I traveled to North Carolina last weekend to compete in my first duathlon national championship, and came home with a victory. The event consisted of a 5 mile run, 33 mile bike, and another 5 mile run. Racers were treated with ideal sunny and dry conditions outside of Chapel Hill, covering smooth roads for quick bike splits. The race panned out like this: I kept the front girls in site on the run, but saved a bit of gas in the tank for the long bike, where I was able to pass all my female competitors and gain a lead into the final run. I finally got all of the kinks worked out with my new Focus TT bike and Mavic Cosmic wheels, and was able to clock an average bike speed of 24mph. This was a big relief after the break rubbing problem I’d been having at collegiate nationals, and it boosted my confidence to have my machine running so smooth!
Now it’s time to focus on my swimming for the upcoming Philadelphia and New York City Triathlons in June/July.
Press release and full results found here: