A couple of months ago I bought a Felt road bike. I fell in love with it immediately. It was a 2009 that had been sitting in inventory so I got a great price on it and it was cute! After all, it's all about the cuteness factor! I promised myself if I ever bought a road bike that I would get clipless pedals and would learn how to ride with them and not be afraid of falling over. With half training most of the bonding with my new bike came on the trainer. I had only 4 actual road rides under my belt before today. So my two goals for the race today were to a. finish and b. not crash on the bike.
This was an inaugural event with a very small field, 160 racers total for both distances. I did the Super Sprint which was a 1 mile run, 7 mile bike and 2 mile run. I arrived bright and early (literally I was the first participant there) to find that transition wasn't even set up yet. Better to be early than late, right? Once Mary Sue arrived we headed over to transition to set up our bikes. Having never done an event before I wasn't sure what would be an ideal spot for me. We decided on the last rack very close to the "bike out".
|My purdy bike!|
After we felt confident in our transition set-up we headed to the start line. The Sprint went off first at 8am with 2 waves and we went off at 20 minutes later. It honestly was the smallest start I have ever seen. After the first group went off I took the time to do my PT stretches and I even did a short warm-up run on the advice of my "coach".
I am thankful to the woman that raced me at the end, I've never had anyone fight me that hard at the finish and while it hurt it was kind of fun.(By the way, she was 22.)
|Trying to maintain an even pace before sprinting to the finish|
|This when I kicked it into high gear and passed her. I'm surprised they even got a photo, because I think we took the photographer by surprise with our sprint.|
I'm not going to lie, I felt like a badass after completing my first multi-sport event. So much fun to put yourself out there and try something new. I'm hopeful to get one more duathlon in this year as I prep for my first triathlon in 2013.
Run 1: 9:35
Run 2: 19:11
Overall Finish: 1:04:30