26 Apr 2010

Off-Road Duathlon Nationals

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Post Race

Post Race

Duathlon National Championships were held in Richmond VA this weekend, off-road on Saturday and on-road on Sunday.   I had the honor of racing (the off road) with my husband and good friends Eric, Franky, Chris, Titus… (many friends raced Sunday like Brett!)  and happily nobody injured anything terribly.   GREAT JOB FELLAS!

Race day dawns and you wake up feeling as good as you possibly can considering life and your taper and previous training and sleep, etc etc.  And you just never know what can happen to you ON race day nor DURING the race which has NOTHING to do with planning and good preparation.  For example, Pierre broke his chain early in the race on a short steep climb resulting in a crash, minor arm flesh wounds and a ruined race.   BUT he fixed his bike, got back on and had a TERRIFIC training day, crossing the finish line with a big smile!

Which takes me to my revelation from this race on Pierre’s behalf.  Enjoy your training, enjoy the journey to fitness and peaking for a race or event.  What happens on race day may be not what you envision, so if you put all your value on the results of this one day then you may set yourself up for dissapointment.  Don’t just kick *&^% on race day, train with that passion and that same intensity and focus during all those months before that one single day.  Take your fitness training as seriously as you do on your big day;  eat right, get enough rest before hand, be always hydrated, and remain focussed on quality of training, and enjoy every experience of gaining a healthier, stronger body!!!

My race was a terrific experience of self-torture and suffering on purpose.  The distances were 7.3 mile run, 20 mile mtn. bike, 2.5 mile run.  I put myself on the front of the pack so I can count how many women pass me so I know what to shoot for in the bike, how many girls I need to pass to get into the lead before the second run.  The gun went off and within a half a mile I was 4th woman, not a great place to be in my books.  But I noticed that a few of those girls didn’t have laces that are quick to get off and on, you know those YANKZ laces that you don’t have to do up and undo.  So I thought they weren’t as serious as me!  he he.  I passed one lady just coming out of the transition onto the bike, the next a few minutes later, but it took me FIFTY THREE MINUTES to catch the first place female.  She hung on to my wheel too, until we transitioned for the last run.  I however noticed that when I passed her on the bike (and pointed at her and yelled “YOU ROCK LADY!”) that her face was beet red and she looked pretty extended.  So biking hard from that point on, luring her to push herself on the bike harder than she had been, was sort of my tactic to wear her out for the last run (it worked!).  We got into transition at the same time, but my transition was much faster (by half a minute or so) and then surprisingly my legs felt great and I ran those few miles 2 minutes + faster than this little 26 year old =) .
The Big Four-Oh

The Big Four-Oh

The guy running the commentary on the microphone came right over to me at the finish line and asked me how I, a FORTY year old, could win the national championship duathlon, and I whispered in his ear “I’m STILL 39 DUDE!”

So there you have it, an old woman like me can have a good fitness balance, strength and endurance, while juggling a very busy, wonderfully demanding life of family, career, and responsibility in many levels and degrees.  YOU TOO can maximize on your fitness, seriously if I can do it YOU CAN!!  I hope you do and feel how awesome it is to do your version of running fast and hard off a long bike ride to the finish line!  Fitness feels GREAT!
Podium!

Podium!

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