Kelsey wins 2016 SouthBay International Duathlon

3/6/2016

This past Sunday I got to race the SouthBay Duathlon put on by USA Productions in Morgan Hill for the 2nd time.  It was uncertain if the race would happen due to all the storms that have hit Northern California, but luckily it was just cold and wet roads.  For breakfast I had my coffee, 2 flour tortillas with peanut butter and banannas 2 hours before start time.

     The RUN-6.38 miles-2 laps-  I took the run out pretty quick with one other girl who runs for Standford.  I haven't done much hard running yet this season so I was unsure of how it would go. When I reached transition, she was only about 10 sec behind me but later found out she was doing the relay. I ran ok with a time of  38:44- 6:08 pace.

     The BiKE-26 miles-5 laps-  I took the first lap out pretty conservative to try and get my legs going.  My goal was to hit the last 3 laps hard but my crank started to come loose on lap 2.   I stopped once on the backside of the course hoping an athlete would have a tool.  One man was nice enough to stop and give me his tool but it was the wrong size.  I then pedaled with one leg to the start/finish area to try and get some support.  Several people came to my rescue including the Performance Bike Mechanic but everyone' s tools were too small. I then remembered I had an allen key in my car so I ran in my bike shoes and helmet , got the tool and went back to my bike.  By then, the mechanic found the correct size, put the crank back on and I was on my way.  Unfortunately, 4 girls had passed me in the 10 minutes I was stopped.  I dug super deep and caught all the girls by the last lap with the next female only 37 sec behind me going into transition.

    The 2nd RUN-3.19 miles-1 lap-  My running didn't feel fast or smooth at all but I put one leg in front of the other and did the best I could.  Thankfully, I came across the line in 1st and couldn't have been more relieved! There were several good things I could take away from this race.  In the past, I would have freaked out and maybe quit if that happened but the thought didn't even cross my mind.  My time was 10 min slower than last year but my 1st run was faster so ill take it:) I know I have a lot of hard training in my future but happy to get the first race out of the way.

     Next up will be Oceanside 70.3 on April 2 with all the big guns.  A HUGE thank you goes out to my sponsors and Qarv Imports for hooking me up with a brand new ROTOR 155rd crank set.

THANK YOU! 

Vanderkitten Racing, Core Motion Athletics, Salming Running, Gray Wheels, Qarv Imports, Xterra Wetsuits, Computrainer, Backcountry.com and of course my awesome parents! xoxo

 


 




Looking strong for the 2017 season