>> Monday, May 03, 2010
Or “Oh, The Wind Won’t Be THAT Bad, Right?...”
Saturday was the kick-off of multi-sport season in MN! It was the Cannon Falls Duathlon in Cannon Falls, MN. Matt, Pharmie, and I were all heading down. We knew there were going to be a LOT of people there that we knew! We LOVE that!
I got my typical “pre-race potty shot” in the porta-johns:
Right after taking this photo, I put the camera down and pushed out a good one
Matt and I finishing our warm-up, running back to transition
Matt M and Katie doing their first team du
High-school buddy Tim and I
Mark got on his bull-horn and started the race. “On your marks... get set... [bull horn noises]”
2 MILE RUN:
One of Pharmie’s college roommates came to watch, and she took a TON of great photos. Here we are about 60 second into the first run, and I was running in about 8th place:
From the left: Mario, Omar, and me
I came running into T1 in 5th, but I’d later learn that I was right behind someone on a team, so I was 4th overall at this point. I started zipping up my leisure suit jersey to be ready for the upcoming chilly ride:
I threw on my helmet, grabbed my bike, and I was off:
It’s not often you see a guy in an aero helmet wearing a baggy t-shirt during a race!
I was off on my ride:
Matt running out of T1 (ready to try out his new wheels!)
Sarah ready to ride
An empty transition zone while everyone was riding
At the turn around (mile 7), my average was 24.3 mph. I have NEVER seen numbers like that. Call me naïve, but I was really hoping the wind wouldn’t be TOO bad when we turned around........
HOLY CRAP. I. HAVE. NEVER. FELT. WIND. LIKE. THAT. IN. A. LONG. TIME. Turning into the wind was like riding into a brick wall!
It was bad. I went from staring at the upper 20s on my bike computer, to the lower teens. I couldn’t stop pedaling to get a drink of water, or the wind would stop me in my tracks. I was going up a gentle, gentle hill, and I was in my granny gear. De-press-ing. I saw Matt, Katie, and Pharmie after the turn-around. And Julie and Tim both passed me shortly after. They both laid down GREAT bike splits!
Overall bike averages:
- Mile 3.5: 22.9 mph
- Mile 7: 24.3 mph
- Mile 10.5: 20.5 mph
- Mile 14: 19.4 mph
It was disheartening out there. I just wanted it to be done. Like a watching a Matthew Mcconaughey movie. Alright, alright, alright. I said hi to Sean near the end of the ride, and I was HAPPY to be done as I rolled into T2:
Mark watched me hop off my bike at the “dismount line” and then run my bike into transition:
Running his bike into T2
Matt running hard out of T2
Running out of T2
Sporting her new Sugoi tri suit
So, we were all running. I saw Matt M as I headed out on the run, as he was waiting for his teammate / girlfriend to get in from the bike. ** EPIC PHOTO ALERT!!** Jess snapped a photo at the PERFECT time as I ran out of T2. I had JUST grabbed a cup of water from a young volunteer, and the water seems to be exploding out of the cup:
Awesome! (Plus, the leisure suit jersey looks SWEET here!)
Swallowing that water hard
No “Slow Children” jokes. Please. ;)
Nearing the turn-around, I saw Julie and shouted to her. She said, “Come catch me, Steve!” I still hadn’t seen Tim, my high-school buddy. He was just a bit in front of me at the turn-around, and he shouted (in a very “Tim” voice) “Come get this assssss!” as we met. He was a good “rabbit” for me to go after. Just like Kevin at my half marathon 10 days ago, Tim was the friendly competition I needed out there to push myself hard!
Over mile 2, I caught about 10 runners, and I caught Tim around the mile 2 marker. We chatted for a moment. He said he was putting down better run splits than he thought! Nice work, Tim!! I pulled away and just tried to go hard over that last mile.
I saw a ponytail a few 100 feet in front of me at one point, and I knew I had a chance to catch Julie. She had told me to catch her, so I figured I’d give it a shot. ;) I ran past her in the final section along the river, and I shouted my support to her.
I emerged from the trees running hard:
Closing the gap
Making the pass
Heading into the chute
(Note: The results are still being worked on by the race management team. My results are “normal” [and they match my watch], but some people’s splits are strange. I know that 2 women did NOT run sub-5:00 miles for the second 3 mile run. I also know that someone who ran an average of 12:00 / mile over both runs did not put down a 31.4 mph average on the bike [she’s female too]. So I’m pretty sure my overall place is right, but the place in my individual divisions might change a bit over the next few days.)
Steve Stenzel, bib 147, age 29
2 mile run: 11:35 (5:48 pace), 4th overall
T1: 0:37 [16th overall I think]
14 mile bike: 42:54 (19.6 mph) 31st overall
T2: 0:32 [9th overall I think]
3 mile run: 17:39 (5:53 pace), 5th overall [I think]
Total time: 1:13:14
12th out of 207 overall
2nd out of ?? [around 10] in the 25-29 age group
I’ll be back with more photos from the rest of everyone else’s finish tomorrow! And thanks for all the great photos, Jess! TWO “Epic Photos” in one report?!? That’s unheard of!! ;) Thank Jess! (and Katie!)
Back with more soon! Have a good week!
p.s. Pharmie actually got her race report posted before I got mine up! Check it out!