Sunday Jen and I participated in the final duathlon of the Scheels Series. We both came out well with wins in the race and overall series wins. It was a bit disappointing to find out after the race that they decided not to pay out for the series win this year. Earlier in the year I e-mailed the race director and he said they were going to pay out less for the series because they were paying more for the individual races. I didn't realize less meant nothing. I was a bit disappointed because I was hoping to give more to the iHope Foundation but still was happy to earn $300.00 at the final race.
RUN: The first run started out fast as all of these runs have. I've gotten used to it going out fast. Being in the middle of a huge block of Ironman training I wasn't sure what my legs would have in them. I've worn myself out with big loads of training for the past 4 weeks and did not back down for this race much at all. In fact I was so tired on Thursday I had to walk in my long run and pulled the plug after only 11 miles of a planned 20 miler. I was pretty dehydrated and it led to a complete suffer fest the last 2 miles. I woke up weighing 158 after being 163 just 2 days prior. I was sweating heavily and suffered. In the first run of the duathlon I hung back about 10 seconds behind the leader and entered T2 with another guy who was new to the series. I had been told he was one heck of a bike rider being Cat 1/2.
BIKE: About a mile into the 10 mile ride the strong rider went by me. I was able to hang back 7 meters without too much difficulty. I wanted to share the work with him and press the lead on the others hoping to make it a two man race. Every time I would pass him he would almost immediately pass me back. I'm pretty sure he didn't know the USAT overtaken rule but I wasn't upset about it. This was a small race and I was more than willing to let him lead the majority of the bike. I probably passed him 4 different times but each time he would almost refuse to let me be in the lead for more than 20 seconds before passing me back. I sat back the required distance to the end of the ride and we both had super fast transitions heading out on the run. The bike course was brutally hilly which I expected since I did the race last year. He had a faster bike split than me by 5 seconds.
RUN 2: I almost forgot to take my helmet off I was in such a hurry to get out of transition. I was almost out when I noticed my shadow and realized my helmet was still on. I disposed of it just before the end of the transition area. I tried to set a strong pace early and I could tell he was fighting to hang on. I could hear his breathing on my shoulder and I continued to press as the first mile is uphill before returning a mile downhill. I'm not a very strong hill runner being a bigger guy. I still tried to lift the pace and about 1/2 way out to the turn I was able to put some ground on him. I wanted to press hard to see if I could get him to throw the towel in. At the turn I was about 20 seconds up and knew I had done the job. I still pushed hard back and actually ran about the exact same time as my first run and it didn't feel as hard as the first one.
here. I'm hoping we can provide 3 more students this year with an iPad and a $1,000.00 scholarship. THANKS!