4/21/11

Wrentham Duathlon!

Last Sunday was the Wrentham Duathlon. A short little race. Lots of fun. Felt really good to get racing again.  I was like a pent up rodeo bull. As soon as the gun went off I was like, get out of my way.  It was an awesome feeling. I don't usually feel that confident at a race.  

The race it's self is pretty small. I think 250 participants.  3 mile run, 11 mile bike, 2 mile run.  I did this race in 2009 so I had at least that to compare my new results with. I was a whole minute slower. But lest you think I've been slacking let me assure you that I haven't.  Actually they changed the last 2 mile run course.  I think.  Anyways - the real fun part was this:

Senator Scott Brown was there and he was the announcer.  I figured I go up and introduce myself, which I did. 

He was smiling and was gracious.  He's is one cute guy.  When the gun went off I was able to pass many runners (including the senator). Yes. I did. I wasn't lightening fast like I usually am :).  I averaged just under 7s. My T times were good. Under a minute for each. Of course it's easy to do that in this kind of race.  On the bike I got passed but only by a couple of people. A huge improvement in my mind. I distinctly remember getting passed by A WOMAN and two men including senator Scott Brown. 

So here I am on the 2 mile run and I see the gal who passed me on the bike.  I'm just going to run her down so I do.  Then I see the senator and he keeps looking back to see who is coming.  I thought that was strange but regardless I hunted him down as well.  As I was passsssing  and waving (just kidding) he said "good job" and to be honest I was working so hard I had to say "what? "..  He repeated his polite words and I said thanks.  My bike average was 18.5 I think (the measurements are off).  My last 2 miles were just under 7s as well. I was 4th woman overall and 2nd my age group.   

I was mostly thrilled because I knew my focus was present and I was ready to kill. Regardless of my time (which was good) it matters more that my brain is in the game right now. I'm ready to play!

8 comments:

Linda said...

You rocked! I LOVE the timing of this race - it's perfect to force you to get outside in the early Spring, and then gets your mind totally in the game and pumped for the season. I hope I get to race with you again soon!

Mary IronMatron said...

Nice! 4th OVERALL is awesome! So psyched you had such a kick ass season opener. Congrats. :)

kT said...

Great job! I did this one last year, and I think the bike is no picnic. Nice work chicking the senator, obviously.

runputt said...

I can't believe I missed this, sounds like you did awesome! At least someone in this state knows how to beat Senator Brown. ;)

runningyankee said...

love the attitude! way to get out there and RACE. awesome.

Bert said...

Good job! Great confidence booster no doubt.

Jennifer Harrison said...

CONGRATS MELISSA! Way to start off the year !!!

Meg said...

"I knew my focus was present and I was ready to kill." Ok, that was just inspiring. I needed this tonight, thanks!!

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