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Ann Arbor Duathlon

 
First duathlon of the year!  I really look forward to these events because it is a nice change of pace.  I get to bike and run at the same event.  Plus the Ann Arbor Duathlon run portions are trail runs so that is a fun change also.  After arriving at the event, getting my packet, and getting my transition area setup I walked around and talked with some of the other participants.  I discovered that for the first 2 mile run portion of our event we would not be on the trail like last year.  We would be doing two one mile loops around the park.  That did not sound fun.  I watched the first wave of swimmers that was doing the Triathlon head off into the water and then headed over to our start area.   At the start of the first run portion I kept a fast pace since I was knew I only had to run 2 miles before getting on the bike.  My Garmin was giving me a pace of around 7 minute miles and that was what I wanted.  I got a gel pack and some water and then exited the transition area with my bike.  Once I was roiling on the bike I did my best to keep a fast pace and take advantage of the nice down hills.  This course has some good sizes up hills but you usually have come speed leading up to them so they are not that bad.  The road was rough in a few spots so swerving to avoid holes and keeping my eyes on the road was very important.  After entering the transition area off of the bike I got another gel pack, more water and then headed out.  The jelly leg feeling was in effect from the bike but it actually felt easier than I had remembered in the past.  I was off down the trail run portion and enjoyed the change of scenery.  I did my best to not walk on the run portion, (I only walked at the water stops), ran up the hills, and blazed down the down hills.  Going down some of the down hills where gravity is in control was a little scary but definitely made the run exciting.   I felt like I passed a lot more people on the run portion than I had last year, but I made sure to tell them all “good job” as I passed.  I received a lot of thank you’s and “go get em” responses back.  That “go get em” response I think actually made we want to run faster and I think it did help.  Down the final stretch of the run I tried to run as fast as I could and leave it all on the course.  I crossed the finish line with a time of 1:47:23 and 2nd place in my age group.  That time was 2 minutes better than last year and one place in my age group better than last year also.  My running times were most of the improvement with a very small improvement on the bike portion.  I think I simply need to ride my bike more since I was top in the runs in my age group but last on the bike.
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June 12, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized

3 Comments »

  1. Al, second in your age group, way to go! When will you give your body a rest?
     
    TNT Coach Ken

    Comment by Downtown | June 13, 2007 | Reply

  2. Ken, I will be getting about 7 days off starting today due to Lasik surgery.  7 days of no running or biking.  Will I survive?

    Comment by Al | June 13, 2007 | Reply

  3. Wow, the duathlon sounds like a load of fun.  One of these days I will be brave enough to try a duathlon or a triathlon.  You have been so busy since Bayshore!  I hope the Lasik went well and that you enjoyed your break.  Happy running!

    Comment by Unknown | June 20, 2007 | Reply


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