Chilly Cheeks #2 will be a fun and unique race. After completing a 1.5 mile run on paths and roadways in the park, you will mount your bikes for a single lap around the 3.6-mile paved loop. Next, you will do a 2.5 mile run, then mount your bikes for 2 laps of the 3.6 mile loop. Finally, you will rack your bike and run 50 meters to the finish line.
The above course synopsis was copied directly from the website. This little gem of a race was pretty convoluted and certainly "unique" with four transitions in a two sport race.
This race today would have been pretty nice....had it not snowed about 10" on Monday, leaving the bike portion not the obstacle I feared it would be, but rather the 2nd running leg purely treacherous, which caught me off-guard and my running feet unprepared.
But I guess that's to be expected with a race series such as this in the middle of winter in Denver; you can pretty much count on the weather being fickle so you just make the best of a situation as you can.
And I did.
As I told my friend, Jim, at the end of the race today: At least we got out there and pushed ourselves to do something we wouldn't have done had we gone out for a simple run on our own. And THAT makes it fun. He definitely agreed.
So here's a few special highlights along with some little facts I learned in DU #2:
- Super-fit tri geeks not only have 20K tri bikes, they additionally have 20K fat tire bikes.
- 20K tri bikes will spin out when going around an icy curve.
- I may, or may not, have secretly thought it was kind of funny when I saw a cocky tri-dude wipe-out.
- I definitely wished no one was seriously injured, especially when I saw not one, but two ambulances.
- My 4000 lb mountain bike ROCKED on the snow and ice. Not even one tiny slip.
- Wearing a bike helmet while running, even if it is for 1.5 miles, looks ridiculous (how many microseconds does it take to put on a helmet?).
- Wearing a male Speedo-type swimsuit bottom with cow prints on it will get you mocked at. Even if you are uber-fast and come in 3rd place overall.
- Wearing a solid colored Pepto-Bismol-pink one-piece tri suit with green and white stripped compression socks is totally stupid, male or female, but especially male. And btw, dude, you are NOT fast, you shouldn't be drawing attention to yourself so badly.
- Honey, just cuz you wear your 2008 Boston jacket, you are no faster than me (and therefore most, for that matter) in a duathlon. In fact, I beat your ass in the run AND the bike.
- Running a 7:30 min/mile pace is great on a non-icy road.
- Running a 10:00 min/mile pace on hard, footprint-crusted, ankle-turning ice is freaking incredible!
- My Brooks Launch running shoes make excellent ice skates.
- Never. Thought. I'd. Be. So. Relieved. To. Be. Done. Running. And. Riding. My. Bike.
- Made Jim swear next race we check out the trail conditions prior and wear treaded trail shoes, if similar conditions warrant it.
- My girl-bits were not screaming so loudly on the bike this round, despite not wearing any padding. I couldn't believe it. Definitely a highlight of the race.
- I think all my glute work in the gym, and that crazy Manitou Incline running over winter break, is starting to pay off slightly - I felt great on the uphill cycling sections.
- Getting off a bike and forming some semblance of a run is comical. Who put the 100 lb. weights on my quads????
- Putting in a small amount of effort on the bike can actually reap some rewards (who knew??) - I passed 9 other cyclists this race. Yes, your eyes read correctly: NINE. N.I.N.E!!! Let's recap last race: I passed zero. Zer. O.
- I still bike suck big time, especially riding on a mountain bike in a race filled with tri-dudes on bikes more expensive than my house. So passing 9 people makes you feel like a ROCK STAR!!
- Knocking 4 minutes off last month's time when running on some of the most miserable rocky, chunky ice, and having 3 additional transition zones to contend with, feels AWESOME! (I know that's an overused word, I don't really care right now - it's exactly how I felt). Let's repeat: that's 4 minutes FASTER than last month!
- Hot chocolate and hot Cup-O-Noodles was the best post-race handouts ever!
- Anyone ever get fuzzy sweatpants instead of yet another tech T at a race? I know one person who has!
3rd, and final, race in the series is February 26th. That one will be a 10-mile bike ride followed by a 4 mile run. I'm not overly excited about this, considering my legs took a long time to get moving after hopping off the bike this race. But it is what it is and I will persevere. Just like today!