I like this race a lot. It's simple, short, and usually attracts some decent competition. Not a highly competitive group at the top, but an elite here and there. Its only year 3 of this race, but its gaining momentum. Its a nice short race to end your multisport season. I was fortunate enough to win this one in 2008 and would like to repeat that someday. Last year Steve Sander showed up (he was the overall winner of the Tri MN Series last year) and really fired thru the course, winning the race, but I did take 2nd overall. Steve sent me a message a couple weeks ago saying he was volunteering at CW this year. Although I would like a rematch--well, I'd like to see if I can close the gap a little, I was not disappointed to hear he would not racing it : ) However, the participant list is up and a top-of-the-nation triathlete is racing it--Dennis Dane. From looking at his 18th overall finish time in the National Championships last year, which earned him the Silver in the 30-34 Age-Group, it was apparent that running is his strength so CW Duathlon should be an easy win. However, I am going to give it a go and not count myself out.
Final Stretch Inc opened their mulitsport races with the Falls Du and is ending it with the Cannon Wells Du. Both are a 2 mile first run, followed by a 14 mile bike section, then a 3 mile second and final run.
Run 1- 11:00 to 11:30 (5:30-5:45 pace). 2009- 11:53.
T1- 35 seconds. 2009- 57 secs because I forgot my cycling shoes in my trans bag and had to dig them out.
Bike- 34:00 to 34:30 (24.7 - 24.3 mph). 2009- 35:03.
T2- 30 seconds. 2009- 33 seconds
Run 2- 18:30 to 18:45 (6:10-6:15). 2009- 19:04
TOTAL- 1:04:35 to 1:06:05