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Scituate Duathlon Recap + the Podium!

I’m sorry if this sounds conceited… but I”m getting used to the podium and I like it! I’m just really proud of myself for making it onto the podium at every race in 2014 (besides my Ironman). My husband even says that he expects me to be on it with each race that I do.  Something to think about going into Mont Tremblant next year!

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This past Sunday was the Scituate Duathlon, a local race just south of Boston.  It was my first ever Duathlon and I didn’t know what to expect. Wait… you want me to run BEFORE I bike? Hmm interesting concept. Here was the course breakdown:

  • 2.0 Mile Run
  • 10.3 Mile Bike
  • 2.3 Mile Run

The goal was to go at 5K race pace for the first run, as fast as I could during the bike and then again, as fast as I could during the second run.  The transitions were supposed to be as quick as possible and the entire race was pretty much intended to be done at MAX effort.

Race day was a gorgeous fall day with temps in the 50’s. We drove to Scituate, about an hour’s drive from where we live, and parked about 1.5 miles from the race start.  I had to bike to the start (a nice little warm up) while Todd took the spectator shuttle.  No parking was allowed at the race site.

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Once I got to the race site, I picked up my bib and set up my transition station.  Again, SUPER weird not having a wetsuit, goggles, a swim warm up, etc.  I felt lost without having to get ready for the swim. While getting ready, I realized that my Garmin 310 XT was NOT charged like I thought it was… in fact, it was completely dead!  Well, there was nothing I could do.  At first I was pissed, but then realized this could be a good thing!  I have always wanted to race without a watch, and what better way to do it than with a short race.  I would just go ‘all out’ and see that that got me for a time. Plus, at least I had my computer on the bike. I actually put it in my pocket (my bike computer) but never looked at it during the run.

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Before I knew it, it was time to toe the line at the race start.  All of the men went first, followed by all of the women (67 total).  There were no age group starts, just mass gender starts.  I moved my way to the front of the women, knowing that I wanted to go out FAST.  Unlike the swim start, I am VERY confident with a run start (if only I could be this confident when swimming!).

I raced in my HOKA Cliftons for the first time and LOVED them! I honestly think they contributed to my speed:)

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Run # 1 (2 Miles)

As soon as I heard ‘go!’ I was in the front of the pack. I was seriously flying… not knowing my pace, but moving my legs as fast as I could. I passed a bunch of men, and that was fun.  For the first time in a while, I went on how I felt for the first time ever and didn’t pay attention to my time or heart rate.  As I was running those first couple miles, there were no other women near me.  Even as I turned around, I couldn’t even see one… I was definitely gaining some distance. I was the first female and thought maybe others would catch me… but they never did. 

I finished the 1st run as first female, that was awesome. I knew a few fast girls weren’t far behind. Especially this girl that was warming up on her fast bike with race wheels and a disc… I had neither. The thing with a short race like this, if you get passed on the bike, it will be hard to catch someone with just 2 miles in the second run. 

Run # 1 pace: 5:48 min/mile, 11:36

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The Bike: 10.3 miles

I had a pretty fast transition into the bike, except like a dummy I dropped my bike computer and had to pick it up (I took it off my bike at the start thinking I might want it on the run, but never used it). I grabbed my helmet, threw on my shoes and was on my way. At about mile 5 , ‘fast bike girl’ passed me, crap! She was flying. The course was rolling hills, a few of which I came out of the saddle. The bike went near the ocean, so beautiful! I was going all out effort , my quads were on fire. I’m not used to going all out in the bike so it was a bit of a wake up call. I was going 23-25 mph on the flats but the hills slowed down my avg speed. I finished the bike at 20.1 mph pace. I wanted closer to 21 but I’ll take it. It’s hard riding fast when you just ran two miles at 5:48 pace. Talk about a wake up call!

Bike Results: 20.1 mph pace, 31:01

Run # 2 (2.3 Miles)

Now back into transition for run #2. I had to untie my sneakers and re-tie them, which definitely slowed me down.. Ugh.. Should have put my yankz laces in. This definitely cost me some time.  I also packed another pair of sneakers, but really wanted to wear my HOKA’s for run # 2. 

The second run went by really fast and before I knew it I was at 2 miles, just .3 to go. My legs surprisingly felt good, but I could tell I wasn’t keeping that 5:48 pace from before. I was hoping I could catch that fast bike chic but with the short distance it was tough, she was about 1 minute ahead of me. I’m convinced if the second run was longer I would have burned her.

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Run # 2 pace – 6:48 min/mile, 15:34

Total time: 100:49, 2nd Place Female Overall

Overall, loved doing a shorter race. I love going at a maxed out effort I loved not wearing a watch, which wasn’t even my choice. My legs burned, my lungs were on fire, I suffered and it was all glorious. This was definitely an anaerobic race, It hurt so good!

After the race, I did a cool down run for 30 minutes (part of my training plan) and then enjoyed the PODIUM!

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Me & the hubs post race.  He was such a trooper that morning. It was his birthday and he got up at 5:30 AM on a Sunday to come with me to my race:)

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#1 Lesson learned from my first Duathlon, have a faster transition next time!

Have you ever done a Duathlon before? 

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10 Comments

  • Reply Kristen @ Glitter and Dust October 9, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    How on earth do you run a sub 6-minute mile? Can I have some of your speed, please? Did you do any training prior to this for a run-bike-run? I have done a duathlon but it was only a bike start and run finish (half ironman distance). I’d be curious to try a run-bike-run. How did you like the duathlon compared to a triathlon? That was really nice of your husband to support your race on his birthday. Hopefully you were able to celebrate after. 🙂

    • Reply Kristin October 10, 2014 at 7:38 pm

      Kristen, I wish I had the answer for you, but it just sort of happens:) . maybe it’s genetics! I ran one sub 6 mile in highschool, and now I’m started to get that speed again, which is awesome at age 30! I was following a short plan for my duathlon.. just a 4 week plan. I actually did not train from run to bike.. just the typical bike to run bricks. I loved running first before the bike, but I found my legs were fried on the bike! I liked the duathlon, but I think I would prefer a sprint triathlon. I have loved seeing my improvements in the water and I am always striving to be a better, more efficient swimmer. On the other hand, it was really nice racing a duathlon and not having to think about the fear of swimming with a ton of people! Yes super nice of my hubby… he’s the best:)

  • Reply Phaedra @ Blisters and Black Toenails October 10, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Congrats! Duathlons are HARD!!! I find them harder than tri’s for sure! I raced a ton of sprints last year & I’m pretty sure that’s what got me faster all around when it came to racing longer distances.

    • Reply Kristin October 10, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks so much! They ARE hard! Harder than I thought it would be! I agree that sprint races can make you faster all around:)

  • Reply Kecia October 10, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Congrats on a STELLAR performance!! I am super impressed that you ran a 5:48 average for the first leg of the race…OUTSTANDING!!

    • Reply Kristin October 10, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks Kecia! I felt really good:)

  • Reply Lee@tri*inspired*life October 14, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    WOW! 5:48 pace for your first leg?!?!? IMPRESSIVE! Your second leg at 6:48 is also outstanding. I would love some of that speed myself. I have never done a duathlon, but since the swim is my least favorite of the three tri legs, I wonder why I have not signed up for one! Ummm…has me thinking for sure:)!

  • Reply Cassie @ Rural Running Redhead October 15, 2014 at 2:45 am

    Holy cow, 5:48?! That’s incredible. Great race! And you’re not conceited…you earned those podiums; enjoy them!

  • Reply erin October 25, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Hot damn… that’s some fast running! Tell me your sub-6:00 secrets! Way to GO, Kristin! Fantastic race! The podium IS pretty sweet, isn’t it?! 🙂

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