Considering weather patterns in the NW in April are relatively unstable, this first race is always questionable. In fact, I have only ever started this race once before and ended up dropping out because I could not stop shivering when I got off my bike. Lucky for me, this weekend was exceptionally beautiful!
I'm not a huge fan of duathlons, but none-the-less I was very excited! It was also exciting to be in Wenatchee, I adore that town and all the people there! The turnout was a little less than what I was expecting, especially considering the weather, but the competition was fierce!! We headed out on the first run and by the time we got to the turn around, I realized the course was much hillier than I remembered! Despite the little hills, I felt strong and smooth, coming in 4th I think.
My transition was terrible! Note to self, PRACTICE!! Once I was finally on my bike I marked my first target. After a while of chasing, I realized I was never going to catch that guy and my strategy turned into just hanging on and to not let anyone pass me. For the first 1/3 of the bike, my legs were on fire and I didn't feel comfortable until the last 1/3 or so, and by then I felt unstoppable! The only thing bad about ending my bike leg on a good note, was it made me dread the upcoming run.
No biggie, just 3 more miles of running, woof! I felt pretty good after about the 1st mile, then by the start of mile 3 I tried to push it a bit to see if I could pass someone and my hamstrings felt like they were on the verge of cramping. So again, I backed off a bit realizing I didn't really need to push it that hard on the first race of the season. Of course, I knew the person behind me was running very strong, so I couldn't exactly back off either. Before I knew it the race was over and I ended up 3rd overall (including guys), which was my goal - yay!
I couldn't have asked for a better start to the season!
My thanks go out to everyone that put on the Apple Capital Spring Duathlon, all the participants, my Mom and Jeff for the wonderful pre-race meal and undying support, SET Coaching (my coach), Wenatchee and all my friends and family for supporting me ALL the time!