Duathlon training – stepping up

Saturday, 06. 13. 2009  –  Category: Mountain biking, Running

I’m planning on competing in a few duathlons this autumn, starting in just over 3 months time at the Xtreme Terrain Festival where I ran my first duathlon last year.

Following that I have my eye on an adventure race in October (10k, 25k MTB, 1.5 kayak), and hoping to do both the Mudman duathlon and HellRunner (running only) events in Novemeber.

I did the Spring Mudman in March this year and HellRunner last year, both very hilly courses and with 6 days of one another. That’s going to be tough so I need to step up the training now.

Heading out shortly to up the ante on my mountain biking skills and endurance, heading over to Leith Hill for the first time. It’s come recommended and sounds great from the reviews.

Also catching up on some duathlon reading thanks to a handy Google Duathlon RSS feed.

A few interesting posts popped up recently…

Clark off-road duathlon 3
A first time duathlete, with limited bike experience, but sounds like a good (elite?) runnner. Reminds me of my first duathlon… I was different – I thought I was good on a bike but hadn’t trained properly. You get some top athletes at these events so without proper training you’ll get left behind. That was my experience not that of this blogger, SEABISKWIT.

The “Joy” Of Climbing A Hill On A Bike
Not a duathlon post, just mountain bike related but well worth a read none the less. Very quotable article, I liked this bit: “Suffering is at the heart of every hardcore cyclist’s connection to the sport—not just the acceptance of suffering, but the whole-body embrace as if you’ve just found your lost child—and nowhere will you suffer more than on the hills. They are the ultimate proving ground of the cyclist, road or mountain, and we can’t help but be drawn to them.”

Also check out the photos on the Mountain Biking in the Most Beautiful Places on Earth post about riding in Italy’s Dolomite Mountains.

Now, time to hit the road.

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8 Responses to “Duathlon training – stepping up”

  1. Chris Says:

    Hi, Have you any tips? Doing my first duathlon in April. I’m more biased to MTB but recently been putting the miles in on foot. Do you know of any good sites with training tips etc. Cheers

  2. myra Says:

    hey thanks for such nice information, it helped me a lot, i have found some interesting articles on racing,getting training on marathon,dualthon on the following website- http://www.younghopes.com/sports-recreations-304.html

  3. Paul Goodwin Says:

    I am new to this sport and looking to complete an off road duathlon (Mudman or Iceman Veterans Group) in the Autumn/Winter 2010/11. I live very close to both venues and I can easily gear my training on this terrain. I am looking for a training plan and any tips to get me through the events. Any help you can provide would be much appreciated.

  4. Adam Says:

    Hi Paul

    Duathlon season is coming right around the corner it seems. I’m gearing up for my third XTD at the end of September but hoping to do some or all of the Mudman/HumanRace series.

    From what I remember of Mudman, the hills are the killer and more so on the run than the bike. The bike section is fairly fast and not too technical. The run is hill after hill after hill!

    As always with duathlons the best bit of advice I could give (and I’m no pro by any stretch) is on top of any usual training you may do on bike and foot, make sure you combine the disciplines into single training sessions, known as Brick training. More info here: http://www.tri247.com/article_2084.html

    Good luck.

  5. Driving Days Says:

    Hi! I am a huge sports fan, I love mountain biking, running, swimming… but I am not sure if i’ll be able to survive a duathlon. How many months training do you need? What’s the average time in which you are supposed to finish the competition?Do you have to be good at both activities to complete the duathlon? Thank you!

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