Duathlons – my latest goal

Bike and tree

I added a new goal to my list today. Actually, to be more accurate I revised an old goal that had slipped for a while. 

18Months ago I entered my first ever MultiSport race. A duathlon. I do a lot of cross country mountain biking and a friend of mine invited me, along with a bunch of others, asked whether I was interested and I decided to give it a go.  There were 6 of us who signed up to that first one, some of whom had competed in triathlons and similar events before. This one was a fairly simple 2/10/2. That is – 2 miles running, 10 miles cycling, 2 miles running. ALL offroad, so significantly harder than you might think at first glance, although obviously not quite an Iron Man event 🙂

We had 3 Months warning for that event, and I hadn’t actually jogged further than a few hundred yards in almost 5 years. My cycling kept me fit, but jogging even 2 miles was a challenge initially, and I remember my first training run hurting for a week!  I did keep going though, and I did enter. On my own, as it turned out, as the other 5 all fell by the wayside with various excuses.

I finished it. 102nd out of 153 finishers and a half dozen who didn’t make it to the end of the cycle section. I was actually at about 80th after the bike ride and dropped a LOT on the second run. (Straightening up after a 10 mile cross country ride and trying to run again is not easy! I must’ve looked a little like an extra from ‘Planet of the Apes’ for a while.)

Top 70% – I was OK with that as a first event, but I KNEW I could do better.  So I planned for the next one, but got overtaken by other events – now I’m going back 🙂

This time I’m aiming for top 40%, and the one following this I’m looking for top 30%. 

So I’m training again. Jogging a couple of times during the week. Cycling more at the weekends, I have a training plan mapped out to get me there. I KNOW I can do it, its just a case of sticking to the plan.

The first one is mid November, and the next is early Feb.

Wish me luck 🙂

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1 Response to “Duathlons – my latest goal”


  1. 1 Jeff.Wang September 9, 2007 at 2:50 am

    wow! That’s great.
    Keep going and I do wish you luck!


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