Well, this was the first official race of the 2011 for me. I have been in the pool, on the trainer and running in warm clothing for the past couple months so it would be interesting to see how the first attempt at racing in 2011 would go. It was a chilly 34 degrees out at Bear Creek Park to start the race. The duathlon was a 3 mile run, 15 mile bike, 2 mile run. My first run went pleasantly well – averaging 6:30/mi. I was the 2nd female to come into T1. Jumping on the bike without any arm warmers or gloves was a HUGE mistake. I froze on the bike and my wattage output surely showed, as I got passed by 4 other women on the bike (which I was not happy about). Coming into T2, I knew I had to make up some time. My T2 time was 34 seconds. I felt great going into my last run and passed 2 women in the last half mile. I ended up averaging a 6:35 pace, shivering.
I finished 1st in my Age Group and 6th overall female.
My friend Kim was my sherpa that day and was a great one at that. She was completely clueless about the triathlon/racing scene so this blew her mind that so many people get up so early to do multisport and race in such frigid conditions.