This is going to be my first duathlon race report soo it might be a bit on the wordy side, just humor me!
Oh and enjoy the million pictures, my parents went a little camera happy.
On Sunday, September 22nd 2013 I participated in the Bethany Beach Duathlon.
Duathlon (Run, Bike, Run) 1000 meter Hard Sand Beach Run (.62 miles), 30k Bike (18.5 miles), and 7k Run (4.35 miles)
After making it to Bethany Beach at 11pm the night before the race I set my alarm for 4 am on race day so that I could get my packet and put my bike into the transition area.
I went back to where we were staying since the race did not start till 7:30am. I tried to eat some food beforehand because I knew that I would be exercising for over two hours. I can honestly say that I was super nervous before the race, I could not get anything down.
I had to have a mini pep talk with myself where I reminded myself that I willingly chose to sign up for the race and that I was going to make it fun because no one was forcing me to do this.
Here I am at 7am waiting to use the porta potty. Oh, and I almost missed the start of the race despite getting there 30 minutes before the start. No one was sure as to where the start was since they had three different events going on.
I saw a large group of people standing out about .5 a mile away on the beach and I slowly walked over in the sand to get to them. Let me tell you, despite what it said in the race description the sand was NOT hard. As I was walking to the start my feet were sinking in with each step. Even before I started the race my quads where angry.
I seriously had about a minute to line up with the other people in the race before it was time to start. There is nothing glamorous about running on the beach. I tried to focus on the beautiful view but it was pretty difficult to run in the sand.
Oh, why am I running with a water bottle? Well I forgot to put it with my bike in the transition station. But I won’t lie I was so sweaty from the beach run that I am glad I had it with me!
Yes, I was THRILLED to be done running on the beach!
On to the bike, I will be honest I did not really have a goal for this race since I had never done one before. I knew I was going to finish. And I was most excited for the bike part of the race.
I think I almost took the bike part a bit TOO casually. I was just riding along taking in all of the sights. I did not want to get “tired” biking the 18.5 miles.
I knew that we had one bridge climb and I just took my time and made it up to the top. I am glad I did not have to stop and walk as I saw some people do.
By this point the super fast triathletes had caught up to us and I believe I was passed by hundreds of bikers. I think I managed to pass about two people. I was planning on bringing my Camelback with me so I did not have to struggle with drinking form me water bottle.
I have not yet mastered how to bike and drink at the same time. I paused for a split sec to take some shot blocks. I knew that I needed to fuel during the race and I managed to eat two without falling over.
The bike ride was flat and awesome. I saw a lot of bikers pulled over to the side with flat tires. I am not sure how to fix my own tires so I was praying that I would not get a flat.
Worst case I would just call my parents to come pick me up. The only issue I had while biking was that my fingers kept going NUMB!
I was doing all kinds of finger exercises but nothing really helped. I wonder if it was because I had a death grip on my bike?
It’s never happened before on any of my other rides.
A lot of the people that passed me on the bike were silent but some of them chatted as the passed me. My favorite was the guy that told me I looked strong.
Did I mention that the weather was PERFECT. The race conditions were absolutely ideal. We biked out about 9.25miles turned around and headed back to the transition area. I enjoyed the ride back a bit more due to the lack of headwind.
While I was out biking my parents had a photo-shoot down my the beach! I mean, they had some time to kill before I got back and what better way to spend it than at the beach!
As I was returning I really could not wait to get to the run part of the race!
Haha, I had some trouble getting off of the bike. I really need to work on my dismount. My mom said that she did not think I was going to make it after she saw me get off the bike. Oyyyy!
I could barely walk as I got in to the transition area, but I kept my head down and I just wanted to get in and out.
I was in sucha rush/a bit disoriented that I left the transition area with my helmet on! And seriously who am I texting?
I was actually turning on RunKeeper so I could keep track of the run.
I still had no idea that I had my helmet on. Gosh, I am a huge dork!
When I finally realized I quickly yanked it off and gave it to my dad. How embarrassing! The 4.35 mile run was by far the hardest part of the race. My legs would just not function! I was almost painful to even shuffle. I did not do as many brick workouts as I had wanted to so I knew my run would be hard but I did not expect it to be this difficult.
For about the first mile I walked a lot and for the rest of the run I did a slow shuffle walk. My legs were just not into it. I kept telling myself that I had run the distance multiple times and I really could do it.
I never really thought the finish line would come and boy was it a sweet finish!
A huge thanks to my awesome parents for watching me race, I think they had fun mingling with the other spectators and people watching.
I could not have picked a more beautiful place for my first duathlon! I have never been more proud of myself. However, looking back at how close I was too finishing with the 2 hour mark I think I would have pushed a smidge harder.
The best part is that I was not last! I definitely earned this medal! And I am so in love with the race t-shirt.
Oh and I stayed at one of the race sponsors Westward Pines Motel- clean and comfortable room!
The motel came with a fridge and a mircowave! My mom was mad that I did not tell her because she would have brought more food for breakfast. Oh well! The best part was that the owner let me stay past checkout so I could shower after the race. So sweet of her!
And yes, I am TOTALLY going to do another race!
Have you ever done a duathlon before?