This past Saturday, I participated in the Big Sky Duathlon hosted by Racing Underground and held in Bennett, CO. This was another well run event and attracted over 200 participants. I finished in 170th place in 1:43:36 for the 2.4 mile run, 15.3 mile bike, and 2.4 mile run event. I was extremely pleased with my pace for the first run (8:44 miles) and bike (17.0 mph). The second run was a lot slower at 9:45 miles, but surprisingly that was relatively speaking my best leg at 156th overall. I guess the rest of the field blew up worse than I did.
The run courses were two flat loops on dirt and paved roads which made it easier to pace. Similarly the bike was a flat out and back which was great to ride as I never average 17.0 mph on my training rides. Of course averaging 127 watts on the course is another record for me. My previous best was 114 on the 9 mile Westside Duathlon course last year when I only completed one loop.
Overall I am very pleased with my season so far. It is the result of a perfect storm in terms of off-season fitness, having my gout in check and family support.
Thanks to Skipix for taking pictures during the event. I think I am going to end up buying one of the two thumbnails.