Self-supported Duathlon, Sprint Distance

July 27, 2008 3 By Jakob

With only, well, very little time to go before the birth I thought the hot weather in Amsterdam today was a great opportunity to go and do a self-supported Duathlon. Inspired by Astrid (who says her legs are a machine…) and Mads and first got the idea from the good guys at 140.6, I went for a more modest distance than the ironman guys and did a duathlon instead of a triathlon.

And it just felt great. Doing the first run in about 27 minutes is not that great, but with another 22,5 kilometers to go of the official ITU sprint distance. Next up was 20 km bike which went pretty good and finishing the entire event with a quick 2,5 kilometers repeating my kilometer speed from earlier, finishing that run in about 13-14 minutes.

I’m wondering why I didn’t do this much earlier. Thing is that if you want to do a self-supported triathlon, you need to think of logistics like what to bring to the water; where to put your bike; where to put your swimming gear afterwards, etc. A self-supported duathlon is much different: Just run 2,5 kilometers and run back where you have your bike. Then ride 10 kilometers and 10K back to the shoes, and do those 2,5 kilometers + some cooldown. Easy!

Anybody with half-decent running and cycling skills can get themselves to a level where they’ll beat my 1 hour 26 minutes or so time. And so will I. Try it out for yourself, but be careful – you might just get hooked on it!