Buddy Du and weekend workout

mstoonces and I kicked ass on Saturday at the Austin Duathletes Buddy Du(athlon). It was an entirely offroad race out at Rocky Hill Ranch. It turned out was pretty damn hard and tricky to ride and run around, with some tough bike sections and 10 intellectual and physical challenges. We were 2nd co-ed team and 6th team overall.

We had to share a bike for the race, and had to wear a crash helmet while riding. Since Toon was the only one with a MTB, we used that. We changed out the pedals for platforms so we could both ride, and both wore crash helmets for the entire race. Toon started on the bike, and we switched after the first obstacle. Some of the obstacles were easier than others, but the course was pretty tough the whole way. Riding Toons bike was ok for me on easy sections, but hopeless on uphills. I had to stand becuase the bike was so small, and then the back wheel just slipped, so I tended to jump off and run up the hill pushing the bike.

I went over the bars on the bike once, its still instinct for me to pull on the right brake to slow the bike, and I know the brakes are the other way around on US and UK bikes, pulled the wrong one and over I went. I was only going slowish and it was loose gravel/dirt and I was trying to make a corner, no harm done. Later while running in the built up shoes I also twisted my right ankle, but again no harm, not withstanding a loud cry when I expected it to hurt, but fortunately it didn't. Toon wasn't so lucky and somewhere around obstacle seven twisted her ankle and it slowly rendered her running too painful. She finished the course on the bike and I ran.

We finished together at 1-hour 8-minutes, which I consider outstanding for a 6.85 mile offroad course. We were only beaten by the President of Austin Duathletes and a femail partner, he stepped in at the last minute so she could race.

Full results on mychiptime.com
Pictures should show up on Pat Crouch Photography


Sunday I was wrecked, I guess I'd gone extra hard during the race as we were only overtaken by the overall winners, and had overtaken loads. My knees and ankles hurt much more than a normal race. I mostly just eat and slept. :-( Seem fine today though.