327 Noonan, Ryan 32 M 1:18:29.0 3 21
run1 ( 0:14:42.7 ) t1 ( 0:00:50.3 ) bike ( 0:45:37.3 ) t2 ( 0:00:30.4 ) run2 ( 0:16:48.2 )
This morning as I prepared for my second duathlon I didn't know what to expect. I knew that the field size would be much larger than my first duathlon so I knew another top 15 was out of the question. I went in with mindset of having a good blood sugar at the finish and finishing in the top 50. Waking up with a blood sugar of 272 made me think today would be rough, to add insult to injury my pump site had to be changed.
Luckily everything worked out as my blood sugar was at a respectable 140 as the race began. Two hours before the race I set a 2:30 hour 19% temp basal, my hope was that the temp basal would end as I was at the half way mark of the bike portion.
The race itself went well, I was happy with my first 2 mile run, not great but respectable. On the bike things were not easy, a very hilly course would cause me problems mentally. When I'm on the bike expect to pass people, I didn't pass one person and I didn't anyone. That made me question where I was in the race, was I near the back of the pack? I just kept pedaling and hoped for the best. As I began the second two mile run I was seeing people a half mile from the finish, I thought to myself "I'm way back, this is bad, I've embarrassed myself and I'm not representing the Team Novo Nordisk jersey that I wore very well." As I headed out of the shoot for my run I gave myself two units of insulin, I knew I would be done by the time it began working and wanted to avoid a post race spike. (For those that want to bad mouth me for that you can, but know that I had plenty of food and gels to fix a low if it did happen.) I once again thought to myself just finish, I was sore but my mindset made my second run a little slower than it should have been. When I finished I looked around and didn't see many people, I decided to check the computer to see how I did and was shocked with my results. I was happy but the biggest result would be my blood sugar. As I got to the car I was nervous but when I saw 106 I couldn't help but smile and do a little celebration.
Looking at the racers that finished ahead of me, I need to work on my transition time, the winner was only in the transition for 20 seconds each time. I like duathlons a lot, I like that I'm getting better at controlling my blood sugar while I race. I feel today I was a little bit lucky as far as my blood sugar goes. Some of it is luck in every race, I have a lot to learn still but I'm excited for my next duathlon!!