This Sunday i took part in 2nd race of Teavigo duathlon series. It was not far away from where i live and i thought it would be fun and good training as well. I got my instruction how to “race” from doc and went quite excited on the start. I think it was only my 3rd duathlon ever (including World Cup in New York where they change triathlon into duathlon due to bad water quality). It was great to be on the start line with 300 other athletes. Triathlon and duathlon is really fast growing sport in South Africa and you can see growing number of participants and top athletes racing. With great history of swimming and running in this country, I believe that triathlon (and duathlon) in South Africa has good future.
Race was hold on 5km – 30km – 2,5km distance with same start for men and women. Just before our our start, there was a kiddies race and there was nothing more exciting then to watch all the emotion of these small athletes and their parents!
I started running in comfortable pace (i would say almost Ironman pace) and found myself at about 7th place in female race after 1km. Luckily for me I was able to hold my pace, while most of the others were getting slower and i came to first transition at 2-3rd place. Then I started immediatelly pushing hard on the bike and started passing some men as well. I really enjoeyd cycling part of the race and felt strong. I was able to cycle away from all the girls behind me and had comfortable second run as well. I finished 2nd behind Andrea Steyn, who continued in great performance as whole year.
After the finish i did another easy 10km run to finish my training for a day.
I had nice Sunday at the race, enjoeyd to meet my friends and support such a great events as a Teavigo series is. Thank you everybody!
Now it is time to get ready for Ironman!