previous Duathlon, I had a terrible problem with my quads getting tight on the second run. That is why I went into this race with a specific pace plan. So now I am a little worried because I have gone harder that what I planned. I wanted to keep my HR at 160 and then build toward the end to finish strong. I am watching Mr. Orange top and feel like I am slowly gaining on him. At the turn around, I feel like I have closed the gap by half. Aaron is at the turn around and yells, "Come on Craig, you can run faster than that". I think to my self, I do not know if I can run faster but I need to in order catch Mr. Orange. With about 1/2 mile left, I started to increase the pace. Mr. Orange looks like he is struggling and I feel pretty good. Up the hill, to the Ballpark, I get 10 yards behind him. We enter the the service entrance and I passed him as we went through the tunnel. As I hit the field, I took a quick glance back and see that he had nothing left to catch me. At this point, I am hoping to place in my AG
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, I executed my on-the-fly plan just how I wanted to.
Post race
Warm down:

Hung out in the stands to cheer others to the finish. Later went outside to eat pizza and bagels. Had fun chatting with Karen, Johnny, and Joseph

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I just don't think I could have done this race much faster.

Event comments:

So it turns out I placed 4th in my AG. I was 2 minutes behind, for 3rd place, so there was no way I was catching him. I am most pleased with the fact that I ranked higher in the 2nd run vs. the 1st run and I executed a perfect plan for catching Mr. Orange.

Last updated: 2007-03-04 12:00 AM
00:21:47 | 03.11 miles | 07m  min/mile
Age Group: 4/17
Overall: 49/188
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Time: 00:57
Overall: Good
Run with bike? Average
Jump on bike? Good
Getting up to speed and into shoes: Good
00:39:03 | 12.4 miles | 19.05 mile/hr
Age Group: 5/17
Overall: 52/188
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:38
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:11:12 | 01.55 miles | 07m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/17
Overall: 36/188
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
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

2007-03-20 12:12 PM

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Wylie, TX
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2007-03-20 12:28 PM
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2007-03-20 3:28 PM
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Dallas, TX
Subject: RE: Double Play Duathlon
Great job! That's awesome that you placed 4th in your AG and didn't let mister Orange shirt beat ya!

Sounds like you had a crazy bike ride out there for some parts of the course. I know that round-a-bout that we had to navigate was a little confusing. I think my third time around I said "screw the orange cones" and went where I wanted to.

Wonderful race and it was nice chatting with you too! Always makes for a more enjoyable experience when you see familiar faces!
2007-03-20 8:09 PM
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Dallas, TX
Subject: RE: Double Play Duathlon
Nice job beating Mr. Orange. You never know though, maybe you'll get 3rd in the mail again.
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