Solana Beach Duathlon and Triathlon
Sunday July 24th
50 minutes is hardly a work out so why not do the double. Duathlon and then a couple hours later the triathlon. Just wanta have more fun!
So after finishing up the duathlon I had about 40 minutes to get ready for the triathlon. I knew I was not gonna be a winner in this one, I just wanted to do another hard work out and it just happened to be a racing citation. I have done the double here before with less time for “recovery” so this was gonna be easy.
Taking the inside line since not much of a current.
The swim course is at Fletch Cove at the end of Loma Santa Fe Drive. Beach start with a few sets of waves but nothing to be extra cautious as in previous years. The course is a simple rectangle and head back to land there the lone palm tree to sight on. Can’t get lost on this one. After running up the beach, we tackled the100 yard / 6 or 7 degree ramp up and thru Fletcher Park, crossing the street and another 50 yards before entering T1. The quarter mile ocean swim with transition officially clocked in at 10:54.
The bike was a repeat of my earlier ride except a lot more competitors on course, requiring me to be a bit more courteous and nicer to the “slower” riders. Giving shouts of encouragement as I screamed past. The wind had picked up a touch from earlier. Legs still felt good. The bike course is advertised as 15k/9miles but my bike computers said 8.74). This time my bike split was 28:24, about two and a half minutes slower from my first ride of the day.
A quick T2 and off to attack the 5k run (think it was really 3 miles). There were so many people on the run course at this time, it was really hard to gauge who is who. Leading up to the turn around I could only guess who might be in my age group by noting “distinguishing” age features…s light graying of hair is one of the cues. There are a lot of fit “older” athletes in San Diego, so judging age is hard to do. This time on the run I could feel and sense a bit of tiredness in the legs but one just has to press on. Just like the bike it was pass, pass and more passing with words of encouragement as I went by. I ended the run this time ’round with a split of 19:49, just 30 second slower than my duathlon time split.
So what did i get out of the days fun?
A finishers metal and a race bib to add to the collection.
Finish time 57:27., 5th AG (out of 80) and 39 OV out of 1106.