Yesterday I made my first appearance at Planet Fitness in awhile. They played it cool -- no one acted super surprised to see that I am moving from the "donor" role to the "fee for service" customer. Good for them! Of course, it is the new year, so probably lots of people with good intentions are showing up about now. I know enough about resolutions and goal-setting to know that I need a plan and some structure.
Being the good researcher that I am, I turned to the internet for books, blogs and more. Regarding duathlon specifically, there's really not that much. I suppose the triathlon people think I can just do that but take out the swimming part. But logically, it seems like the training would be different. So I kept looking. I found a beginner's training schedule, but it doesn't really define what kind of duathlon. The one I've signed up for is 2-mile run, 10-mile bike, 3.1 mile run, which I think is on the easier side, as these things go. And, I've got more than 10 weeks to prepare, so I think if use this one as a guide, I probably can't go too wrong.
So yesterday I went to Planet Fitness and rode a stationary bike for the prescribed 30 minutes. It really wasn't too much like riding the bike I think I will be riding in the duathlon, so I'm musing on how to set up my at home trainer and suitable bike.
Today I went for a run for 15 minutes. I have a circuit that is 1.25 miles that at my current pace was just about 15 minutes, so that will work on days that aren't too cold or wet. And when they are, I have the treadmill at Planet Fitness. Tomorrow I'm supposed to bike 30 minutes and run 15 minutes. I have the day off from work and the weather forecast looks okay, so I'm going to attempt an outside session. I think I need to figure out a biking circuit to match my running circuit so that I can just have my 30-minute ride ready to go. The more time I give myself to overthink things, the more likely I am to not get it done! So, While the weather is okay today, I'll map a route that looks pretty safe even at dawn and time it tomorrow, then adjust from there.
Other interesting resources I've found, if you are also looking for duathlon resources and you found me instead :-) --
Mostly though, I figure if I can train with elements that include: run some, bike some, then run-bike, then run-bike-run, I'll be able to do this.
* I'm not sponsored in any way, but always open to offers!
Extra disclaimer: blogging takes time. Since I have a full time job and NOW I'm training for a duathlon, not sure how often I'll be able to update. But, my intention is to check in at least weekly.