Here is my recap of the Esprit de She Lakeville Duathlon. I was planning to have just one blog entry to recap it but as I wrote this I realized that one entry was going to be way to long so I have broken it up.
This past Sunday I “competed” in my first duathlon! I put quotes around competed because it wasn’t really a competition for me, I just planned on finishing. And I did that!!! So in my book, I am the winner!
Early last week I started to get nervous about the du because of weather. The weather people had been forecasting that there would be storms for Sunday. Not good!!! What made me nervous about that, wasn’t the storms so much as my lack of training and how that would be compounded with rain and wind. Then on top of that, I was also a little concerned about my hip, I had still been experiencing some discomfort and was worried that the run or ride to cause it to flair up again.
I monitored the weather very closely on Saturday because I knew if there was lighting the race would be postponed or even canceled. I was constantly checking the website and Facebook to see if there were any updates. Finally at about 7pm on Saturday night, I made the decision to packed my bike and other necessary racing items in Ellie (my vehicles name, yes I named her! Ellie the Equinox, cute right!). While packing everything, I decided that I would not to pack my clip in bike shoes. I am not confident with them and felt that I would rather take the disadvantage (if you use clipless pedals – yes, they are called clipless even though your shoes clip in – you get better power transfer and efficiency, so you are not working as hard) as opposed to falling on the wet roads. I knew the landing would be as soft as the last time I had fallen because I couldn’t get unclipped fast enough (I fell on grass that time).
I got ready for bed and set my alarm for 3:40am (EARLY!!!) then watched the weather one more time before heading to bed. I could hardly sleep that night, between the trips to the bathroom because I wanted to ensure I was hydrated for the next day and the concern that the race could be canceled or postponed, I slept about 3-4 hours total. When the alarm went off on Sunday morning the first thing I did was check for race updates. I was happy to see the race was on as planned!
I didn’t do much to get ready since I knew it would be raining and I would be sweaty so I wet my hair down & put a headband on, put my clothes on that I laid out the night before, made my shake and I was out the door.
I drove to Lakeville (40 minute drive), thinking the whole time that I should be nervous since I had only rode my bike about a mile in preparation for this race and I would now be riding it 11 miles, but I wasn’t. I got to the parking site, got my stuff together, and was on my way to set up my transition space.
I got to the transition area and the volunteers made sure that my bib matched my bike sticker and those items matched my helmet sticker. Then they wrote my age (33) in permanent marker on my calf as well as my bib number down both arms. I really liked that they were super secure about the transition area since I was leaving my bike there. Setting up my transition space went well, I knew that my bike needed to be hung by its seat and that my other items should be on the opposite site of the chain and gears on the bike. I was really happy I had thought to bring a plastic bag to keep things dry if it was raining. I just wish I would have brought more than one but I made it work.
I did a once over to make sure everything was in its place. It was, so it was time to make the trek over to the starting point. It was a 10 minute walk over to the start, I just prayed that rain could hold off until I was done with the bike portion of the race. On the walk over to the start I was realized how windy it was and wishing I knew the area better so I could know how that would impact the bike ride.
Next time, the first two miles and the bike ride…