May 20th, 2013.
The Victoria Sprint Duathlon would be my first ever ‘intentional’ Duathlon event (2012 Wasaga Olympic Triathlon was turned into a duathlon due to horrendous rain and wind conditions). The event is part of the Subaru Triathlon Series and is their season opener. It is held just outside of the Laurel Creek Conservation Area in
The race consists of a 4km run, 30km bike and another 4km run. The first wave began at 10am with each subsequent wave going out in 3 minute intervals. I began in the second wave of the day. The weather was beautiful at race start, clear skies, cool morning, you couldn’t have asked for better. The run consisted of a simple out and back. Heading out of
The bike course is also a simple out and back style. Taking
Another quick transition and I headed out on the same 4km out-and-back course as before. It was now approximately 11:23 am and the wonderful cool morning had turned into a bit of a ‘scorcher’. The heat and humidity were rising quickly and it was noticeable in everyone’s energy levels. I managed to set a good pace on my final run section and was able to finish the second run in 20:13. I had hoped for more on my final run, but the hills, heat and humidity had other plans. My finishing time was 1:42:58 and represents a baseline for my future duathlon events.
As always the organisation, course marshaling, transition area, and volunteers were great! It was great to see so many Running Free athletes at the event all pulling for one another, it really gave me a psychological lift!