The Fiasco In Pasco
May 27, 2006
by Pat Miller
Pictures by Karen Miller
|The “Fiasco in Pasco” Duathlon—27May06
The “Fiasco” format is a somewhat standard 5k run, 30k bike
ride followed by another 5k run. What sets this apart from many duathlons
is that the run is held on a cross country course often used to challenge
collegiate runners. Multiple loops on gravel, sand and grass clippings
with several short, steep hills along with generally rolling terrain,
it was a great course to run, although not particularly fast……oh
wait, I’M not particularly fast, that’s it….
The ride is on clean, paved roads that make a big loop through the residential
and industrial areas surrounding the airport. Police and volunteers controlling
traffic and directing cyclists at the intersections meant that we simply
had to watch for the orange vested folks, go where they pointed and ride
as fast as we could. Mostly flat with a half-mile long climb repeated
at 3 and 15 miles, the major challenge was the ‘breeze’ in
our face for half the 18.5 mile route. No complaints from me though,
as I ticked off a 58 minute bike split passing 15 or so riders while
getting passed by only one (I got him on the run!). A neat shoe lace
trick I learned from triathlete-extrordinaire-son Kelsey helped speed
me through the transition and out on to the run course for the second
time. For the first half mile or so my stride felt like the heel of the
shoe moving forward didn’t get past the toe of the other shoe before
it hit the ground. It takes me awhile to get stretched out after the
bike ride, although not as long as my first race, so those bike-run ‘brick’ workouts
must be helping.
Fellow old guy/survivor/cyclist/runner Lloyd Campbell was there also making his post broken-neck, damaged calf, I haven’t run much in a long time re-debut and garnering a red ribbon for his efforts.
Even the weather held out to give us decent race conditions and pretty good spectating. Our wonderful wives Karen and Kathy didn’t have to stand in a driving 40 degree rain as the park flooded to take a few pictures. No, this wasn’t much of a “fiasco” but then “fun” and “gnarly” don’t rhyme with Pasco…
Hats off to the 3 Rivers Road Runners!!