36 WAYS TO SMASH DUATHLON
The UK triathlon season is drawing to a close, so it’s time to swap the tri-suit for the telly, right? Think again, because here’s tri’s muddier, grittier and (whisper it) tougher sibling, duathlon. And here’s how you can conquer it…
Expert training advice, kit suggestions and sessions to guarantee run, bike, run success
London’s Richmond Park may be famous for its deer and ancient woodlands, but it’s also the location of the bona fide start of the UK duathlon season and the world’s biggest run/bike/run event. Because on 16 September, 3,000 racing stags (apologies!) will take on the London Duathlon in the Royal Park, before the du season heads to Bowood, Bedford, Box Hill and a host of destinations across the length and breadth of the nation.
While it may lack the exposure of its slightly-elder sibling, duathlon is an enthralling challenge in its own right; a pure battle with the elements that’ll test your pacing abilities, stamina and speed to their outer limits. And the often bitingly-cold conditions open up another dimension to the race, one that many believe is a tougher allround experience than tri.
The format finds triathlon’s swim leg swapped for an opening run, which over the standard duathlon-distance of 10km run/40km bike/5km run doubles the amount of running compared to an Olympic-distance triathlon. While that may sound like triathlon without the scary bit at the start, a duathlon is fraught with performance pitfalls, from opening run pacing mistakes to double jelly-leg syndrome and clothing catastrophes.
That’s why we’ve produced your ultimate guide to smashing duathlon, featuring the key sessions, race-day advice, gear options and much more. And, as an added bonus, including duathlon in your racing programme from autumn through to spring is also a surefire way to boost your multisport conditioning, improve endurance and strengthen your race performance come the 2019 triathlon season. Now, what are you waiting for?!