First Duathlon on 1st August - EEK!!!

Discussion in 'Cyclocross (CX), Duathlon and Triathlon' started by Charlotte Alice Button, 27 Jun 2017.

  1. OP
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    Charlotte Alice Button

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    Yeah I haven't got a road bike, only my trust hybrid, I do not use clip in pedals as they scare me!!
     
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    Charlotte Alice Button

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    But thanks for the tip off ;-)
     
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    Charlotte Alice Button

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    Well I am a little more scared now, I realised I have been looking at the wrong results and the 1st female is around 2 or 3 minutes quicker than I on each sector :-(
     
  4. ianrauk

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    Don't worry about other people. Just go out, enjoy yourself and do the best you can.
     
  5. Tin Pot

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    Well done, and have fun!

    Getting to the start line is the hard part.

    Forget times, run easy, bike easy, and sprint the last 50m :smile:

    Then bask in the glory ;)
     
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    Charlotte Alice Button

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    Hehe - thanks @Tin Pot - I swear I am not competitive but I just don't want to be all slow and stuff, I have had some days off to focus on my weight training so I should be full of beans!
     
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  7. Tin Pot

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    I was sixth from last at my first triathlon, I'm weirdly proud of that. The finish line is always good fun wherever you place, imho.

    Don't forget your bike helmet like I did.
     
  8. Stephenite

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    Good luck @Charlotte Alice Button . Best advice i can give is go steady at the start, and ramp it up towards the end. Like @Tin Pot says sprint the last 50 or 100m. And remember to enjoy it. Look around you, take in the sights and sounds. You're there to enjoy it!
     
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    Charlotte Alice Button

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    I know - thanks a lot guys! I will have mum there so that's good! I will try and pace myself, I do canicross with my dog and a lot of that is about pace. Just to complete it will be fun - they sound like a great group of people, very supportive!
     
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    Charlotte Alice Button

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    So guys.....I DID IT!!

    I am so proud of myself, I get there and it's all very professional but fun. And there's me with no spandex or road bike but with my trusty old hybrid bike.

    I registered and the organisers let me ride around to get my bearings. There was a strong headwind and sidewind pretty much all the way round and two small inclines and a long incline drag to the lap line. So slightly more challenging than my practice venue.

    The run was good. Everyone took off and I slowly saw them disappear intp the distance but I knew I wouldn't be able to keep up from the start so I just concentrated on me and my goal.

    I then hopped onto the bike (I got a good tip as i had left it in 5th gear and going into an immediate incline in 5th was not fun...so I wound it to 3rd before starting the race...much better!)

    As I said above. The cycling was tough but after the 3rd lap I picked up the pace. My mum came with me and was great support. Every lap she was cheering me on.

    I got to the 6th lap and I pulled the bike in and ran my final 2.2k sector. By this point it was around 830pm and I was feeling the ache and fatigue set in. I kept going until 2km where I had to stop for around 10 seconds because I had a horrific stitch which I ended up stretching out as I ran.

    I crossed the finish line and a few people cheered as they knew I was new etc. The atmosphere was great. I loved it.

    Here are my split times.
    2.5k run- 18:24
    15km bike- 46.07
    2.2km run - 18.57.

    I can't really compare these times to my practises as the track was completely different

    I'm hoping to borrow my cousin's cyclo-cross bike for the next one in September and get up there a few times with it in the meantime.

    To use the track is £5.50 and I couldn't see a limit on how long you can be on there so that seems a pretty good price.
     
  11. ianrauk

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    Well done Charlotte. Congrats. Awesome effort.
     
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    Charlotte Alice Button

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    Here's my bike set up!
     

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  13. Stephenite

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    Well done. Sounds like you had great fun!
     
  14. Salty seadog

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    nice one bird, glad you enjoyed it. see you soon...
     
  15. topcat1

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    I'm proud of you Charlotte well done
     
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