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Old 04-22-05, 10:28 AM   #1
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Yet another duathlon question

I recently read that a typical duo-tri training schedule is about 18 weeks. Is this to say that an athlete can only compete in one event every 18 weeks (or however long that person's training schedule is)? I love competeing and would hate to only compete once every 18 weeks because of my training. Then again, without proper training I guess there is no reason to compete. Any advice?
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I think that 18 weeks to get into reasonable shape to complete a Du/Tri... Depending on the distance you may need more or less time to recover between events. I compete only in Sprint Du's, so recovery time between events is only a few days... Competing every other weekend in my case is more than realistic (eventhough I won't..)
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I think that 18 weeks to get into reasonable shape to complete a Du/Tri... Depending on the distance you may need more or less time to recover between events. I compete only in Sprint Du's, so recovery time between events is only a few days... Competing every other weekend in my case is more than realistic (eventhough I won't..)

Is the training done in the "off season" as to prepare for the season? I know that this spring/summer there are about 6 sprint duos that I want to do. In a perfect world, would I have trained 18 weeks leading up to the first race, then stopped training while competing, then begin training again in the "off season?" I hope this question makes sense. Thanks for the info.
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In a perfect world, yes, the 18 weeks should've been spent in the offseason. Why don't you try a sprint Du to gauge yourself. Just remember, this is an endurace sport (albeit, speed will be fairly high throughout) so don't kill yourself during the first run, or during the bike. I've seen way too many people going out like a champ just to completely die during the bike or on the last run... There's no medal for being fastest during 2/3's of the distance. Pace yourself!

You can get into reasonable shape (if you're not already there) in about 6 weeks. Takes some very dedicated training, but it can be done. And don't start out too hard as you will burn out and end up with all kinds of injuries and ailments.
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In a perfect world, yes, the 18 weeks should've been spent in the offseason. Why don't you try a sprint Du to gauge yourself. Just remember, this is an endurace sport (albeit, speed will be fairly high throughout) so don't kill yourself during the first run, or during the bike. I've seen way too many people going out like a champ just to completely die during the bike or on the last run... There's no medal for being fastest during 2/3's of the distance. Pace yourself!

You can get into reasonable shape (if you're not already there) in about 6 weeks. Takes some very dedicated training, but it can be done. And don't start out too hard as you will burn out and end up with all kinds of injuries and ailments.
I already did a sprint duo last weekend to guage my fitness level. I went out with no intentions of winning, or even placing in the top 20. My only goal was to finish in under 2 hours (5k, 30k, 5k). I met my goal, and then some. I felt pretty good but knew that more training would have made things a lot easier. I am at a point now where I am considering starting an 18 week training program. Then, sometime in September, I will begin to compete again. Does this sound reasonable? Thank you for the reply and the advice. It is much apprectiated.
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I don't think it's a bad idea to continue to compete during the training period.... This will give you motivation to continue and a great way to gauge your progress.... It doesn't need to be one or the other...
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