I have been trying to get some training in for some early season events including the Kansas City Corporate Challenge . One event I always like to support in the Spring into Summer Duathlon.
cancelled the 2005 National Triathlon Championships when it was held up in Smithville, MO. Here is a good review by the RATS - http://www.trirats.net/view_result.php?racerid=917. My stand has always been to run the race no matter the weather. I can remember doing triathlons down in Florida in all kinds of weather including rain and flooded streets. That was part of the attraction to racing events is you never know what you are going to get. I do understand why we have to move/post pone off-road events around here due to the type of dirt we have and trail damage.
After a quick overview of the course and a reminder to be careful on the slick rain soaked roads we were off. First up was the 2 mile run. A fun simple run course with little elevation and a section of Katy Trail is used which is cool. I have done some runs but was unable to keep pace with the leaders. I settled into a third pack of runners (actually should call them joggers because that was the pace we seemed to be going). One of the runners was this very young man who was competing in his first event with his Dad. He put a lot of heart into his running but needed to learn pacing. He would run really fast then slow down to a near crawl then before you knew it he was off sprinting again passing everyone who had just passed him.
Before we knew it we were back into the park and entering transition. I had the foresight to flip my cycling shoes upside down so they were no filled with water. Something about sticking my feet in wet shoes always bothered me :-). Transition was o.k.- first one of the year is always a little rusty. The downhill road exiting the park was exciting. Wet carbon rims do not offer the most surest stopping. I think it had rained long enough to wash away and oil and overall there was good traction. It also helped that I lowered my tire pressure to around 80 psi. Within the first mile I had passed about 10 racers as they gingerly exited the park and headed out onto the course. As far as I know there were no crashes as everyone rode within their limits. The KCCC Time Trial is coming on on Thursday so I really wanted to put out a hard effort on the bike despite the rain. I went into the Red quickly and tried not to focus on the pain but just floating along on the slick course. Some of my fastest bike splits have been on wet course and today was no different. I was the first to return to the transition and quickly set off on my second run.
Betsy's Massage a visit this week for sure.