Monday, 30 March 2020

Isolation Duathlon

We were schedule to have our first Club race of the year last week, a short duathlon (5km run, 20km cycle and 3km run). Of course the Coronavirus and resulting lockdown put a stop to that. However, being a resourceful, generally highly driven bunch of triathletes we came up with an alternative event.

Over 3 days (respecting government guidelines on daily exercise) I logged the three respective activites trying to achieve decent (race) times, albeit the wind made that very hard. My choice for the first 5km up on the Downs (hills + fierce winds) was really not the best location! Anyway, it was less about the speed and more about the completion.

So my scores on the doors:

5km Run - 24:40 (average pace 4:55 per km)
19.2km Cycle - 38:09 (average speed 30.7 km/h)
3km Run - 13:12 (average pace 4:23 per km)

Total 1:16:01

Obviously there was no transitions to worry about.

I decided to look back at my previous attempts at the Club short duathlon (covering exactly the sames distances but with transitions):

2008: 1:13:05
2009: 1:14:37
2010: 1:12:21
2014: 1:08:48

Oh dear..... that doesn't look too good! I reckon I could have knocked a good couple of minutes off because of the wind but then should have saved on transitions/rest overnight!

Certainly not race fit - a long way to go!

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