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2 mile run/ 12 mile bike/ 2 mile run<br>
Time 1:02:08<br>
7/64 OV<br>
1/6 AG (40-44) Hardware!!!<br><br>
Based on last year's times and attendance, I knew going into this race that I would have a good shot at an AG placement. Depending of course on who actually showed up. My goal was to run sub 7:00 pace for the first run, hammer the bike as hard as I possibly could (this is where I knew that I could make up the most time), and hang on for all I could for the second run.<br><br>
This event is run through Rip Van Winkle Gardens, south of Lafayette, La. The area features a plantation home, live oak trees over 150 years old and beautiful gardens and plant nursery. Both runs were inside the garden grounds while the bike took us out onto local country roads.<br><br>
First run: Started off very well, we were a bit bunched up at first, but soon worked ourselves into positions. When we got to the 1 mile mark and I was at 6:45 and feeling good, comfortable and relaxed, I knew the rest of the race was going to go my way. Second mile was like the first and I pulled into T1 at 13:30, still on 6:45 pace.<br><br>
Bike: This is where I knew that I had to give it everything and I wasted no time. I immediately set my sites on the bike in front of me and passed him. I then set my sites on the next bike, and passed him. I kept this up for the entire 12 miles, hammering as hard as I could, each guy in front of me becomming a new target to pass.<br><br>
The first half of the bike course was into some headwinds and the road surface was a bit rough. Even though I was gaining, it still wasn't quite what I was hoping for. With about 4 miles to go, we turned onto a better road with a tail wind and at that point I cranked it up another notch and it was "Warp factor one: Engage!".<br><br>
And I'll say this; I love passing guys with carbon bikes, aero helmets and rear discs. I know their set up cost twice what I've got, and I'd love to have their set up. But they gotta be thinking. "What the..." when I pass them. And I purposely speed it up even more, just so I can blow by them like they are sitting still.<br><br>
When I get into T2 there are very few bikes there. I dont count them but I know that I've never come into a second transition with so few bikes ahead of me.<br><br>
T1/Bike/T2 time was 34:07, 7th place OV bike split.<br><br>
Second Run: Just hang on for whatever I've got left. I know one guy in my AG was about 30 seconds behind me. How do know this? Cause he's the current prez of our Tri club and our BDays are 3 days apart. And there's one guy in front of me that looks like he's my age (they didn't mark our ages on our legs, so I'm not sure who is who). I soon pass the guy in front of me and check things behind me at each turn. It's still looking good and since I'm not sure of my overall placement at this point, I'm thinking that I have at least a 2nd place in my AG.<br><br>
I crank it up one more notch for the last bit and cruise into the finish with a 14:31 (7:16pace) second run.<br><br>
After all the dust has settled and we get to look at the results, I find that I've finished 1st in my AG!! Woo Hoo!!<br>
7th overall! Whoa, I've never done that well in any race before.<br>
In my AG I had the 3rd place first run, 2nd place bike, and 1st place second run.<br>
The one guy that I passed on the second run was in my AG. Whew, I'm glad I pushed it to pass him.<br>
There was 30 seconds between first place and third place in our AG, the narrowest margin of any of the AG placements.<br><br>
This is the first bit of hardware that I've won in almost 4 years of running and 1 year of multisport. Other than getting 3rd OV at my first beginners tri (but they only gave out finisher's medals).<br><br>
And I have to brag on my tri club prez who is a great runner/triathlete. After finishing 3rd in our AG, he offers to let me use his aero wheels and helmet at our club Duathlon next weekend. He's the RD and won't be racing so he's gonna let me try out his wheel set. I can't say enough about him- awesome guy and a great sport!<br><br>
Speaking of our tri club. I think we had 7 guys and gals in this Du, and everyone of us brought home hardware in their respective AGs.<br><br><br>
One other thing:<br>
Lake Peigneur, which is right next to Rip Van Winkle Gardens made history in 1980 with this interesting event<br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwU1fLHqkFg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwU1fLHqkFg</a>
 

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Damn you're speedy. Looks like you're setting yourself up for a super successful HIM & IM year. Congrats on the HW Kyle!
 

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Awesome job, Kyle. It's fun being that far up in a race. Only with me, I find it much more motivating to keep my eye on my placement in the overall race as opposed to age group, but that's probably more me and my personality because I more often than not don't have the patience to keep track of age groupers. Figure if I put my energy into moving up as many slots as possible I'll be in the best standing that I can anyway, because I treat everybody as if they're in my age group.<br><br>
Impressive run speed, too. I'm guessing your season is just rolling forward while we here in the north are still deep in winter, but for this early season and with that run speed, you have a lot of good things ahead of you. And I guess that knowing the running base you have.<br><br>
Congratulations. Take this confidence right into the next one.
 

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First I gotta tell you that whenever I read one of your posts I get this Band lyric stuck in my head...<br><br><i>...To Lake Charles, Louisiana, that little Bessie, girl that I once knew<br>
She told me just to come on by, if there's anything that she could do</i><br><i>Up on Cripple Creek she sends me<br>
If I spring a leak she mends me<br>
I dont have to speak, she defends me<br>
A drunkard's dream if I ever did see one</i><br><br>
And as for the race... Fantastic effort!! Way to reel those guys in and take home the hardware!! Very commendable!<br><br>
And as for the whirlpool... That sucks.
 

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Kyle is a ROCKSTAR! I'm just glad he didn't take a nap under a tree for 20 years!
 

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THose are hurlin' fast times, Kyle.<br>
Great job.
 

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wow, great race! congrats on the hardware
 

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Wow Kyle - awesome effort! Congrats on the race and the hardware <img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif">
 

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Great race Kyle! You did what you had to do - no pacing yourself, just about flat out the entire race. Nice going on chasing down that guy in front of you too! Feeling the pressure from behind keeps you motivated to not let up, doesn't it?
 

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Way to go!!!<br><br>
Looks like we both had a pretty good weekend!!!!!!!!!<br><br>
Maybe I can make it to LA one of these days to race. Friends are trying to talk me into Cajunman - hopefully I can make that one.
 

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But the real question is: When you hear the lyric, do you think of me?<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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I dont know yet when Cajunman is. Our club triathlons (T-Gator series) are on these dates:<br>
Apr 6<br>
May 18<br>
July 13<br>
Maybe you could make one of them.
 

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Awesome, makes me want to take my Huffy do the local Du this year. Relentless pays off, inspiring! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 
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