So yesterday I raced Duathlon Age Group Nationals in Richmond, VA. The race went pretty much as I had hoped. Everything was clicking on race morning.
I managed 5th place out of 55 participants in my age group 30-34. Overall I was 62nd out of 1,000 participants including Male/Female.
The first run was a blistering 5k. I pretty much stayed in the top five through the first run. I ran a 17:34 min 5k which results in a 5:39 min/mile pace. I was very pleased with that.
The bike split I wasn't so happy with. I did it on my road bike. I really need to invest in a TT bike. I averged 23 miles/hr on the bike. The distance was a 38k. My bike split was 1hr 2 min. Coming off the bike I went from 5th to 7th place.
The last run was another 5k. I was able to reclaim the two spots I lost on the bike and went back to 5th. My second run split was not as fast as my first. My time was 18:43 min. Still good enough for a 6:02 min/mile pace.
My total time was 1 hr 40min including transiton times. So the moral of the story, get a time trial bike and do better on the bike portion.
The best part was the end of the race: FREE BEER AND PIZZA OHHHH YEAH!!!!