>> Monday, May 17, 2010
Matt and I decided to revive “Team Happy Pants” a week early this year and race at the Oakdale Duathlon this past Saturday (3 mile run, 13.5 mile bike, 3 mile run). Next weekend we’ll be racing the Gear West Duathlon as a team as well (5K CC run, 17.4 mile bike, 4K CC run).
On Saturday, I got to Matt’s, we loaded up, and he drove us to Oakdale. Here’s Matt getting body marked pre-race:
Customary pre-race porta-potty shot. Not many potties, but never a long wait!
Transition filling up.
My lower back was really sore about 10 days ago, and that pain seems to be slowly moving up my back. My left shoulder / neck has been really sore for a number of days, and I didn’t know how running hard would make it feel. I threw on my racing flats, and tested out the course. I got in a good mile+ warm-up (easy running with some strides), and my back / shoulder / neck felt fine! Good news!
Matt headed to take a duke, and I headed off to the starting line. I chatted with Mike and Mindy. Mike was going to be doing his first du! Then I found Manny, Omar, Marlo, Tracie, and lots of other familiar faces to quick say hi to before starting.
It was a beautiful day for a race! Sunny, calm, and 65 degrees. What more could you ask for?!
“On your marks.... GO!!!”
3 MILE RUN:
Relays were in the first wave with male and female elites. So I knew I’d have a handful of speedy dudes in front of me. I liked that thought: they would be there to pull me hard. We started about 1/4 to 1/2 mile away from transition, and here we are as we got close to the transition area early in the race:
Running in about 15th place.
The pack rounding the first corner.
I moved up a few spots around the middle of the run. There was no marker for mile 1, so I had no idea what kind of pace I was holding. When I came up to the mile 2 marker, my watch read 10:50. So that was 5:25 / mile over those first 2 miles. Good: my pace WAS fast, and that was why I hurt so much!! I told myself to ease up a little, but I still pushed the pace. I was getting HOT, and it was a HARD run. Good effort.
Here’s a shot that Mindy got of me as I was heading towards transition:
I ran up the hill to the parking lot, looped through the cars, and came running to Matt through transition. He had my camera, and grabbed a quick shot of me running toward him:
13.5 MILE BIKE:
I picked up the camera and grabbed 2 shots of Matt riding off as I was yelling “GO MATT” to him:
Getting up to speed.
Photo from later in the day showing the back of the jersey.
After peeing, I snapped a shot of the uneven sweat marks on my sweaty boobs:
Soon, the first guy came into T2. Everyone (including the race announcer) thought it was the first individual. But it was the first team!! That’s the first time I’d seen a team be the first back off the bike! The second biker back was a team as well!! This race was not going to end with a first place finish by Team Happy Pants. Oh well. Still a chance to get in a hard, hard run.
I saw Matt’s bright jersey come over the hill after a few minutes, and I got ready to run!
I took Matt’s chip, he told me to “go get em” (yeah right), and I shot out onto the run.
3 MILE RUN:
I heard Erik and Katie yell for me at about the same time that Mindy was shouting for me. I waved my hand and shouted “THANKS” as I ran by:
I ran the ENTIRE second run by myself. There wasn’t anyone behind me, and I only caught a glimpse of someone in front of me when there was a long straight stretch. I never passed anyone, and no one passed me. It was a good “mental effort” running out there on my own. (If that makes any sense to you.)
I was pretty beat up. I was hurting. But I wanted a good “test run” for the Gear West Duathlon next weekend. So I still went hard. Here I am rounding one of the final curves before heading up a little hill towards the finish:
Flying but hurting.
Oooh. Caught on the downstride. NOT a flattering photo.
That dog’s looking for a hunk of meat, and it’s not finding anything there. ;)
Heading up to the finish with a little visible swass.
#470, Team Happy Pants, Steve Stenzel and Matt Linder
3 mile run: 16:44 (5:34.6 pace)
13.5 mile bike: 35:41 (23.0 mph)
3 mile run: 16:32 (5:30.6 pace)
3rd out of 30 relay teams
3rd out of 9 in the “male relay” category
Over the past 6 years of the race, the “relay course record” was 1:17:47. We SHATTERED that, but there were 2 CRAZY FAST teams there that finished in 1:02:31 and 1:03:50. No thanks. Matt and I could NOT do that!
We were both happy with how we had done - no complaints from us! Here’s a photo shortly after we finished:
Matt seems to be keeping his distance… I wonder why...
Matt standing, Shelley, Katie, and Mark behind him
Hairy, red, and nipply tricep close-up.
Time to gear up this week for the Gear West Duathlon on Sunday!! Team Happy Pants is racing again, and so is my lovely Pharmie. And our friend Jess will be racing her first duathlon at GW too! Should be a fun day!
Have a good week everyone!!