Duathlon... new runner

  • GoodPup

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    Apr 04, 2013 3:39 AM GMT
    I just signed up for the Camp Pendleton Duathlon that is coming up pretty soon. I have always done a ton of cycling so feel confident there, but running sucks for me. Luckily the duathlon is only a 5K, but its a 5K run, a 30K bike ride, then another 5K run. So it'll be a good test to how I am doing with running since it is not crazy distances.

    So.... I know what I typically wear when running. And I know the stuff I got for cycling. But... new to doing both and transitions and stuff. Should I be wearing something comfortable enough to do both in? I assume a cyclong jersey would get annoying while running and definitely no padded bike shorts. ha!

    Any suggestions for me from you guys that also throw in a 2nd transition?
  • DanOmatic

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    Apr 04, 2013 1:38 PM GMT
    As in triathlon, most of your more serious competitors will wear either a one-piece trisuit or maybe trishorts and a top (either a triathlon top or a cycling jersey). The trisuits and trishorts have a bit of padding that makes the bike leg comfortable without the bulk of regular bike shorts that can make running awkward.

    However, I believe each person has to figure out what works best for him--it may be that you're perfectly fine doing the running and riding portions in regular bike wear.

    The only things you should worry about in transitions is changing shoes and putting on a helmet, not changing or putting on additional clothes.
  • GoodPup

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    Apr 08, 2013 3:59 PM GMT
    Thanks... yeah, the whole transition thing will be interesting to figure out. I figured the less you have to do the better... just not sure how it works yet.
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    Apr 08, 2013 4:03 PM GMT
    When I do duathlons, I wear a trisuit---works well for transitions
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    Apr 08, 2013 4:23 PM GMT
    I did my first duathlon earlier this year and like you I was a cyclist who is weaker in running. For training, I did one morning a week of running beyond the total event distance at race pace and one day a week of bricks (run bike run). And the other days focused on cycling icon_biggrin.gif

    The event was in early March, so temps were cool/cold at the start. So I ran in my bike bibs and jersey with a wind blocking base layer. Now that it is getting warmer, I'll wear a tri-suit for my next event.

    I agree with what DanOmatic said about transitions. In a duathlon, you really only need to change your shoes and lose the helmet. Race lock laces help with your running shoes. Practice before the event. Have fun.
  • GoodPup

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    Apr 12, 2013 1:11 AM GMT
    So apparently the dates I had were way off... its not till August. So I got a lot more time to be prepared for it. ha! But thanks for the info... gonna start tossing in more mixed up training
  • JohnDoe9688

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    Apr 12, 2013 1:20 AM GMT
    Go with a tri suit! I have a tri suit I bought off amazon by a brand named "Astek". It doubles as a skintight bike suit and running suit, and I liked it because the "padding" for the bike was extremely thin, almost undetectable. For the transition from bike to run I just pulled the top part down (wiggledout of the shoulder straps) and put on a normal t-shirt. It never got uncomfortable and it was a really long triathlon.
  • JohnDoe9688

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    Apr 12, 2013 1:25 AM GMT
    O, also, don't worry about the transitions being confusing at all! As long as you practice putting on/taking off your helmet/shoes quickly you'll be fine. I just did my first triathlon 3 weeks ago and was really nervous about the transitions, thinking they'd be really confusing and what not. I never even practiced transitioning at all, and on race day I knew exactly what to do. Its really straightforward and there are tons of race volunteers there usually to help you out if you get confused.
  • DanOmatic

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    Apr 12, 2013 11:32 AM GMT
    Hey JaseinOC, if your race isn't until August, you have plenty of time to practice your transitions. It's amazing how much time you can either save or lose in transition. Also, I bet there are lots of races between now and August, so why not sign up for a couple of them to practice for your "A" race.
  • GoodPup

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    Apr 13, 2013 6:49 PM GMT
    Yeah... I guess I could sign up for more. Been focused on just getting one done but I guess no reason to not do more.
    I like to think I can do the shoes pretty quick... but I guess I oughta practice and make sure I got it down.