I participated in my first ever duathlon (1.5m run, 14m bike, 3.2m run), basically a triathlon with the swim portion replaced with another run. I’ve been dreaming for years about completing a triathlon, but with me being a major couch potato I thought for sure it was just a pipe dream. Now that I have a “real” bike, I figured it's time for me to act, because a dream without action will always be a dream, right? So what I’ve only been riding for about 7 weeks after 30+ years of inactivity and not to mention that I HATE running!!! But I figured since I've been riding my bike somewhat consistently for the past few weeks, I should be able to complete this event without too much fanfare. WRONG!!!!! This was by far one of the hardest things I’ve ever attempted do, especially since my training program for this was VERY inadequate and I was nowhere near prepared for this event.
During the 1.5m run, my legs felt as though they were going to explode!! I started walking after about .25 miles, yep that wasn’t a typo, that’s point 2-5 miles into the race! With my legs tight as “all get out” and feeling like fire, I somehow manage to make it to the biking portion. I figured once I started biking I could rest my legs by coasting. What I soon learned, although I’ve been logging in the miles by “riding” my bike these past few weeks it did not prepare me for “racing”. I didn't see anyone coasting, other than me!! If I hear “on your left” one more time I’m going to vomit!
For the last run, I figured I would run a minute then walk a minute. That lasted all of 30 seconds. I ran 30 seconds then walk for 2-3 minutes. I kept this pattern up until I got to the finish line. I did finish, but I got my butt handed to me on a silver platter.
Since this really wasn’t a triathlon, I guess I still need to complete one to make my dream a reality. However, for me I can smell the roses much better by “riding” my bike versus “racing”. Outside of maybe completing a triathlon at some point in time, I’m going to stick with bike “rides”...