The Lovely & Talented Mrs. Smith and I were in Boise, Idaho over the last weekend to watch Miss "m" matriculate (with High Honors) from Kuna High School, and when I we knew we'd be there over the long weekend I started looking for a race for us to do while we were in town. The only issue was there weren't any. At least not any straight road events, but I did find a duathlon. Hmmm, I've always wanted to try a duathlon so I asked the L&T about it and her response was that I could do it under two conditions;
1 - Understand that she wasn't going to do it, so don't keep asking
2 - I had to find a bike locally because we weren't shipping my bike (about $200 / round trip)
Those seemed like pretty reasonable conditions, so after finding a rental bike I signed up for the Camel's Back Duathlon - Short Course. A 2k (1.2m) Run, 15k (9.3m) Bike, 2k Run around the Camel's Back / Bogus Basin area.
The weather had been a little iffy, so I was glad to wake up race morning to decent (albeit chilly) weather. The hotel we were staying at served breakfast, so my plan was to go down and get some waffles (a standard pre-race meal for me) only when I got down there all they had available were pancakes! D'oh!! Instead I went with the classics, bagels with peanut butter and a banana.
We (the L&T wasn't going to race, but she was going to go for a run while I was on the bike course so she could get a workout in too) got to the park, found a great spot, and finished with the check in. Like I said, this was my first "Du", but I read enough Tri-blogs to know some of the basics of setting up transition. I think I did okay...
With that all set it was time to line up and get ready to start this thing
Run #1- 13:14.761
I didn't wear my Vibrams for this race (mostly because I was worried about the amount of time it would take to put them on), but I could have! The run started on grass, then went straight to mostly dirt and sand trails on a nice rolling course that had about a total of 200 yards of tarmac. It was fun, but challenging.
Bike - 40:23.771
Two things killed me on the bike portion. Right after the start we began the climb up Bogus Basin Road, spending about the first 2 miles of the bike section climbing up about 1,000 feet, which was bad enough, but that was complicated by the fact that I was on a rental bike that was too small for me (I normally ride a 56cm, the rental was a 54cm) and it was, by my conservative estimate, about 769 times as heavy as my normal bike! It's accurate to say that I didn't really pass anyone who was actively riding while on the climb (I did get by a couple of walkers. Barely), but it's also accurate to say that at no time did I go backwards, so I count it a wash. After we made the turn at the top it was hammer time as I tried to make up for lost clock...
Run 2 - 15:03.740
Or, oh my gawd, I'm going to die! So, like I said, I hammered on the bike to get back some of the time I lost on the climb. Apparently this is a bit of a rookie mistake and now I know why. Wow, my legs didn't want to run. It wasn't that I was completely trashed, I was a little, but not completely, it's just that I'd been doing one thing very hard and now wanted my legs to do something incredibly different with no time to adjust. Let's just say that my gait (if you can call shuffling a "gait") wasn't very pretty but I did finish the course, though obviously much more slowly than on the first leg.
Total Time - 1:12:29.1, I was 19 minutes behind the overall short course winner, and 44 out of 75.I really had a lot of fun, and will definitely try other Duathlons as they make a nice break from just running or just riding. Many thanks to The L&T for Race Day support, and M & m for hosting us last weekend.