Sunday, April 23, 2006

My first duathlon

Today I raced in my first duathlon. It was a long course event and consisted of an 8K (4.9 mile) run followed by a 60K (38 mile) bike ride and then another 8K run. This race was the National Championchip race for long course duathlons so there were some very fast people racing. Needless to say, I didn't score near the top of my age group at this one!

Overall, I was quite happy with my race. My goal was to run a 7:30/mile for the first 8K and then an 8:30/mile for the second. A second goal was to not have to stop and walk at all on the second run. I achieved both goals. I could not have done that last year. All this training is really paying off. As a bonus, I had a really good bike ride. I ended up averaging 20.9 MPH for the 38 miles...I'll take it considering how bad the winds were (up to 25 mph and in our face).

The training will continue. This race was a great way to get my taste for competition. It's been 6.5 months since I last raced. I sure did miss that feeling. Can't wait for the next one.

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