On June 10th I participated in the Eagle Creek duathlon. I decided not to participate in the sprint triathlon. Partly because I had only had about 5 pool swims under my belt at the time, but also because I thought the water was going to be really cold! Haha. Low and behold we had a string of warm days before the event and the water ended up being 74°. Oh well.
Looking at last years duathlon results I figured I could place fairly well if the participation was similar. On arrival, I saw one guy that I knew from Strava and figured he would win the duathlon(he did). Everyone else was up in the air.
The first run was a 2 miler. I took off in the front and about 4 of us showed our pace at the beginning. The guy I mentioned earlier was an extra step in front of the rest of us. I stayed in 4th through the run and averaged 6:45 pace. In tranasition I happened to be racked by the guy who was 3rd. I left transition in front of him. And I wasnt even that fast.
I pushed as hard as I was able on the 10 mile bike course. My heart rate never dropped below 170. One guy passed me on course and that was it. He wasnt a duathlete, though. It was a decent bike but I was a little slower than I had hoped. No big deal, back to my run shoes.
I pushed back up the hill out of transition and settled into a pace under 7 min/mi for the 3 mile run. I was hoping for a little more pace but it was all I had. I saw the guy in 2nd place and knew I wasnt going to be able to reach him. I was closing in on him but the gap was too far. Back to the hill at the end and this time it was down hill. I heard footsteps beating behind me and didnt want whoever it was to pass me. I gave all I had left. Whoever it was didnt pass me. I pegged my HR and was fighting back throwing up as I crossed the line. Yes, like really close to puking. Haha.
I finished 3rd in the duathlon. I was happy with my time and know I can work out a few more minutes off my time. I wasnt in great shape this early in my shortened season. Yes, it wasnt a fast field, but I dont care! Haha. I doubt I will be doing the duathlon this year again, but I had a lot of fun and wont say I wouldnt do it again.