This was the third year in a row I have done this duathlon. It has ALWAYS been freezing and sometimes raining. So why do I keep doing it? As the title says I get to race on my bike!
Some nice shots Darlene got of the race area.
This year it was a new course. I think I like the old one better - more scenic - but there is no place to be inside at it. This one was at an orchard and you could get warm.
Darlene came and spectated for the third time and she appreciated the orchard building for sure. Thanks so much Darlene for coming to cheer and taking lots of pics!
The run was shorter. Each run was 2 miles which was a great distance in my opinion.
Do I always look this awkward getting on my bike?
The headband under the helmet isn't a great look but
was really necessary.
I'm just about done the bike. Can I stop now?
I was 89th after the run out of 101 people. I must admit I was surprised by how few people were behind me. Oh well, more to pass on the bike. I did pass 20 + people. You rode a mile and a half and then did a 7 mile loop twice before heading back. Bad news - the winner lapped me on the bike loop. But barely - it was just before the turn and only him. Good news - I lapped two people on the bike loop. It was somewhat hilly but not bad. It was windy which is never fun. I wasn't cold though which was great! I enjoyed the bike as I always do.
Nope, I've got to run again.
Far from last and I am done.
Then it was time to run again. Oh well. I was in much better position and only two people I passed on the bike passed me back. I ended up in 63rd place! Much better than 89th.
I did win in my age group. I was the only one in my age group. I was the oldest woman there. But I am claiming that medal. I ran hard. I biked really hard. I earned it. I didn't give into the cold and leave to shop and not bother racing.
I won a medal and a candy apple. The candy apple was nicely decorated but I didn't want it. I took it into the granddaughter of the woman who works in my room at school and she was thrilled. I won a random prize of hor d'oerves (No idea how to spell that) for 10 at a tavern in Lathem, NY. Well, sounds great but not so close to where I live. So I mailed it to Darlene who deserves something for all that cold spectating!
I did shop on the way home. I went to Target which is always a thrill. I made a couple of scores at Eddie Bauer too. I bought some crack at Target, some very cute capris on sale, some pumpkin products and odds and ends. In case you are wondering about the crack it was white chocolate candy corn M+Ms.
I was exhausted when I got home but a day spent racing is a good day!