>> Saturday, September 13, 2008
Or, “Cannon Lake Duathlon Race Report”
Or, “Total Domination by ‘Team Happy Pants’”
(Race Format: 1.75 mile run, 14 mile bike, 3 mile run.)
I had a great pre-race meal at Snuffys Malt Shop with Mike and Pharmie (the same place we went the night before the LTF Tri). I had a chicken sandwich, a bunch of fries, and part of a strawberry shake:
Those fries gave Pharmie and I HORRIBLE GAS all night!
Got up, ate breakfast, had a good race-morning poo, and was ready to go. It’s easy to pack for a duathlon that you’re doing as a team:
1. Running shoes
2. Race Belt
(If you don’t know why I need Nipguards, scroll down a couple of posts.) So, we picked up Matt and his bike, and headed south to Faribault. It was a dreary, wet, foggy day:
Team Happy Pants!
A few minutes before we started, there was a meeting in transition. Take a look at how FEW bikes there are, and how MUCH space each one has! There was an average of literally 3 bikes per rack!
Then we headed down to the starting line, which was about 200 meters away. Oh yeah, I had changed into the “Bowl Full of Sunshine:”
Sorry for my paleness...
Mark, the race director, stood off to the side and shouted GO. We were off:
Leading the pack on the left
I was afraid that I was going too fast; I didn’t know if I’d be fresh enough for the 3 mile run later on. But I didn’t let up. I just booked it home.
Meanwhile, as I was wrapping up the run, Matt was in transition with the other 3 teams’ bikers. They were in the "team transition zone," waiting for their runners to come running in:
Matt’s in yellow
I came running into T1, about 8 seconds ahead of the next runner. Team Happy Pants was out in the lead:
I'm just on the other side of the guy in green shorts
Matt was off on the ride. It had started raining again. And he said the course was hillier than he thought it was going to be. Let’s just say I was happy that I was able to put on some more clothes, talk with the other teams, and hang out in transition under the tent:
Monica, Mike, Anne, and Pharmie
Mike, be nice to your mother!
I saw 3 guys fly through T2, but they weren’t teams. They were just speedy, speedy individuals. Shortly after the first 3, Matt came running into transition:
Of course I had a dumb grin on my face...
...what did you expect?
I headed out on the 3 mile run. My cheering section was yelling! After about a 1/2 mile, I could finally see the 2nd and 3rd place individuals in front of me. They were 400 - 500 meters ahead of me. I was gunning for them.
Mile 1: 5:46. That was tough.
I turned up a little hill, and before too long, I was headed back towards the finish. That little hill hurt, and I was just trying to hang on. I was BARELY gaining on the 2 individuals in front of me.
Mile 2: 6:05. Dang, I was hoping to keep them all under 6.
Hurting, hurting, hurting. Trying to hold on. There was no way of reaching the 2 individual runners in front of me, but they pushed me nicely throughout.
I was nearing the finish. Matt and I were going to EASILY win the team competition. (We won by over 6 minutes.) Here I am coming to the line:
Cannon Lake Duathlon 2008, Team Results
#728: Team Happy Pants (Steve Stenzel, Matt Linder), St. Paul, MN
1.75 Mile Run - 9:45 (5:25/mile), 1st
T1 - 0:12, 1st
14 Mile Bike - 39:27 (21.2 mph), 1st
T2 - 0:10, 1st
3 Mile Run – 17:47 (5:56/mile), 1st
1st place out of 4 teams
We had gotten first place among the teams, and we had a clean sweep of all 5 categories! We had the fastest run, T1, bike, T2, and run! Sweet!! (BTW, my run times were faster than ANYONE ELSE who was in the individual race. And Matt’s bike time was the 4th fastest among all the individuals.) We both had a great day!
Guess what? I brought the Nipguards to the race, but I forgot to put them on! But, thankfully, because I was wearing a good, tight shirt, I had no issues like last weekend. See? No blood:
(but one of the scabs rubbed off, which you
can see sitting just to the left of the nipple)
Double fisting brats
I dunno what to think of these
So I bought 12 pieces for less than the cost of a 10 piece:
Do they think we’re dumb?!?
And BTW, the official photos from the Half IM last weekend (where I dressed as the Grim Reaper) are going to be up shortly, and I’ll be posting them as soon as I get them. They should be great! Thanks for reading everyone!!