Finally kicked off the season this weekend with a win at the Shamrock Duathlon. While duathlons are usually associated with poorly-run and non-competitive races, this was a top-notch event. Bravo to the Hartford Marathon Foundation for putting this on.
The race itself went smoothly: a relaxed 16:51 first 5k to come in to transition first, then a strong 26k bike in which I had the 3rd fastest split, but managed to stay in front. The final 5k was a hot one and I was happy to have built up a lead by that point. At this point in the season, I'm "racing into shape", which can be a painful process.
It wasn't until the awards ceremony that I realized the first place prize: a full-scale broadsword! Have no idea what I'm gong to do with this one.