Are you a keen athlete? Perhaps you like running, especially over distances? Are you also a keen cyclist? Cycling is a great way of training, and also of keeping fit, and can be a great way of toning the muscles in the thighs. Did you know there is an official athletics event that combines both running and cycling? It’s called the Duathlon, and if you haven’t tried one, you will find it to be an invigorating and genuinely testing event! There are various types of duathlons, over different distances – we will come to those in a moment – but needless to say, you need to be very fit, and very keen, to attempt one of these fun and exciting events.
The sprint triathlon is perhaps the most popular version, and sets the format for all other types. You begin with a 5km run, over a chosen course, followed by a 20kmk ride, and the finish is conducted over a 2.5km final run. Even that, you can see, will be remarkably taxing! There are official events in many places – both amateur and professional – so you should be able to find one you can enter.]
The standard version begins with 10km on foot, followed by 40km on the bike, and finishes with a 5km run. This is the version used in most official athletics events. If you really want to punish yourself, you could try the long course: you run 10km, they ride for 150km, and finish with a gruelling 30km run! As you will see, only the most highly trained and able athletes will be able to tackle this!
Of course, you will need an appropriate bike for your duathlon attempt, and as this is a rod course, it will be a racing model. Now, these are not cheap, so we recommend you make sure it is safe and secure when not in use. This means having a good, secure lock, so that you can be sure your bike will be there when you need it. There are many different types of bike locks available, so it pays to pick one that has good reviews and a high security rating.
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If you do want to try a duathlon, we recommend you look for an athletics club that offers you the chance to try a short version in the first instance. So, get your bike out, get ready to run, and then get ready to ride – it could be your new favourite thing!