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Du the Bear aka Du the Muddy-buddy

Posted Oct 12 2009 10:00pm

It's no secret I suck at running... I mean I try not to suck, and I have improved, and therefore suck less, but I still suck.

Du the Bear was my first Duathlon. I figured it had lots of running and that's what I needed to focus on. Instead of running my scheduled 7 miles for my Saturday Long run, I ran 5, figuring I'd get 4 more on Sunday, plus the bike.

I was happy when I woke up, expecting to have great weather for racing. We lined up and it had been misting already. The Guys started, "and they're off." The Women started and the skies opened and the rain came. LOL What are you gonna do?


But even after the rain, running 5 miles Saturday morning, a gait analysis, Maggie at Kola working on my hip AND being on my feet for 4 hours volunteering at the 10 Miler packet pickup I had 2 of my best race runs, ever! Both runs were sub 13 minute paces.... like 12:30 and 12:40 -- pretty close splits, so that was kind of cool. Typically the second run is a couple minutes slower.

Maybe there's something to that being on your feet all day!

The bike was okay. I mean it was raining, wet and yucky and riding in rain does nothing for morale. I should have played the lottery though, because I was lucky enough to get stopped by the same cop, at the same light, on each loop (and it wasn't because I was riding at light-speed).

The mud sucked. My one legged yoga moves came in handy, balancing while changing shoes. Lastly, I must be getting faster/better, because there was hot food left when I crossed the line.

I had a little discrepancy between what my Garmin reported and what the race results reported. In the end, it appears that the 5 minute offset for the Athena class was not applied. I would have never been able to prove it, or point it out to them, if my friend's husband hadn't been taking pictures!
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