>> Monday, June 08, 2015
Saturday was a great day in St. Paul. My sister-in-law Annie and her boyfriend Matt came into town to race with me. Matt was doing the "standard" distance of Duathlon Nationals in the morning (5K, 21.4 miles, 5K), and Annie and I were racing the "sprint" distance at noon (2.5K, 14.3 miles, 2.5K).
This post will be the night before through the "standard distance" race - I'll be back with my personal race report in the next day or 2.
The night before the race, Matt and Annie were in town, and we went to a nearby park to work on our transitions skills. I've always jumped off my bike IN my bike shoes, but I wanted to try getting out of my shoes early while leaving them clipped in:
After 3 run-throughs, it went pretty smooth.
However, I could NOT get into my shoes quickly when they were on the pedals, so the
race plan was to put my bike shoes on in T1, but then unstrap them coming back to T2
and run in barefoot (based on my smooth run-throughs at the park).
From Instagram: "Good morning from Duathlon Nationals! #USATDU15"
Pre-race tradition. In my new retro shades. Loud. Nice.
Matt running past.
"Former student Jeremy" running past. (#129)
Start of another wave.
Matt starting his 2nd loop on the run.
Another wave starting.
Matt going past the 1st time.
20 minutes later, he went past again (we almost missed him - that's him on the left turning up Ohio).
Looking up the base of Ohio Hill. It doesn't look bad, but it just. Keeps. Going.
Jeremy getting back to transition.
Matt coming back in!
Matt seriously had one of the smoother dismounts!
We watched Matt loop through the park for his final 5K. He looked rough - he looked hot. Before too long, he came to the finish:
He told me he was running so far to the right because he was afraid he would collapse.
And he thought the angled banners on the side could catch him.
The lovers after Matt's race.
Matt didn't feel so great right after his race.
But I didn't really need to point that out now, did I?
No really, THIS is the photo. It's uncropped. This is how he shot it. He's got skillz.
UPDATE: Here's Part II (my race report).