Then, with Jeff and Karey in the car, the conversation turned to Karey's inability to change a flat tire. Hmmm...my previous plans were immediately scrapped and I would be going all out for the first 5k. What if I didn't get the chance to run the second one? (Note: In a duathlon, the rider is responsible for any bike issues that come up. For example, the woman whose chain fell off right after she went across the timing mat at the start of the bike leg, had to hop off her bike and get it back on herself. If a spectator would have helped her, she would have been disqualified.)
|No, we're not holding hands.|
|We didn't swim, not sure why we had to get tagged.|
|Dilly dallying at the start.|
|The super fast leaders were way in front of me, but a cool picture anyway!|
|Out to the neighborhood|
Karey had her bike off the rack and was ready to go! I touched fingertips and wished her good luck.
|She got out of T1 just fine.|
|Have a drink of water...|
I ended up in the pool's lobby, where it was nice and warm, for the last 10 minutes of my wait. I could see S at the street, who could see Jeff a little bit further up the street. Those last 10 minutes of her ride, Karey got soaked in the rain.
|Karey, wishing the rain had held off for my run!|
Another female duathlon team got out just ahead of us (they ended up taking first place). My favorite part of T2 was cheering Karey through the transition, and hearing our competition cheering her, by name, as well. Female athletes are the best.
|Trying to stay dry at T2|
Crash was hovering at a little over 8:00 minute average pace. I decided to chase after another woman, in blue, who was way in front of me. I also wanted to finish under 8:00s. Unfortunately, this woman in blue went straight with about 3/4 of a mile to go, instead of turning right. The
|Just follow the big yellow signs, not as easy as it sounds...|
We knew there were only three duathlon teams, so we had to hang around and get our bling. S wanted to skip it, but luckily Jeff was driving and wanted us to get the medals. We were told it would be an hour wait, so we left and got some coffee. I was amazed we could get in and out of the start area so easily.
When we returned, the finish times were posted. Hey, second place isn't so bad. The third place team were twenty somethings, so we had that going for us. The award ceremony had already taken place, but we did get our medals, and they look good!
|Woo hoo, second place!|
I had a few questions on my race day outfit. Since most people were biking and swimming as well, no one else wore a running skirt or long socks. I felt so special. Here's the breakdown:
Running Skirts socks and skirt.
Ink N Burn arm sleeves
ALO tech tee from Family Fan Club (enter my giveaway HERE to win a gift card and make your own custom shirt)!