Desert Classic Du – Elliot Meets Madison

First multisport race of 2012 … the Desert Classic Duathlon!

Last year I flatted on the bike and had to DNF. I had to get revenge on this course.

To top it off, Linsey Corbin was making an appearance. I was super excited to get to Fountain Hills to race.  Madison, her Golden retriever, was spectating. I wouldn’t let her down.

This course presents its own unique challenges because it gets progressively hillier throughout the race.  Pacing was key for run #1. The first run was fairly smooth with minimal rocks but it does weave throughout the desert and requires some agility to maintain speed.  I went out a little slower than 10k pace and felt fairly comfortable getting into T1.

Run #1 – 23:29, 3.67 miles, 6:24 pace

The bike follows the rolling hills of McDowell Mountain Road.  The last few miles of the bike course involve a steady 3-4 mile climb to the end of the park.  I never rode inside the park, and this hill seemed to go on FOREVER.  There were also quite a bit of turns in this section and after a while I lost track of where I was. I have no directional sense whatsoever.  As expected, my bike fitness wasn’t up to par. I’ve focused most of my training towards running lately.  I pushed hard, but lost quite a few spots on the bike. I knew I’d gain some back on the second run.

Bike – 1:28:15, 30.14 miles, 20.48 mph

One word for run #2 – OUCH!  Tough, tough run.  It was much more rocky and hilly than the first run.  My legs were on fire on some of the hills.  At times, I felt like I wasn’t even moving.  I made several passes though, so I knew my competitors were suffering out there as well. The last hill before the final descent to the finish line almost put me over the edge. I stayed motivated and “shuffled” up the hill, knowing I could gain my speed back and finish strong along the final stretch.

Run #2 – 29:03, 3.86 miles, 7:32 pace

Total time: 2:21:37, 2nd AG

As soon as I finished, Linsey came over, congratulated me, and gave me a hug. We caught up on the latest triathlon fads as she sipped on her chocolate milk.

I also got to meet Madison. She liked me.

It was a great Saturday in the Arizona Desert.

Perfect weather + Perfect temps + Linsey Corbin & Madison = A perfect day

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2 Comments on “Desert Classic Du – Elliot Meets Madison”

  1. Bobby
    March 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    Linsey’s hat is really cool — plus is Razorback colors so her husband probably likes it too.


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