Race: OWTS Super sprint du (2.5k/10k/2.5k)
I always thought that I would never run ATB, the Vancouver marathon, or do a du/tri. I am 3 for 3 at proving myself wrong this year...haha :)
My running still hasn't been up to snuff since the spring, but I figured that this would be a fun event and I wanted to see what I could do at my current fitness level.
Me and Suzi in the transition
Run #1 - started off with a steep hill. This was a omen of things to come on this course :(. I tried to run semi-aggresively, knowing that I had to save energy for the rest of the race.
Run 1 - 14:06 (5:39/km) 22/54
The steep hill
Transition #1 - I took my time.
Heading out on the bike
Bike - I haven't mastered using the bottle holder...I usually end up dropping the bottle when I try to put it back. So, I wore my fuel belt with 2 small bottles of water. This worked fine on my training rides, but the velcro gave early into the bike and it popped off my waist. I caught it, but had to pull off into a driveway to put it back on (I was fortunate that it happened in a place where I could pull over). I know that I am slow on the bike, but I was quite frustrated that so many people were passing me! I passed a few people on the uphills later, but I got blown past a couple of times on the downhills.
Coming in from the bike
Transition #2 - I got confused and put Suzi on the wrong rack :oops: . At least I remembered to take my helmet off!
T1+bike+T2 - 29:17 (20.5 kph) 34/54
Leaving the transition, on my way for run #2
Run #2 - started off slowly. My legs felt like lead, and that nasty hill was there again. I walked up the hill (but so did everyone else around me) and eventually found my running legs. I started passing people. I ran all the way up evil hill #2 and made a good surge to the finish line!
Run 2 - 15:33 (6:13/km) 22/54
Evil hill #2
Official time 58:55, 26/54 overall, 10/21 in AG
It was fun :D But it was hard work. I felt like I was out there MUCH longer than an hour...kind of felt more like a half marathon effort! I guess it's because I'm not used to biking. I need more practice on that, for sure!
Melanie: Sorry, I didn't see your comment until now! I was kind of avoiding my own blog for the past few weeks :P. I'm sorry to hear about your injury!!!