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Anyone: Duathlon training(9 posts)

Anyone: Duathlon trainingMaverick
May 19, 2003 3:36 AM
Hi guys,

Entered my first race in the duathlon, comprising of 10k run – 60k bike riding – 8k run

The initial 10k run was quite ok, completed in approx 40min. The 60k bike ride took me another 1:48min to complete.

During the transition period from the bike riding to the final 8k run, I did not encounter any cramps on my legs. However my quads and hamstrings were simply too stiff, and I couldn't stride nor maintain a constant speed in the run. . It took me a ridiculous 57min to complete the 8k, which effected my overall placing.

Prior to the race, I have consistently train for the transition from bike to run and vice versa (though I did not try the actual distance), and I did not encounter any problems unlike the during race

Could someone give me some feedback on the correct training methods, and how to improve on the final running leg?

Thanks for the help
re: Anyone: Duathlon trainingJuanmoretime
May 19, 2003 5:15 AM
Sunday is always brick day for me. If I'm competing in the 5K -30K - 5K format I run usually 5 miles coming off the bike. For longer races, when I used to race at Powerman I would run 8 miles coming off the bike. What type of bike arfe you using, geometry? Alegedly forward geometry leaves your legs fresher for the run.
re: Anyone: Duathlon trainingMaverick
May 19, 2003 7:27 AM
i'm currently using the standard geometry bike frame, non-sloping

well, i'm actually competing in the Powerman series..my very first one though.
re: Anyone: Duathlon trainingJuanmoretime
May 19, 2003 9:02 AM
Try working on your bricks and make sure your getting proper hydration ob the bike. If it's hot and or your a heavy sweater, you may need some electrolite replacment. Low sodium will give you leg cramps.
Duathlon Questionnewhouse
May 19, 2003 8:06 AM
i'll be doing my first duathlon sometime this summer and had a complete newbie question - what do you wear for shorts? i mean do you wear bike shorts for both, do they make some sort of special duathlon/triathlon clothing, or do you wear running shorts (ouch) for both?
Duathlon QuestionJuanmoretime
May 19, 2003 9:05 AM
I've raced in running shorts, your right about the ouch. I've seen some people slip into bike shorts in the transition area. I run in the typical tri-greek Speedo marble bag. They actually do have a little padding and takes some of the sting out of it.
Duathlon QuestionTNSquared
May 19, 2003 9:12 AM
What about unpadded or very lightly padded cycling shorts? Many years ago, Hind made a "triathlon short" which was basically an unpadded cycling short. I assume they removed all padding due to the swim. True, left your butt a little sore, but it was tolerable just for the race itself and at least prevented the chafing that I got when I cycled in running shorts.

Been out of it for years, just curious if anyone still wears anything like this.
Duathlon Questiondotkaye
May 19, 2003 10:09 AM
use triathlon shorts, I like De Soto,
http://www.trisports.com/desotpowtris.html
or Titan Wear,
http://titanwear.com/cgi-bin/merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=TWC&Product_Code=TS-331

but there are numbers of different tri shorts out there. All are shorter than bike shorts, with somewhat less padding, and very comfortable to ride and run in. Actually I find mine more comfortable than bike shorts, so I'm gradually replacing all my bike shorts with these.
may want to try the site www.slowtwitch.comabicirider
May 19, 2003 9:38 AM
Dan Empfield with whom I helped get Quintana Roo Started in the late 80's has this site Slowtwitch.com devoted to Tri's and duathlons some real good info, also other good contributors ie Mark Montgomery, Scott Molina (the old guys)
Hope this helps.
Be safe Out On The Roads!!!!!
Ray Still
Mooresville, NC
PS if you ever talk or email Dan or Mark tell them Ray Still Says hey