Just DU It! When I lived in
New Jersey, come spring you find, on any given weekend a 5k, 10k or
When I moved here, I found that this was not the case. So for
years I thought about putting a duathlon together. Three years ago I sent out an
email to see if anyone was up for a duathlon in April. I got about 15 people,
same for the second year . Finally someone suggested I make it official and so
was born the Du The Lakes Duathlon.
If you’ve never been part of
multi-sport , duathlon is a great introduction to it, mainly because there’s no
swimming, which can really make or break someone's decision to enter into the
world of multi-sport. If you’ve been toying with the idea of triathlon but
worried because your not a swimmer, duathlon is a great way to get a feel of what
triathlon/multi-sport is all about, without feeling the pressure or anxiety of an
open water swim. We do this for fun, not to be stressed out!
If you’re a
tri-veteran, an early season duathlon is a great way to measure fitness,
practice transition and nutrition. You’d be surprised as to how easy it is to
forget what it feels like to transition from bike to run. You can get all the
kinks out before your first triathlon: kind of a dress rehearsal for the real
Duathlon can be a welcomed change of pace. We get into the same
pattern of swim; bike ; run over and over. Change is good. Change keeps the body
on it’s toes. Give your body something different to do and it’s going to respond
differently only making it stronger.
Ok, so now your fired up to give
Duathlon a go. How do you approach race day? Typically you’ll want to run the
first leg of the run at a slightly slower pace than you would for a normal 5k
(if that is the distance, such as in Du The Lakes). Running at your typical 5k
pace will only blow out your legs. Remember, you still have another 5k to do
after the bike. You’ll want to pace yourself on the bike the same way you would
a triathlon and then the second leg of the run let r’ rip. Pace as you would for
a sprint tri/ 5k.
Duathlon is a great way to get in some early season
competition before the summer tri season begins, or if you’re a newbie, to get
your feet wet without the stress of an open water swim!
Du the Lakes is
May 7th at Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville. You run and bike
on the same course as the Green Lakes Triathlon. Yet another great reason to come
out and do the DU!
Registration for Du The Lakes can be found at www.