There’s a Duathlon scheduled this Sunday at Clark. Truth be told, I find duathlons more difficult than triathlons. In triathlons, I’ve got the battle plan down pat: easy swim, pedal at a comfortable pace at the bike then go for broke on the run. In duathlons, there’s a 10k run staring at me from the get go, I’m afraid I’ll already be out of breath as I switch on to the bike leg 😦
Early this year, I joined 2 duathlons, both at Clark. The cool weather helped me a lot with the first race and I was really happy with a time of 2:06. In the second race, I bonked during the 2nd run, side stitch and all, and finished with a time of 2:16. As you can see, duathlons are a different animal altogether.
Ok, here’s the battle plan for this Sunday: Easy first 5K to get the juices flowing then go a bit harder for the next 5K. Rest up on the first and last loops of the bike leg (5 loops=40K). Then, go hard for the final 5K run. As far as times are concerned, I’ll aim for a 55 min 10K run, 1:25 for the 40K bike and a sub-28 for the last 5K. If things go as planned, a sub 2:50 should be within reach. Last year, I did a 3:06 for the standard distance. So I’m really happy with anything under 3 hours. Why the sub 2:50 goal then you might ask? Blame Philip 🙂
I’m really excited for Philip as he will race his first Duathlon. I’m looking forward to see how Monica Torres will do as well as she has improved A LOT in her times from previous races. Wow, can’t wait 🙂 Let’s see if I will be able to meet my pre-race goals, hehe.