Yesterday was the 28th Annual Brooklyn Duathlon. Actually, it's the first time that the NY Tri Club actually called it a duathlon instead of a biathlon, and it's only the seventh time on this course, but I digress. Over the years this race has been our traditional season opener, and it has treated us well. Back in the day, it was Chris Bergland's first multisport victory, and a few years ago our ladies (Amy May, Jeannine Bardo, Yvonne Kingon) swept the podium with a 1,2,3 finish. Yesterday was no exception.
It was Nicole Sin Quee's first multisport race in 18 months. She had only been outdoors on a bike three times since then, and since she's been busy taking care of our 5-month old son, her training has been quite different than in the past. It has consisted mostly of Computrainer rides and running to and from work with a bag on her back 3-4x/week, coupled with a weekly team workout and long run. Nicole started strong, finishing the first 2.06 mile run in 12:57 (6:17/mile). That brought her into transition a few seconds behind the leader. She quickly gained the lead on the bike, putting up the fastest split of the day. She finished with a 12:46 second run (also fastest split for the day), and a convincing 2.5 minute gap over the second place finisher. In addition, Nicole was well over a minute faster than her last time at the Brooklyn Bi/Du, and posted the third fastest time in the seven year history of the course. Not a bad comeback.
In the men's race, we had Fabian Gallardo and Jon Miles, both in training for Ironman but looking for a fun, early season event. Fabian finished 7th overall and won his age group, while Miles bested his previous PR by two minutes, finishing 10th overall and also winning his age group.
Here's Nicole's race report.
Congratulations and happy holiday.