Raced the Twinsburg Short Course Duathlon this morning put on by Mickey Ryzmek and North Coast Multisports. The course was the same as it was when I raced it two years ago so I knew the runs were going to be fast and the bike was going to be challenging with the early hills and the long grind in the last few miles. I was really just expecting to get some good fast running in and a strong bike during this race working on high end fitness rather than putting any pressure on myself and going out super hard and since I'm not a duathlete, I was perfectly fine with that game plan. I got in a good warm up and didn't kill myself the day before and when we lined up I was ready and feeling pretty good, but you never really know how your going to feel until you get going. The horn went off and a lead group of about 7-8 were ahead of me and I was totally content running at my pace. I hit the first mile at just under 6 minutes and was feeling pretty decent. The second mile came and I was just over 12 so I was consistent. I passed a runner along the way and entered into transition feeling good.
By now it had started to drizzle / light rain so I thought I would take the corners pretty conservatively in the early part of the bike and open it up on the straights since I had my disc on with 140 psi in the rear tire and 120 in the front and I didn't want to wash out on the slick pavement. It took about 3 miles until my legs felt decent enough to ramp up the speed and also the first 3 miles seemed to be uphill. I got rolling and passed a few riders and by then I knew I was pretty high overall on the road and I was feeling good so I just kept the pressure on and was hoping for a good second run.
The rain was coming down a bit harder toward the end but nothing real strong and it seemed to be a bit cooler too. It actually felt pretty good since I really don't mind racing multi-sport in the rain and I love running in the rain, not bike racing in the rain though.... I came into transition quick and was soon on the second run and feeling good. I was running out of T-2 when a few people said I was sitting 6th overall, hmmm, not too bad..
I did this race two years ago and was 6th overall and 1st in my age group as well, but I went over 4 minutes faster this year, goes to show how the competition has stepped up and I would like to say I have gotten a little faster too in my "old age" Don't count us old guys out just yet!
Great racing everyone and see you all at Border War.