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Wilkes-Barre Duathlon

Post by twal on Mon Jun 22, 2015 8:32 am

I finished 49th out of 77 a the Wilkes-Barre Duathlon yesterday. It was a day with a lot of ups and downs. There were only two people in my age group, me and my arch rival, Ron. We're best of friends until the race starts and then we try to kill one another.

First we had to deal with the remnants of hurricane Bill which caused rain all night and got my bike wet while signing up. It stopped right before the gun went off but it caused the first 3.1 mi run to be 2.5 mi due to some flooding. Ron built up a good lead over me. But he switches shoes for the bike and this let me cut his lead down to a minute. While he has a tri-bike with aero bars, I was riding a 35 year old bike with toe clips. I just wore an old pair of racing flats because biking tends to destroy running shoes. (More on that later.)

I hammered the bike ride and Ron doesn't like hills. The bike course is hilly. I caught him and we traded the lead five times depending on whether we were going up or downhill. I finally opened up a big lead and by the time we left the transition I had a comfortable three minute lead.

This is where the shoes come into play. One fell apart as I started to run. Most of the sole separate from the heel. I ran over to my car and changed that shoe after digging into my gym bag. That cost me about two minutes. Then half way through the run, the other shoe disintegrated. My stride sounded like step-flap. In the end Ron passed me and I ended up 15 sec behind him at the finish, thus snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. I had to listened to people telling me about "The agony of de feet."

Wait until next year.

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Re: Wilkes-Barre Duathlon

Post by Dave Tuttle on Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:39 am

That had to be frustrating Tom but it was an epic effort!!

I thought Gary was the only one in this group who ran races in ancient shoes scratch

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Re: Wilkes-Barre Duathlon

Post by Gary E on Fri Jun 26, 2015 9:26 pm

I love it! All races should have such unexpected problems. It allows opportunities for an even playing field. Depending on our own wiles, quick thinking, and determination we can succeed where others give up. I love your ability to think of changing shoes, but I would have probably just ripped off the heal (assuming it could be separated from the rest of the sole) or even resorted to barefoot running. But then, you're smarter than me and undoubtedly did the sensible thing.
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