“whatever happened to a good old fashion ass kicking?” Eminem
This weekend was the www.citytri.com Mothers Day Du. Held in Brooklyn NY its a fantastically run local event. Pre-race was cool because as I got to chit-chat with a bunch of fast folks i know and me and Christine joked that this was the most stacked field ever. NYC has a ton of duathlons and a real Du scene, with a lot of Duathlete specialists and some sick locals that can rock tris too. Add them all together and you get a lot of fast people in a race.
The gun went off and pro Greg Close dropped everyone in the first 100m. I checked my watch as we went through the first mile. I was getting dropped by 4 guys as we ran uphill and 5:30 for the mile. I normally would be really bummed about getting crushed by so many people but honestly, as I ran a 17:30 for the first of the two 5ks I could hardly complain about my fitness. That’s damn fast but not fast enough to keep contact with the leaders.
Out on the bike it was more of the same: me not winning. The second run was not competitive as I wasn’t going to catch anyone or get caught.
I had good splits and good fitness but Brooklyn is ” New Boulder” and all I could do was shake my head at how many great multisport athletes there where at the race. In a city of 8 million, finding 5 guys that can beat me doesn’t make me feel awful but it’s the first time I can recall not being on a podium in a long time. But that says as much about the strong local tri scene as it does about me. In the last two duathlons I raced in the city the best the defending champs could do was 4th. Thats a pretty impressive rise in local competition. The sport continues to evolve; and like all competitions in nature; you evolve too or you go extinct.
Huge congrats to City Tri for another fine event and for bringing out so much local talent.
Foto: Christine rocking first place in her Age Group