There were times after I registered for the Olympic distance duathlon that I questioned what I was thinking. Pretty sure I thought I'd fail or not have enough time to train. Then there were a couple of bricks that went so smoothly I plan to try to incorporate a few of those into my marathon training for the remainder of the season. I loved the early morning rides then runs on the trail & I am glad I did them. I did a really terrible job of chronicling them here but I did keep them up to date on Daily Mile. I am a pretty bad blogger.
I had a lot of questions about what to expect at this race and I was very thankful for a quick session at Fleet Feet Sports Columbus with Coach Aimee Friday night to learn more about what to expect over the next couple of days. She calmed my nerves and made me realize I would be crossing that finish line - whether I believed it or not.
I went up and racked Trudy on Saturday and felt weird leaving her there overnight. Since I was there early in the day, there were not nearly as many people there so by the time we got there Sunday and it was full, it was a little bit surreal.
|Me, Amy & Sarah. Pink not planned.|
|We had a beautiful start to the day!|
From there we headed into the bike transition area. I kicked off my sneakers, dropped them into the bag and regretted not just have my bike shoes already clipped in. I was in and out of transition pretty quickly and on the road faster than I expected. The first many miles were challenging with little rolling hills throughout. I had not really looked at the course so I just went with the flow. I was excited that my cadence meter was saying I was pulling 20MPH on average and hit 30MPH at one point or another. I was pretty happy with that kind of performance! There was one road that literally had a line in it every couple of feet that made it pretty bumpy! This was also where a stupid woman in a car pulled out in front of me, ignored the cones and almost hit me. But I survived with a bunch of cursing and turned the corner to Indianola where I saw a rider down. Thankfully he is okay - posted on the event's Facebook page that he had a major crash but is recovering now. From there, we were downtown before I knew it and there was a mark that said "dismount here!" I dismounted, ran into transition on my clipless shoes, looked at my arm to remember my number then headed to my spot!
Transition may have taken a little slower here then I would have liked because someone double-knotted the bag I left last night and I couldn't get in it at first. The results say this transition took me 4:16 and I don't know how. Either way, I headed out to the exit to hit the 10K part of the course. I saw all kinds of people I knew spectating as we got started and I must admit - I felt pretty good. The first mile surprisingly was my fastest - I am not sure if it was all of the people and the cheering but I got out to a less then 11 minute mile. I racewalked the entire 10K which took us on a mini-tour of Columbus where we got some amazing views of downtown. If cell phones weren't an auto DQ I would have snapped at least one picture. We could not have asked for a better weather day. Towards the end of the 10K, I was ready to just be D-O-N-E! Two bikers passed me and said "you've got a mile to go." And I said "Carry me?" I really didn't need them to but it sure seemed like a good idea at the time. As I headed back towards the finish, an awesome friend was standing just where I needed her telling me that it was just around the corner. That last little bit was a 10:20/mile. I may or may not have been running - I don't know.
I crossed the finish in 2:52:03 which is a full 24 minutes shorter than I predicted when I registered!! According to the final results, I placed 3rd in my age group (small field) and 9th for women. I'll take it even if it was a small field! When they handed me my medal, it felt awesome and then we headed to the tent to get the special bicentennial medal I earned for finishing both Cap City Half & the Giant Eagle Duathlon.
|Good thing I ordered another medal holder!|
One of my favorite parts of this race was all the support at the finish since the other races had happened, there were people there cheering us on! Being welcomed back after a long race by your friends has to be the most awesome feeling ever!
|Amy's hubby told her to look tired!|
All in all it was a great experience. Would I do it again? Absolutely. That was my first reaction when I finished! Will I do a tri? Maybe.....if I can get over the idea that I can't swim! I am my own worst enemy on that subject!
Would you want to do a multisport event after reading my recap?