Thursday, April 23, 2009

How much damage could it Du?

I'm having a ridiculously hard time trying to decide whether or not to try my hand at the Off Road Duathlon Championship Saturday in Richmond, VA. On one hand it's 2 hours away in Richmond, VA and I haven't been specifically training for it, nor have I exactly tapered for it (today I ran at lunch and then put in 8 moderate mountain bike miles with Brian after work). I also don't have a good pair of trail runners and my two pairs of running shoes currently in use are somewhat less then stellar on technical terrain...

On the other hand, I've been consistantly running since the build up for the Cherry Blossom 10 miler, I've been riding and feeling really good on the mountain bike a bit lately and don't feel like I'd be at any big disadvantage there, I've got tomorrow to rest and well, shoes are shoes right? Considering next weekend I'm doing a 12 hour race I better be good to go on the mountain bike right?

Plus this is the National Championship Race, something I've never done, nor have I really ever considered doing before. It'd be pretty cool to see where I stack up against the competition on this too; so long as I don't get completely trampled to the ground and humbled beyond repair. I've got to feel at least somewhat good about myself going into next weekends' race...

So, I have 1 day to decide. If I do go, I'll get some cool swag... though I don't think I can let myself be swayed by that.

4 comments:

"El Carne" said...

think I saw you running last week across the 14th bridge. I also thought about doing the race up in Richmond, but decided not to. There is one in July in Flintstone, MD. July 12th to be exact. Its Xterra that includes both a DU and a TRI.

KMAX said...

That was probably me on my way back from an "extended" lunch...

I've actually got that race on the calendar, though I'd likely do the Tri. I've never done an off-road multi sport race and assuming I do at least 1 of the xterra races this year it'd probably be good to get the experience I'm thinking...

"El Carne" said...

I do some running at noon as well. I've been doing some double workouts over at Fountain Head. Doing the loop once on the MTB then going over to the other side and running on the BULL RUN Trail (hard ass run).

Let me know if you ever want to hook up for a run at noon.

KMAX said...

Sounds good to me. I tend to run solo most of the time which probably limits my performance as a runner. What kind of pace do you run?