First Duathlon on 1st August - EEK!!!

Discussion in 'Cyclocross (CX), Duathlon and Triathlon' started by Charlotte Alice Button, 27 Jun 2017.

  1. Charlotte Alice Button

    Charlotte Alice Button Sparkly Mermaid Princess <3

    Location:
    Ashford, Kent
    Hi guys

    I have been brave and pencilled in my first Duathlon at Gravesend Cyclopark on 1st August. These happen on the first Tuesday of every month - for those who are interested! In addition, it is run alongside the standard triathlon as well.

    The format is:

    RUN - 2.5KM
    CYCLE - 15KM
    RUN - 2.2KM

    Its an entry level, so I know I can already do the distance, its just getting my times down. I am hoping I can get some practice in with @ianrauk and @Salty seadog - despite not having a road bike, I am able to compete on my trusty hybrid!

    My first time in the gym doing this equalled these times:

    22:13 - 2.5km Run
    36:22 - 15km Bike
    22:10 - 2.2km Run.

    I am going tonight to have another go, I will use this thread to show my progress!! EEEK!
     
  2. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

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    Best of luck Charlotte.. You'll nail it. Looking forward to seeing your progress and results.
     
  3. steverob

    steverob Über Member

    Location:
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    Good luck! I'm sure you'll do great.

    I did my first ever 5K as part of a duathlon - I was in a relay team and was supposed to only do the cycling leg (20km), but the person doing the first run was involved in an accident a few days before and couldn't compete, so I foolishly said that I'd do legs 1 & 2 despite my longest run ever at the time being just over 2 miles!
     
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    Charlotte Alice Button

    Charlotte Alice Button Sparkly Mermaid Princess <3

    Location:
    Ashford, Kent
    @steverob - check you out taking one for the team and being a trooper - go you!!
     
  5. cyberknight

    cyberknight Legendary Member

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    I know what you mean . legs are to used to going around .I might have stamina a but the legs are not used to it, last time i tried running my legs suffered .
     
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  6. steverob

    steverob Über Member

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    Yeah, but you'll notice that I didn't say how it went... needless to say, your times look outstanding compared to my efforts that day!
     
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    Charlotte Alice Button

    Charlotte Alice Button Sparkly Mermaid Princess <3

    Location:
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    Haha! and I am not even happy with those! my friends can run a 5k at my 2.5k time :-( but just to complete it would make me so happy :wahhey:
     
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    Charlotte Alice Button

    Charlotte Alice Button Sparkly Mermaid Princess <3

    Location:
    Ashford, Kent
    Ok so last night.....ended up at the gym later than I wanted. Stuff happened at home plus I had terrible acid reflux which made me feel really nasty.

    I got to the gym at 9pm. Was half way through my run and felt really bad...like a nasty burning lump in my throat wouldn't go away...however...I persevered. Did my cycle. Then my run.

    22.10 - 2.5km Run (3 seconds faster)
    36.53 - 15km Bike (31 seconds slower)
    21.20 - 2.2km Run (50 seconds FASTER!)

    I'm obviously most happy with my last run....I'm just glad I stuck with it and I loaded up on gaviscon when I got home! I ended up leaving the gym around 10:30pm!
     
  9. i hate hills

    i hate hills Done done on to the next one..........

    Good on you Charlotte for taking this on . I'm sure you'll be fine on the day . All the best . You go girl !!!!!!
     
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    Charlotte Alice Button

    Charlotte Alice Button Sparkly Mermaid Princess <3

    Location:
    Ashford, Kent
    Thanks!!! I am going to practise in the "real world" today to see how the times vary - I will definitely need luck for that!
     
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    Charlotte Alice Button

    Charlotte Alice Button Sparkly Mermaid Princess <3

    Location:
    Ashford, Kent
    My Real World Stats:

    29th July 2017 - Victoria Park, Ashford.
    Run 2.5km - 19:55
    Cycle 15km - 43:58
    Run 2.2km - 19:27

    I was super pleased I did it, my cycle time was slower, but this was due to kids, dogs and other cyclists - plus a big hill I had to do like 6.5 times!
     
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  12. i hate hills

    i hate hills Done done on to the next one..........

    Impressive stuff Charlotte ...i feel tired just reading those times...keep it up.
     
  13. Well done, Charlotte, a wonderful performance, especially, as you know how well you've judged your performance to be two weeks ahead of the quoted date;)

    I've not done one, but a couple of years ago, Angie, a friend of mine was a National Duathlon champion in her age-group (40-44), for whatever association/federation organised it
    Thus, I know how hard it is, to get good at the two sports, & particularly the transition
    (her other half's presently got a National age-group sprint-triathlon title too, so Angie's got a damned good trainer!!)
     
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    Charlotte Alice Button

    Charlotte Alice Button Sparkly Mermaid Princess <3

    Location:
    Ashford, Kent
    I practised yesterday and here are my times:

    2.5km Run - 19:11 (lost 44 seconds) :hyper:
    15km Cycle - 43:10 (lost 48 seconds) :bravo:
    2.2km Run - 18:49 (lost 38 seconds) :dance:
    I was super proud of my effort, especially as I didn't practise the week prior as it was tooooo hot! :sun::sun::sun:
     
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    Charlotte Alice Button

    Charlotte Alice Button Sparkly Mermaid Princess <3

    Location:
    Ashford, Kent
    YIKES!!! Big Day tomorrow! I am working a short day to avoid rushing and extra stress - any last minute advice???!!
     
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