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Duathlon harder than sprint tri?(5 posts)

Duathlon harder than sprint tri?hrv
Sep 17, 2003 10:22 AM
Want to try one of the above next year and not sure which, maybe do both. I'm a very slow (legs sinking, even with kicking!) swimmer, and even though I haven't run in awhile,
I thought I'd have an 'easier' time doing the du.

Now I'm thinking otherwise after realizing that the duathlon consists of a run, bike, then run again. So you pound your legs in the first run then have to hammer on the bike instead of a relatively short, easy-on-the-legs swim
then bike? Hmmm...might have to reconsider and get some swim lessons. As far as my bike fitness, I'm a cat. 4 road racer, looking for some podiums for next season.

How much harder is it to transition to the bike from a run vs. a swim? Do you have to consider yourself a really strong runner if you're doing a duathlon vs. a tri?
Just try both and decide?

Thanks!
hrv
re: Duathlon harder than sprint tri?brider
Sep 17, 2003 11:13 AM
The transition from run to bike isn't that hard, especially if you're accustomed to the disoriented feeling of coming out of the water and being cold. But having already run once and come off the bike makes the second transition harder than a tri, in my opinion.
just tri bothSteve_0
Sep 18, 2003 5:05 AM
everyones different.
Will du (nm)hrv
Sep 18, 2003 7:17 AM
re: my 2 centswilki5
Oct 27, 2003 10:15 AM
Haven't done a tri yet but did my first standard distance du this summer (10k run, 40k bike, 5k run). First transition wasn't that hard actually very nice to switch up the muscles and stop the pounding. Second transition was the harder one and that second run was interesting, definetly would have helped to do some more bike-run bricks as the feeling was almost identical.

Good luck with either/both.