Join Date: May 2005
Location: North Bend, WA
Bikes: Cervelo Soloist / Cervelo P3
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Good job, barleyrocket. If Saturday morning was anything like Sunday morning, getting into the water was a blessing. It was downright chilly waiting in line Sunday morning to pick up race packets.
I signed up for Black Diamond wanting to try an olympic distance race, but after some consideration, I opted for the olympic duathlon (bike/run) instead of the tri. Since this was my 4th multisport race in 6 weekends, my weekdays have been more devoted to recovery and maintenance, and doubling the swim distance over last weekend's kirkland 1/2 mile swim (which was a doubling over the races before it), seemed a bit much.
The duathlon start was in time-trial fashion, with 2 riders starting every 15 seconds. I started in the 8th pair, and after passing a few people stayed in the top 10 for most of the leg, fading 3-4 places towards the end as I backed off a bit for the run. The 25 mile course had about 1200 feet of total climbing but even so I came in at 1:14, averaging just over 20 mph for the first time of the 4 races - I had a really good (enjoyable) time on that leg. I didn't have any cramps on the run this time, but there were parts of the run where I was more uncomfortable than I can remember being for a long time, but somehow I just gritted my teeth and didn't stop or walk - came in just over an hour.
Thsi is the last multisport race of the year for me. I signed up for a local 5K run next Sunday, and then the switch to my usual XC ski race training is on for real.