I’ve been wanting to do this race for a while but I wasn’t quite sure about the kilt thing. They came out with a very cool medal this year, though, and that pushed me over the edge. I went ahead and got a kilt and came out for this. But, since it was the day before my early season half marathon, I decided to take it very, very easy.
We did the kilt run first and unfortunately didn’t have enough people to break the Guinness World Record. Oh well, it was a nice little warmup.
We then lined up for the 8K and I really tried to keep it slow. I’ve been doing most of my runs this year between 9 and 10 min/mi. For this one I ended up at 11:17 min/mi so I think I did fairly well. Raleigh is very hilly so that was a factor too. But I finished in 56:09, spent some time at the expo afterward, signed up for the Octoberfest 8K (the virtual version since I’m busy the day of the actual race) and then headed on to Wilmington to get ready for my half marathon the very next day.
Full race results can be seen at Athlinks: https://www.athlinks.com/event/8829/results/Event/527213/Course/785177/Bib/799
I started my 2016 race season earlier than I had expected. About a week before this race I was talking schedule with my coach and he suggested I might do this race. So, a week before the race, I signed up at the Slowtwitch Roadshow at Inside Out Sports in Cary. (I also won a Blue Seventy Reaction wetsuit there, so it was a good event!). In looking at schedule, since I had to be back in Durham that afternoon and I would have had to leave at something like 4am if I was going to drive down that day, I went ahead and got a hotel room. I got one at the same Quality Inn I reserved one at for the Wrightsville Beach Half Marathon that I was doing the week after this race. I drove down Friday night and got ready for the race.
Having never done this race, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But, it turned out to be a nice little race. It seemed like it too forever for my number to come up for the swim start but it finally did. The swim went well and then there was a decently long run to the transition area. The bike went well. This was my very first race on my new Quintana Roo PR5. Since it was early in the season, I didn’t feel like I had as much power on the bike as I wanted, but examining it afterward my coach adjusted my FTP up very slightly (ok by 1 watt). I passed a lot of people and was only passed by one or two people that I remember. The run was very flat and I was amazed afterward to see that I had logged some sub-9 minute miles on the run! My run time was within 2 minutes of my stand-alone 5K PR so that was pretty good. Final time was just over one hour: 1:01:36. Now I need to do this race next year to try to break 1 hour!
Swim: 6:24 (including the long run to transition)
T1: 2:33 (this could be much faster)
Bike: 24:25 (22.1 mph!)
T2: 1:12 (again, could be faster)
Run: 27:05 (stand-alone PR is 25:21 so to get this close in a triathlon was amazing)
Full results can be seen over at Athlinks: https://www.athlinks.com/event/31515/results/Event/524985/Course/780665/Bib/297