Sunday, October 2, 2011

Duathlon Race 5 – Richmond Race Report

This morning saw me complete my first Duathlon along with first as a Tri Alliance team member and loved every minute.

It was a little cool in the wind but nice in the Sun, I got there early spoke with coach Sarah while getting the team tent up before heading over to registration and collect my race pack then proceeded to place stickers on the bike and helmet along with putting the timing chip around my ankle. I then proceed to rack my bike and setup my transition area. Shoes on bike – another first for me, bike on the rack seat first another first.

Caught up with Sheridan and Lidia who also where setting up their transition areas. We worked out Run Entries / Exit’s, Bike Entry and Exit then we headed back to the team tent to drop off our bags and talk about how to use our Garmins in Mutli-Sport Mode. We made a call to do a quick warm up a little run up along the course along with approx 10 other team mates until coach Sarah came along to told us to be aware that we would need to do another warm up closer to the race. We head back to hear the race briefing and take a team photo.

Team Pic

We then all headed down to the start line first off was the sprint group and approx 5mins later the Dash group (us). The horn sounded and we all took off, during the run we saw more Tri Alliance guys out on their long run. Thumbs up and cheers from everyone at the run turn around I was holding a very nice sub 5min pace back up to the cross country bit heading back to transition, holding a good pace but happy with the race so far. I hit transition area swapped the Garmin to Transition mode, off with the shoes, socks and run visor, on with the helmet and grabbed the bike out to the road over the Mount line couple of hops and jump and on the bike and away we go, Garmin to bike mode and slipped the feet into the bike shoes, another first! I powered up the hill to the turn around and back again. Powering fast and hard with a 29.9km average speed. I had to complete two laps as I came back to transition area for the 2nd time I had one foot out but didn’t get the other foot out until the very last min due to a turn into the dismount line so I didn’t get to swing the leg over correctly. Oh well there is next time. I run back into transition, Garmin to Transition mode racked the bike off with the helmet back on with socks, shoes and visor out and for the final run and changed the Garmin to run, back down the cross country trail from the first run down to the turn around and back. High fiving all the team on the trail run. Got back to finish with the team including coach Emma cheering the team over the line. My time 33m 38s as per my Garmin.

Me on the bike

The team cheered the rest of the team over the line for both races. The Team collected 5 medals for the day.

Team Winners

We are looking good for Tri Season and it was a day of firsts for me, and my Plantar Fasciitis did not play up during race in any way which I am happy about but slowly, slowly no really long runs yet.

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