Surftown Duathlon + Weekend Adventures for the Soul

This weekend was eventful!  I headed down to San Diego for my first duathlon (words cannot describe!) but I also had fantastic weekend adventures for the soul.

First off, after having my hair lightened (P.S. my mom is the best hair stylist in Fallbrook), I helped my brother buy a car on Saturday!


Check out this stud!

Later I met up with one of my oldest friends, Danielle.  One nice thing about living in a small town my entire life is that I have friends who date back to the 3rd grade (a.k.a. Danielle) and even to my 2nd birthday (a.k.a Ashleigh).  [FYI, you will most likely see them pop up on this blog from time to time.]  The special thing about these friendships is we can go a year without seeing each other, but pick things up as if no time has passed.  But back to my beautiful friend, Danielle, who is one of the most caring people I have ever met.  She is the type of person who will go out of her way to help friends, family, and even, strangers in need.   I could go on and on about how great Danielle is, but you get the point… she is awesome!

Danielle, her fiancé Nick, a friend John, and I went out to Old Town Temecula for drinks, live music, and dinner on Saturday night.   We started the evening with cocktails, like the Roboto, which was a watermelon basil drink! YUM!


After listening to some live music, we ate at Public House.  I knew the food would be amazing because there was a two hour wait!  It basically rocked my world! Check out these eats.


With all the drinks and unhealthy food, let’s just say I was off to a good start for the duathlon the following morning. Totally worth it!

Sunday morning I woke bright, well dark, and early at 3:30 a.m. to get ready for the duathlon.  I was doing surprisingly well on only 5 hours of sleep.  With much convincing the day before, my brother agreed to come with me to Imperial Beach Surftown Duathlon.  My friend, Terry, met me down in Imperial Beach where we got set up for the race.


Overall the race went well, though I say that with some hesitation.  You see, I didn’t actually start the first run with everyone else.  Terry and I were in line to use the restroom and lost track of time.  We didn’t realize the race already started until about 8 minutes in.  Oops. :)  To our defense, there was a lot of confusion about when the duathlon started versus the triathlon.

Since I got a late start, I went out at full speed.  I can’t say how fast I ran because I forgot to start my watch during all the commotion and frustration.  (I may have said a few curse words!)  I think the first mile was around an 8 minute pace.


Once I got back to the transition area, I had calmed down a bit and focused on the task at hand.  The transition to bike went smoothly at about one minute.   Once the wind was in my hair, I was completely in the zone.  Did I mention that I love biking?!  So much so that I improved my pace by 4 minutes, making my bike time 34:14.   I was happy again.


After transitioning from biking (1:20), it was time for the 5k.  I ran the first mile at 8:34, the second mile at 9:16, and the final mile at 8:39, which made this my new PR!  I was doubleplus happy!


The race was followed by a birthday celebration for my brother (29) and grandpa (84!)  We ate a lot of good food, opened presents, and enjoy each other’s company.  My mom made the cute fruit kabobs and my grandma made the chile relleno casserole.

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Overall I had an amazing weekend.  The duathlon was a great learning experience.  For instance, some of the racers dismounted their bikes without removing their clipless shoes from the pedal!  Also, pay attention to start times, Jillienne!!!! Anyways, I am looking forward to the next duathlon, and hopefully, triathlon soon!


How was your weekend!?

27 thoughts on “Surftown Duathlon + Weekend Adventures for the Soul

  1. Congrats! Very nice segment by segment breakdown. I’m thinking about competing in duathlons next spring. I love, love, love cycling, and I’m warming up to running.

  2. Congrats, I love reading and seeing your pictures from your weekend. As your Mom, so proud of you. You rock in my world. :-) :-) Love love you!

    • Why thank you Sarah! It’s hard to keep in touch when you move around so often, but at least you get to meet new and exciting people.

  3. You better bet I would have uttered a few curse words too lol! Congrats though lady. I don’t think I could ever be capable of doing a duathalon so no matter what your time is (PR or not) it is super impressive!!!

    Don’t you love friends with whom time can fly but it feels like you saw them yesterday? These are the people who bring me true joy. Hold onto them ;) Also I NEED THAT BURGER!
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    • Lol! I was so upset! Oh well… at least I finished. Sprint duathlons are surprisingly not so bad. I bet you could do one if you trained for it!

    • I was intimidated too! I wasn’t sure what to expect but everyone was really nice and offered advice before the race. It was a great learning experience!

      And thank you!!!

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