5/16/2020 USA Triathlon Virtual Sprint Duathlon Scott Orlando

5/16/2020

USA Triathlon Virtual Sprint Duathlon

5K Run, 20K Bike and 2.5K Run

Overall Time 1:10:12

Overall Place:  228

5K Run Time:  23:34

5K Run Place:  332

20K Bike Time:  35:55

20K Bike Place:  377

2.5K Run Time:  10:43

2.5K Run Place:  144

Race Review By Scott Orlando

This was my first time attempting a virtual duathlon.   The rules were very liberal allowing the race to be done in a single session or broken into multiple sessions.  The race could also be completed indoors using treadmills and stationary bikes or outside.  Due to weather, time restraints and other training goals,  I chose to complete my race in three separate sessions.  I completed the two runs outside and the bike inside.  Timing was conducted automatically by syncing your GPS watch to the Fit Rankings App.  This worked very easily but I did find that it had one small glitch.  I quickly learned that Fit Rankings automatically used a training run as my 5K time for the race.  As soon as I synced the app to my GPS watched Immediately received notification that the training run I had just performed was used as my 5K race time.  There didn’t seem to be a way to change it so I just let it stand.  I completed the bike portion of the race indoors on my stationary bike.  I must say the added motivation of the race made me really work harder on the bike then I had been doing in previous training sessions.  The short 2.5K run I completed as the last leg of a 5 mile run.  After 3.4 miles of easy running I reset my watch and ran the remaining 1.55 miles at race pace.  I was pretty happy that my mile split was 6:47 and that my finish pace was 6:52 after already running 3.5 miles at a 7:55 mile pace.  Overall is was a fun experience and I did find that the race motivated and pushed me to train harder then I probably would have had I not registered for it.

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