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LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Posted Feb 03 2009 1:12am

DUATHLON
3:04:14
RUN: 2.0miles -22:29 / 11:58pace
T1: 2:13
Bike: 16.8miles- 1:30 / 11.2mph ave. / including crash and repair
T2: 3:17
Run: 4.3 miles -1:08 / 15:39 pace

This was my second time to do Galena and I loved it as much as the first.

I was excited. There were no time goals in my head. Just enjoy. I ran into Iron Snoopy and her hubby at T2 setting everything up. She was alittle nervous about the downhills but I knew she'd love the bike. Bino was a great help getting everything ready to go. He checked my bike over and added air to my tires.

RUN 1 -The start was 1:04 after the beginning wave of the Tri. It was interesting to watch. Almost made me want to learn to swim. I felt good on the run going into T1.

T1- It was very uneventful. Easy to find my bike because most were out on the course.

Bike - I started out good. The hills were challenging. When going uphill at about mile 8, my chain came off. I couldn't unclip. When my speed dropped to zero- boom-I feel over into a ditch. It had to be hilarious to see. I got up to put my chain back on. Without my glasses, it was hard to see where it went. I finally got it back on and went to finish the hill then I realized my seat was sideways. I stopped and had to bang it back to position. I finshed up with no problem but lost alot of time.

T2 - Bino was there to cheer me on. Grabbed my water and a GU and took off.

Run2 - This is where I fell apart. My legs wer totally shot. Running a marathon 2 weeks ago was really hurting me. For the first time I wore my HR monitor during a race- my HR was consistantly over 160 even with walking. My goal became just to finish. Bino was there at the finish line to cheer me in.

I've gained alot from doing this and had a great time. This is no doubt on my calendar for next year. Now it's 12 weeks until the Mideast Du. I have a training program that I got off Beginner Triathlete. It starts tomorrow.

Waddling with a scraped up leg and a couple of bruises but still smiling.............

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