>> Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Even though Matt's not teaming up with me this year at the Gear West Duathlon, he still has my back.
In yesterday's post, I told how Devon Palmer (a local pro triathlete) called me out for a relay race at the GW Du in May. Pete and I (team "Itchy and Scratchy") don't really stand a chance, because Devon is a KILLER cyclist. So Matt mentioned this:
So I had to look back on how Matt and I (AKA "Team Happy Pants") did at the GW Duathlon the 4 times we raced it. Here are our results: (click on the year to go to each year's race report)
5K Run: 18:55, 6:19 pace (2nd fastest team)
28K Bike: 48:32, 21.0 mph ave (5th fastest team)
4K Run: 17:24, 6:34 pace (2nd fastest team)
2 out of 16 teams
5K Run: 18:42, 6:14 (3rd)
28K Bike: 45:45, 22.3 mph (3rd)
4K Run: 17:05, 6:27 (3rd)
2 out of 8 teams
5K Run: 18:53, 6:18 pace (1st)
28K Bike: 43:44, 23.3 mph (4th)
4K Run: 16:53, 6:22 pace (1st)
2 out of 12 teams
2.83 Mile Run: 16:54, 5:59 pace (1st)
17.4 Mile Bike: 44:15, 23.1 mph (3rd)
2.51 Mile Run: 14:58, 5:58 pace (1st)
1 out of 20 teams
The first thing I want to point out is LOOK AT MATT'S CONSISTENT IMPROVEMENT! He improved year after year, and then just slowed 0.2 mph (0:29 over a 17+ mile ride) in 2011, but that was a wet year, so a dry year would have been faster. Nice work, bro-in-law!
The second thing I saw was something Matt and I had been pointing out after each race: our overall team time constantly improved year after year. Hells yeah. Go us.
The third thing I saw looking at those numbers was that with the slightly shorter course in 2011 (because of muddy conditions), I FINALLY broke 6 minute pace for BOTH runs. I don't know if that's possible this year, but I'll give it my all. I may have been faster that year because we had a great "come from behind" race - here I am closing in on the 1st place team over half way into the final run:
Oh, but here's the final thing I looked up. Here are (new arch nemesis) Devon's INDIVIDUAL results from 2011:
Devon in 2011:
2.83 Mile Run: 17:37, 6:14 pace
17.4 Mile Bike: 39:15, 26.0 mph, 1st overall!
2.51 Mile Run: 16:44, 6:40 pace
F*ck. F*ck. F*ck. F*ck. F*ck.