Well I did it! I completed and killed (if I don’t say so myself) my duathlon! The whole experience was awesome and I was so happy to race again.
Everything started the day before. The BF and I left Phoenix for Tucson in time to make it to packet pick up and get body marked. Unfortunately, my dear friend’s (who was putting us up for the night) mom passed away the night before and we found out on our way in the car. There were tons of people celebrating life in their own way, I chose to carb load. Mexican food was catered and I partook in beans, rice, mini chimis, costco cookes, and a couple bites of cheesecake. I ate more than I planned but I was still kinda hungry, or maybe just that I was in indulgence mode?
The next morning we woke up bright and early and made it to the course. I set up my transition area with my bike and found the run start. And by run start I mean the group of about 20 runners in one area waiting for a count down to begin our run. The first run was measured incorrectly and was supposed to be 3.1 miles but my Garmin clocked me in at 1.8. Still I averaged 10:09 min miles so I was happy and everyone else ran the same course so it all worked out.
The bike was torture. It was 20k out and back and the first half was a uphill gradient, with hills, into some very strong wind. I almost turned around. I had not trained with hills or wind and I thought I was going to die. Also the course wasn’t marked and it was open road. There were a couple spots where we didn’t know where to turn and even though I didn’t go the wrong way I met some people who did and were upset that their time incorporated them going off course. The downhill was fun though and my average pace was 20 mph vs. a very slow uphill of around 11 mph.
I slowed down for the second run and chewed some energy chews at this point. They extended the second run to 3.4 miles and I ran that pretty confidently with a 12:34 min mile pace. I was just so happy to be off the bike! All and all I finished in under 2 hours, which was my goal. I probably wouldn’t have done it had the organizers had the correct distance but their fault and my gain :). My friend Paula and I completed the race but not together.
All in all I liked the format and I’m ready to race again! Now I’m glad I signed up for a half in November. I’m definitely motivated! Maybe it’s because I celebrated with pretzels, nacho cheese and beer?
Speaking of beer, my tracker shows me 13 days with out a binge :) I did have some drunk eating last weekend but it consisted of a couple unnecessary but still within my calorie limit wheat thins, cream cheese, and jam. Not a binge :) I’m crediting this to my cutting out liquor and sticking to beer. I don’t get as tipsy on beer and make better decisions. It also doesn’t taste as good to me and fills me up so I drink less and am more full. I miss vodka though. I like letting loose, but I know that this is where I am right now and the only other option is to cut out alcohol completely and that makes me even more sad.
In things that don’t make me sad, I’ve maintained my weight and gained a lot of body acceptance in the past couple weeks. I’ve never really been that happy with my body but recently I’ve been ok with it and really haven’t cared about weight loss. I mean yeah I’d like to be about 7 lbs less but I’m definitely not it any rush to get there. I’m more proud of my fitness accomplishments right now and focused on that. Maybe it’s because bathing suit weather is almost over ;)