Monday, April 27, 2009

Stopped in my tracks..........

Here's the race report from the much anticipated Du Nationals......

Sunday was the short course duathlon national championships in Richmond , 10k run, 38k bike and 5k run. There were about 80 people registered in my age group, the male 30-34. We started at 10:50 am at which time it was starting to get toasty. A top 12 spot gets you a ticket to the short course duathlon world championships in Charlotte , NC this fall.The first 2 miles of the run were going well, I had worked my way into a comfortable 3rd in my AG. That's when the day turned bad. As we turned a corner I saw a LONG train going VERY SLOWLY across the course. We were all forced to stop out in the baking son and wait for this train. The women (who started 5 min behind us) caught us as well, so now we have 150 people waiting for the train and an official with us that won't make a call. The train stops and chaos ensues, people climbing under the train, through the train, etc. I started to follow the crowd and crawled through two cars and got myself nice and greasy. At this point, I was pretty happy! Next thing you know an official drives up on the other side of the train and says "GO GO GO", more chaos ensues as half of the people hadn't made it through the train yet. Needless to say, that ruined my day more mentally than anything else. I finished the run and was going to just quit, but I decided to go out on the bike and just try to finish the race, which would be an accomplishment in the 90+ degree mid day conditions. By the end of lap 2 of 3 on the bike, I was out of water and really starting to bonk. Came into transition and had a seat, drank a water bottle that I had there and walked my way onto the run course. First aid station, I took three gatorades and a water. My HR was through the roof and I couldn't keep it down so I just walked in the shade and ran in the sun. Final "results" have me 21 in my AG. Who knows where that really stands because of the people that took off well ahead of me during the train incident. So much for a national event. You would think someone would have thought to check the train schedule. Should have been on the bus to Boston last week. Some days just aren't your day.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

A lot going on...and introducing our little duathlete!!

Wow, it's April 9 already! Hard to believe Joshua turned two nearly 2 weeks ago already. It's April now, but it hasn't felt like Spring, I was treated to a nasty cold and 27 degrees as I went out for my run this AM. The grass is turning green and the flowers are coming out.....maybe my cold is really just allergies??

Saturday is my first duathlon of the year and the forecast is low 40's and RAIN. GREAT! Speaking of duathlon, training for the nationals is going well, however I'm getting a little to acquainted to my trainer. At this point I'm also entertaining just going up to Boston and running. Will it hurt my Du Nationals race, probably. Will it be fun, definitely. We'll see. Lauren would like me to go up and I have transportation and a room???

On another duathlon note, Autumn has been coming down to watch me finish my workout (and feed the dog) on the trainer in the morning. So last night when I took my race bike off of the trainer, she thought it would be a good idea to put her bike on and do some training herself.....















Then she decided to go for a run.......















She was pretty pooped after that, so she decided to show us how she takes Joshua for a ride in his tractor......