On a whim, I decided to do a duathlon. My friend Chris posted on Facebook, "Who's doing TMS Duathlon this Sunday?" Duathlon? Sunday? I have no plans. I need to get on my bike anyway. I need the experience. Why the hell not? So within minutes, I signed up for the Texas Motor Speedway Duathlon on Feb. 20, 2011 -- 2 mile run, 16 mile bike, 2 mile run.
My first thought as I pulled into the parking lot was, "I bet there is a million dollars worth of bikes here." Oh, the bike porn. So sexy. You can't help but stare.
It was a blustery day! The wind was fierce. It can always be windy at the speedway, but today was really windy. I knew I would have a hard time out there on that bike.
Run 1 - 2 Miles: 15:48, average pace 7:54
Women started in the final wave. The run was 2 loops on the inner track at TMS. I started in the middle of the pack. I wanted to take the first mile a little slower. I finished in 8:06 and felt really good. So I kicked it up for a 7:35 pace for mile 2.
TMS Duathlon Run by smlundsberg at Garmin Connect - Details
T1 - :54 seconds
I wasn't too worried about T1. Grabbed my bike, and off to battle the wind.
Bike - 16 miles: 58:27, average page 16.4 mph
The wind was really rough here. There were times I was gripping my bike so tight just to stay on it. I wanted to ride faster, but that wind was so rough at the front of the speedway.
TMS Duathlon Bike by smlundsberg at Garmin Connect - Details
T2 - :58 seconds
This was the transition I was worried about. Not having been on my bike for 2 months, I knew my legs would feel like Jell-O. I couldn't run to rack my bike, I was worried I would trip and fall. Happy to report, I did not fall!
Run 2 - 2 miles, 16:44, average pace 8:22
OMG, I can't feel my legs? I feel like I'm running through water. My first mile was rough, I just couldn't seem to shake that feeling. First mile was a 8:54 pace. I started getting excited about all the people I was passing. One guy made fun of his friend for being passed by a "girl."
With about .3 mile left, way up front I see an age grouper. I can take her. So I kicked up the pace. I'm on her tail and she doesn't know it. I pass her. She picks it up and I can hear here footsteps right behind me. Oh no, not today, honey. Let's go legs. A volunteer says, "100M for this point." Full out sprint and I'm off. Running at a 6:20 pace, I crossed that finish line 4 seconds ahead of her.
TMS Duathlon Run 2 by smlundsberg at Garmin Connect - Details
And in 1:32:53, I finished my first duathlon. Placed 5th in my age group. If I bike about 1 mph faster, I would have placed. The bike is my weak point, as I just have not spent enough time on it. However, with spring nearly here, there will be more rides in my future.