Sunday, July 15, 2007


The Challenge : Waterloo Duathlon

The Distance : 2 mile run / 15 mile bike / 7 mile run

The Reward should I choose to accept it: A special lunch on the way home.

I drove to Michigan on Saturday evening. Everyone in my family was busy so I went by myself. After a good night's sleep , I got up early and headed toPortage Lake. It was a beautiful morning. The temperature was a cool 50. While waiting to start, I met an awesome group to talk to. All very positive. Two were spin teachers. Another doing her first duathlon.

Run #1-( 18:38= 9:19 pace) It started from the beach and went uphill on the grass. It was a tough start. Then across the parking lot , up another hill, and into the woods on a trail. I am not a fan of trail runs because I shuffle when I run. The course was very scenic. I know the run time is incorrect. I wasn't running that fast. The early runners results were running 4 minute miles. I know they weren't that faste either.
T1= 1:49 It would have been faster but almost started without my helment.
Bike - (57:34 = 16.7 mph ave) I felt good. The course was rolling hills. I lost my focus twice. Once when my evil garmin went wacky and I was messing with it to work. The second time when the spongey thing popped up and out of my aero-bottle into my face when I hit a bump. I am disappointed my time wasn't faster. When I came in , I heard my name called - the was Vickie my blogger friend cheering me on.
T2 = 1:43 Nothing exciting.
Run 2 - (1:09:17= 13:52 pace) . I totally agree with the time on this part. The run started uphill then turned on to a dirt country road for 3 miles. In the first mile, my stomach began rumbling. I lost time due to an emergency pit stop in the woods. It was hard to settle in to a pace after that. The last 2 mile were back into the wood on a trail that was mainly sand. I did trip on a tree root and almost fell down a steep hill. I tried to be careful. When I finished the awards had already began. I felt happy with my effort.

I grabbed a plate of food and hooked up again with Vickie. During th awards we chatted. It was so cool to finally meet her in person. I felt like I already knew her and she was so easy to talk with. Check out her blog as there are photos of us posted. I won 2nd in my age group (there were only 2) They ran out of trophies - look for it in the mail. Now it was time to pack it up and head for home and my reward.

The Reward = Frisch's Big Boy
We do not have these in Chicago and I love their Big Boy Sandwich! It wasn't on my diet for sure.
I hoped to break 2:30 and My time was 2:29.

Waddling after my Big Boy......................


Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

First off, YAY for 2nd place. Cow bell! Good job! WoooHooo!

Second, how cool that you met up with Vickie!

Third, I'm from northwest Ohio and grew up with Frisch's. Mmmmm.

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

oh, and i got a chuckle about the PJs in the garage, but that sounds like a GREAT plan to keep the dog at bay. I may just try that next time...

Duane said...

Congrats on beating your goal!

21stCenturyMom said...

Sounds like you did well even if your Garmin wasn't up to the task.

We used to go to Frisch's Big Boy in Ohio when I was a kid. I remember how we ordered through the speaker thing and they brought the food to the car on a tray that hung off the side. Are they still like that?

Vickie said...

I'm trying this again, as for some reason my comment wouldn't post yesterday. First, it was GREAT finally meeting up with you. Second, you did great, beating your time and all. I really doubt I could have done any faster. And third, I hope you get your award! You deserve it because you showed up and finished a hard race.

Joe said...

When you beat a goal, it is a good day!! Even with a sponge-thingie hitting you in the face. Glad you enjoyed the road trip.

Big, they disappeared around here years ago...a good treat for you!!

Neat time, good job!!

Irene said...

Fantastic job!!!!!!!!! I'm so happy for you!

I didn't realize there were still Big Boy's still around! I hope you enjoyed your reward!