>> Monday, May 23, 2011
Or, "'Team Happy Pants' Goes For Two in a Row."
Or, "A Romp in the Mud."
Matt, Angela, Pharmie, and I headed out to the Gear West Duathlon yesterday. Matt and I were coming off our come-from-behind win at the Oakdale Duathlon a week ago. We were going for another relay win: we've placed 2nd the last 3 years in a row, and we were HOPING for a win ONE of these times!!
Matt and I (Team Happy Pants) pre-race
Me and 37-weeks pregnant Pharmie!
We chatted with a TON of old race buddies, and worked our way to the starting line. Wave one was the male and female elites:
"ON YOUR MARK, GET SET,..... GO!"
I took off with a "guy who looked like a runner" right on my tail:
After some time on the road, we turned onto gravel. It was "puddle-y" and a bit nasty. Then we hit the grass which had BIGGER puddles. Nasty. The other runner was on my tail. I missed the first mile marker, but I hit mile 2 in 11:42 - I was pretty happy with that considering the squishy, muddy, uneven conditions.
I started catching some elites just after mile 1. I ran past a lot of females that I knew, and that was fun! I said "HI" to those who I could. And I tried not to splash any mud their way.
I pushed it into T1, and I realized that the new run course was a little short. (Well, not "new," just "adjusted" because of the horrible conditions.) If the run wasn't short, I ran a 5:12 for the last 1.1 miles in with poor footing. Nope. Short. But I'm not complaining.
I was the first relay team into T1, and the other runner was only about 30 seconds back. I came storming through T1 towards Matt:
Sweaty boobs running towards Matt
Matt taking the timing chip
Matt heading off on the bike
The 2nd place relay team heading out after Matt
(with Suzie and Kortney throwing on their helmets)
Matt was out there working. He said he got caught by the biker in the last photo after a few miles, but then Matt passed him right back after a few miles. They went back-and-forth a bit.
I was back in transition talking with my wife and some friends. I had to get a photo of my sweaty boobs:
With mud-splattered arms
And a muddy and sweaty back
Patrick Parish and Dan Hedgecock
Ready to dismount
Here's kind of an awkward photo, but it shows what was going on at that moment: The first place team is changing chips to the far left, Matt's girlfriend Angela is watching him run into T2 in the middle, and I'm taking his split while waiting for him to run up to me:
Grabbing Matt's chip
Last weekend, I caught the runner that Matt and I were behind within the first mile. I went out to get THIS runner as soon as I could! I ran the first run faster than the other team, but maybe he saved TOO much for this final run and was going to SMOKE me. I needed to reel him in QUICK.
I took off down the 400 meters of paved road before we hit the gravel, and Nick was at the bottom of that hill to grab a photo:
I was able to pull up along side of the first place relay runner as we looped through the grassy sections near the swamp. Tiffany may have gotten a photo of that. But then the other runner pulled ahead again. He went thought THEE puddle near the swamp, and he went DEEP. I didn't know where else I could go to make it easier, so I just followed him.
Finally, before the last loop through the trees, I passed him on a gravel section. I was really afraid that he'd be able to out-kick me, so I tried to put as much space between him and me as possible! I ran slick, uneven, and soupy mile 2 in 6:11. I came up the nasty gut-busting hill, and then had to do 1 lap around a gravel track before heading to the finish. (We had to do that loop at the end of the first run too.) I was WORKING HARD! Here I am with about 500 meters to go:
The other relay runner JUST behind me
Trying to hold off the relay team in yellow!
Pushing to the line!
Hitting the line
Feeling dead, congratulating the other team
(there's lots of carnage in this photo)
Hannah watching me not puke
Team Happy Pants = Steve Stenzel & Matt Linder
2.83 mile run: 16:54 (5:59 pace), 1st team overall, 7th individual
T1: 0:31, 1st team overall
17.4 mile bike: 44:15 (23.1 mph), 3rd fastest team, 25th individual
T2: 0:32, 2nd fastest team
2.51 mile run: 14:58 (5:58 pace), 1st team overall, 4th individual
1st out of 8 "male / male" teams
1st out of 20 teams overall
Note: the race was listed as having 5K and 4K runs, but the results had the "correct" distances listed, which were 2.83 and 2.51 miles.
Pharmie grabbed a photo of me chatting with Charlie while covered in mud:
Kerry walking through transition post-race.
I love the line where his chip was!
Nasty socks once I took off my shoes
Thanks for reading everyone! Have a great week!! (Oh, and scroll down to Friday's post to enter a giveaway if you'd like.)