Sunday, July 17, 2011

Duathlon Race Day!

sunrise on the Atlantic Ocean

3:30 am wake up 
4:25 am at Ellen's
5:15 am arrive at race site
6:30 am check in, set up and ready
6:35 am at start line
6:50 am first wave starts
7:47 am MY wave starts
2 mile run | 10.6 mile bike | 3 mile run 
9:17 am fini!

Lessons learned:
1. Wear sunscreen even at 7 am in the morning.
2. Hydrate well before and during the race. Do this at least when you're in transition if you aren't accustomed to drinking during your run or ride.
3. Fuel your body at the one hour mark in a race.
4. And finally ... include checking that your brakes are engaged in your set up. My rear brake was accidentally disengaged somewhere between mounting my the bike on car and starting the race. I figured this out during the race and had to stop to engage it. I only lost 30 seconds or so on my time, but I could have been in serious trouble if I really needed my brakes!

I'm waiting for the split times to be posted so I can see how I did for each leg, but overall, I'm pretty happy with my race results. :)

Thank you for your enthusiastic support! xo


  1. Congratulations! You did it! WOOO! I'm so proud of you.

  2. Congrats! You're awesome!!
    The most sport I've done this week is watching the FINA World Championships because, you know, men in swimsuits :D

    And I love diving, I'm to chicken to do it but I love watching.

    Anyway, Congrats again.

  3. Horray! Congrats Chrissy!

    You did awesome! :D *throws confetti in the air*

    I am so happy for you! Whatever the time posts are, I know for a fact you did wonderfully. :D

    Just reading about your progress these past few weeks/months have been such an inspiration.

    Congrats! :D

  4. Woo Hoo! Congratulatins on your race and time.

  5. Congratulations Christine!!! Yay!

  6. Big Yay! for you! The sunrise picture is so pretty! It looks like you had a wonderful day for the race. Congratulations for sticking to your goals!

  7. That is so awesome, Christine! Congratulations! You have showed some serious determination. It's wonderful that you've stuck with this and found something that makes you really happy...and keeps you healthy!!

  8. Christine! You rule. :-D You did an amazing job and learned some awesome lessons. Those are lessons that you will take with you to the next race and will improve everything for you. :-D I know one of your goals is to compete in a Triathalon (sp) but do you have any others?

    I'm so glad it went well and that picture looks like you were extremely happy after the race was finished.

  9. Congratulations from me too. Even the thoughts of running in this weather hurts so for you to have done it - yea Christine.

  10. Congrats girlie!!! You are an inspiration :)

  11. You rock! And you amazing in the photo! WOW!

  12. Thank you all for the great congratulatory comments! It was a great day... despite the torture of getting up at 3:30 am on very little sleep due to excitement and nervousness!

    Unfortunately, the race organizers can't supply split times AT ALL for the event because a race volunteer inadvertently turned off the timers in transition! Ugh! I really wanted to know my times for the individual components so I could use that info to improve myself for the triathlon in September. Oh well...


  13. Yay for you!!! So happy for you.

  14. oh christine! I am sooo happy I stopped by your blog! You did sooo great!! It feels like only yesterday, you and I were starting out on our new "running" paths. You did AWESOME!!!! And I'm so proud of you!!!

  15. Great job, Christine!! :) And what's invaluable with this race? The experience it brought you!! :) Now, you're more prepared for the next race! :)

  16. Thank you all so so very much for the praise! ... and the confidence you had in me to begin with. It really means a lot to me to know I can share my fitness journey here on my blog and know you'll be in my corner rooting for me every stroke, pedal and step of the way! xoxo


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