race reports from a bus, part one

MEGABUS // I-65, between Chicago & Indianapolis — I’m overdue for race reports. Since my last post, I raced the INTENT Tinely Park Duathlon, Ironman 70.3 Racine and USAT Nationals (sprint & olympic distances). I haven’t made time to write about them, but now I’m on a bus for three hours, so here:

INTENT du » so fast, but not fast enough

This was my first duathlon, so by default, it’s a PR. Heyo.

Some thoughts:

• The race was super well-organized, and I’m not just saying that because my coaches and teammates put it on (though they deserve big hugs and lots of cookies for doing such a great job).

• If you’ve ever thought about trying something new, consider putting this race on your calendar for next year. The most common response I get from people when they hear I do triathlons is, “I’d like to do one, but the swim scares the crap out of me.” (It’s that or concern about biking long distances.) Good news, people: You can do a duathlon and totally skip that swimming business. If you do a short one like the Tinley Park race, you don’t have to freak out about distance, either.

• After a fun morning with my teammates & snagging myself some hardware, I dragged my family to the city with me, where we moved all of mine & MW’s crap from one tiny apartment to another slightly-less-tiny apartment. I do not recommend this. I also do not recommend moving the day before a race, which I did last year. On multiple occasions this summer, when chatting about weekend plans, including the week of this race, my boss has (jokingly) asked me, “What the hell is wrong with you?” Answer: Something, clearly. Probably. I don’t know. I have lots of fun, though.

Here’s the race-nerd breakdown of the du

run one (2 miles)

I’d consider doing another duathlon, but holy adrenaline, starting a race with a run was all sorts of difficult. I knew I shouldn’t go out too fast. I knew other people would be revved up and spend too much early on, so I had to be patient. I knew I’d feel the urge to bolt off the start line, because a two-mile run isn’t much, right? Man, it’s a lot easier to focus on what you’re doing when the race starts in the water and you can barely tell what’s going on with everyone around you.

bike (11 miles)

PSA: Having a disc wheel does not give you license to hang out on the left side of the road. I don’t care that you have a nice bike — I’m going faster than you are. Move over.

Besides my frustrations with the multiple cyclists who blocked the passing lane, I had a lot of fun on the bike course. I had the fastest bike split in my age group and had a new multipsport best with my 22mph+ average. Who needs a 10-speed, AMIRITE??? (Me, probably.)

run two (2 miles)

The woman who took first in my age group ran fast enough in the first leg that I never caught her on the bike. I passed the woman who eventually took second place in the last mile on the bike, and I knew when I flew by her that she must be a strong runner to have had that much ground on me in the first place.

Yep. She passed me right out of transition. I’m not that speedy on the run, but I had enough to keep that third-place slot to the end.

I saw a bunch of my INTENT teammates on their ways to some really solid finishes, so that gave me a nice boost for the last leg. In the end, I took 7th overall female (three cheers to my teammate Kelly who won the whole thing). There were a ton of INTENT people all over the podium. Way to go, fasties.

nutrition

I drank Endurolytes Fizz before the race. It was a hot day, and the pre-race drink served me well. As usual, I sipped that from my Lightning McQueen water bottle. It’s for extra speed, obviously.

Afterward, I ate an oatmeal apple Hammer bar, because I was HUNGRY, and those are so delish. Even after a short race, my stomach is growling (after the feeling of “oh my god I’m going to puke” passes). I also had some pretzels & chocolate milk, more for my enjoyment than for recovery. Unfortunately, I missed out on the post-race pizza, because I didn’t go for it soon enough. Don’t worry, I made up for it later.

{main image: the team. photo stolen (with love) from the INTENT Facebook page}

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