>> Monday, May 24, 2010
(Part 1 of 2)
Matt came over yesterday morning, and he drove Pharmie and I to the Gear West Duathlon. It was WARM and STICKY out! As we were unloading the car about 2 blocks from transition, we were already hearing about the car in the middle of transition. Someone had parked at the school Saturday morning, and transition was set up around them on Saturday night for the race on Sunday!! Have you ever seen a sedan in the middle of transition?
The car becoming even more engulfed by transition
Tiffany, Pharmie, and Jess in line for the potty
Me, Pharmie, and Jess walking to the start
Starting on the far side
Peter (team runner), Jenny, Cathy, me (in the back), Jen, someone I don’t know, Julie, a bit of Catherine, some of Jan, and Julia
Running on the far side
Here’s Pharmie starting in a later wave as she came running past transition at about the 1K mark:
I was happy to get out of those trees and into some moving air!! I hit the grass again, and soon I was running towards the last, little, b*tch of a hill just a few hundred meters before transition. Here’s a photo I took of it later in the day:
I ran up to Matt, and he took the chip and headed off on the ride. Apparently, I had pulled away from Peter (one of the other team runners) in the last 1/3 of the run. He was on my butt for the first half of the run, but he came into T1 about 30 seconds after me.
17.4 MILE BIKE:
Matt was riding. I caught my breath and grabbed my camera to get some photos of other people I knew in the race.
Jenny heading out of T1 as the first female (with Cathy Y in the background)
Julia (swimming buddy) heading out, with Julie H behind her
Soon Pharmie came running out of T1 with a pack of guys:
Getting clipped in and ready to ride
Soon local rockstar David Thompson came running in from the bike. He FLEW off his bike and into transition:
Matt turned in a GREAT bike split, but he came running into transition about 5 minutes after the first place team. There wasn’t any way to make up that much time. I was just ready to hit that final run hard. I grabbed the camera to snap a few shots just before Matt got to me:
Flying off the bike
So the second run is 1K shorter, but they just take off the EASY 1K on the road and leave us with the rest of the trails. Yeah, thanks. ;)
Heading out of transition, a kid working the water stop said “Do you want to be splashed?!” I was warm, so I said “Yeah, splash me!” He nailed me in the chest with a cup of water, and it felt good. But then, the 3 kids behind him all nailed me with cups of water too, and that SOAKED my “bowl full of sunshine” shorty-shorts. And we all know what happens when those shorts get wet: they turn to cling-wrap and become see-through. Thank goodness most of that run is out in the open with no one around. Time to dry out! ;)
With all the little loops on that final run, I saw (and cheered for) lots of people: Cathy, Kerry, and Suzie among others. I had a pretty good push on that final run, and I felt like I was turning in a pretty good time. I hit that b*tch of a hill just behind a pack of guys. Here I am a few hundred feet past the top of that hill, and a few hundred feet from the finish:
Yes, we’re about ready to run though a flock of flamingos.
No, I don’t know why.
Hey! My eyes are up here! (Sorry!)
My nipples and I running past Matt
Hitting the line just behind Jason
Team Happy Pants = Steve Stenzel, Matt Linder
5K run: 18:53 (6:18 pace), 1st fastest team
T1: 0:32, 2nd fastest team
28K (17.4 miles) bike: 43:44 (23.3 mph), 4th fastest team
T2: 0:25, 1st fastest team
4K run: 16:53 (6:22 pace), 1st fastest team
2 out of 12 teams total
2 out of 4 male / male teams
So that makes 2nd place for “Team Happy Pants” the last 3 years in a row! The good news is that our times are getting better! We did the race in 1:25:55 two years ago, and 1:22:41 last year. So 1:20:25 this year is still a great improvement! We couldn’t be disappointed with second place when we turned in splits like that.
Here we are shortly after we finished our race:
And it was CRAZY to see this:
I’ll be back tomorrow with more photos from Pharmie’s race, as well as some more photos of some of our friends that were racing out there. Thanks everyone!
(p.s. I posted a quick article about the race along with more photos on my examiner page. Click here to check that out. Thanks!)