Gateway Duathlon in Carlyle
Sunday I participated in my first multi-sport event. The Gateway Duathlon in Carlyle, IL. This was a 5K/20K/5K run/bike/run event for me. They also had Olympic and Sprint distance triathlons, but I’m not swimming *yet*. This was the first time this event was held at Carlyle and I thought they did great job. Carlyle is the perfect place for an event like this and I look forward to doing it again next year.
I did pretty well considering I only trained on my bike (a mountain bike by the way) for a little over a month and these shorter distances are not exactly my specialty. I finished in 1:38:39, 8th out of 20 participants and 2nd in my age group. NOTE: 2nd also happened to be last in my age group. 😉 I performed pretty much as I expected I would. Did good in the first run leg – 24:50. Biked well – 41:44. Ran horribly in the second run leg – 29:35.
Wake up BG: 99 (meter)
The morning started out at 5:30. Got up had some pre-cooked chicken strips and an apple for breakfast. I had a few hours until the start, so I wasn’t worried too much about what I ate. My good friend and neighbor, Dustan, was doing the Olympic Tri, so we rode together over to Carlyle. We arrived around 7:30 AM and got checked in and ready to go.
Set basal to 50% for 3.5 hours at 7:00 am.
8:00 AM BG: 147 (meter), 138 (CGM)
The Olympic Tri started at 9:00 and the Duathlon didn’t start until 9:25. This would turn out to be an issue for me. Just before 9 I started in on 2 fruit snack packages (~45 g of carbs).
As I was “enjoying” a fruit snack one of my fellow duathlon competitors joked and said “Hey! That’s cheating.” As my mind raced, I decided to pretty much keep my mouth shut… “not really.”
At 9:25 AM we finally headed off across the Carlyle Dam. I started WAY to fast, but settled into a nice 8 minute/mile pace. I saw only 1 guy go past in my age group. This would be the guy I’d be chasing the rest of the day. Across the dam we go, heading for a HUGE hill on the other side. I had hoped (prayed, whatever) that we’d turn around before the hill. No such luck. Note to self: I’ll be walking this later.
Transition 1 – 9:53 AM BG: 264 (BG), 182 (CGM) Oh, great the CGM is not keeping up.
In and out of T1 in 1:48. Pretty good for my first time. Now I’m off for a 12 mile bike ride. I’m no bicyclist by any stretch of the imagination, but I do well for a big guy on a mountain bike with road tires. As one girl I was battling back and forth said “you do pretty good on that thing.” I really did enjoy this part of the Dua. Racing on the bike is a ton of fun and I look forward to doing it again in the future. Ride 100 miles by myself? Eh. Racing? Sign me up!
Now, how about that BG? WTF is going on? As I head out on the bike I decided to take 1.2 units of insulin and wait to eat a GU at the 6 mile turn-around. Hopefully this will keep things under control…
Transition 2 – 10:36 AM BG: 409!!!!!! (meter), 186 (CGM). CGM? Dude. Wake up.
In and out of T2 in 0:45 and back across the dam for the last run. 409 BG. Awesome. Took 2.5 units of insulin and decided not to eat anything. I was running low on energy at this point and not eating much and a friggin 409 was not helping. At this point “the other guy” in my age group was still in sight, but it wasn’t going to happen. I wound up taking a few walk breaks and as predicted I walked the huge hill. I probably could’ve caught “the other guy”, but just didn’t have it in me. Once again, I HATE walking. I am NOT doing it again.
Ha. These images might be actual size proportions. 😉 My daughter Belle and Dustan’s kids, Maddie and Logan, cheered me on. Notice the smile on my face.
End of race BG: 252 (meter), 132 (CGM).
I managed to some how prevent any major highs and lows the rest of the day. Was down to 98 at 1:54 (CGM 122. Good job buddy) and was 161 at bed time.
So, why a 409 in the middle of a race? My guess is the delay of the start got me. I had set my basal to 50% of my normal level at 7 am and didn’t start until 9:25 am. I’m pretty sure this did me in. Something to remember and plan for next time.
I had a blast and enjoyed cheering on Dustan. I did a little duathlon. No big deal. He did an Olympic distance Triathlon. Way to go Dusty! Carlyle was a great venue and my family was able to enjoy the area and the beach after the race. We pretty much made a day out of it including getting burgers and a diet SKI at Wally’s in Breese on the way home. FYI… Wally’s is the greatest little burger joint on the planet.
Well, I’ve got a few weeks to go until serious Chicago Marathon training begins. Will there be a triathlon before then? Maybe…