Today was the perfect day for a race. We had sun, and warm temperatures which is just crazy for this time of year.
The Multisport Advantage put on a small duathlon today. Honestly, I wasn’t very excited for the race at first. And my reason for not being too excited about it is a little ridiculous.
The plan was to ride 12-15 miles on the Computrainers and then run 5 miles. I was not looking forward to riding inside, getting super sweaty and then running outside in the cold. I was just imagining being absolutely freezing on the run. I know, suck it up, right? Well I did. And it wasn’t bad at all. It was really fun.
The race started around 10am. We rode 12.31 miles on the Computrainers. I felt really good on the bike. I think my average watts was 177 which I was really happy about. I wasn’t sure how I would do because I have been just riding on my trainer at home and basing all my workouts on heart rate. I finished the bike in 39:50. The course had a couple hills, but it seemed flat for the most part.
The transition wasn’t very eventful. I wasn’t sure what the best thing to wear would be. But since the sun was out and I was already warm I figured I would be okay in my tri shorts and running jacket. I also wore gloves. The transition took me 44 seconds.
The run was really fun. We ran from MSA to Autzen Stadium and back. According to my watch, it was 5 miles exactly. It was such a beautiful day, and a great route. I don’t know what the temperature was when I was running, but I was not cold. I didn’t even need my gloves. I tried to run as fast as I thought I would be able to for 5 miles. And I’m happy with my effort. I don’t think I could have gone much faster. The run took me 38:07 which is an average pace of 7:37.
Total time: 1:18:41.
I’m really glad I did this race. It was a good reminder as to why I’m putting in all the training hours right now. My race seems so far off and sometimes I ask myself why I’m working so hard right now. But racing is fun. And even though July sounds really far away now, it’s not that much time to build up my fitness. Long workouts get boring, but today I was reminded that racing is fun and worth all the training hours.