Tuesday, March 31, 2009

My First Duathlon

Competing in races has always been very motivating for me. I know that if I put a race on my calendar, tell the world I'm going to do it, and then I PAY for it, I will force myself to train. So I decided to do a duathlon: 3.1 mile run, 18 mile road bike ride, 3.1 mile run.

Honestly...I did not set up the TEXAN behind me!

I have gone from running to riding to running many, many times in my adventure racing career. However, I have never done a true duathlon until now.

Running is definitely NOT my thing. So I "shuffled" my way through the first 3.1 miles and fell behind most of the pack. :)

But when I got on the bike, my body got happy again and I passed a bunch of folks. Some of them twice....hmmm, not sure how that happened.

Cool thing was that I had a fan in the crowd! When I finished the bike, I was transitioning to the run when a Marine said, "Are you Bernice?" I nodded and he said, "I've seen you on TV!" And despite the dread of my upcoming run, I forced a smile and a "nice to meet you" and I shuffled away.

I really had to talk myself through the last 3.1 miles! But I did and I was able to complete the entire race in 2 hours and 8 minutes!

I'm finding out that returning to my pre-pregnancy fitness level is way harder than I imagined. I have to keep reminding myself that I trained very hard for 6 years to be that fit. So I can't expect to be anywhere near that level at only 6 months post-partum. I just have to keep registering for races! :)


Becky said...

When we first watched you on Alaska Experiment, I was amazed at how you took the experience with Greg, and made it great.
Then we waited for LT to be born, and I checked daily to see when she was born on your blog.
Now you inspire us with your races!! You rock!! Keep pumping!!

Bernice said...
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Bernice said...

Becky, one thing that makes me very happy is positively influencing and motivating people. Thanks so much for your note!