My brother-in-law has done it again. After suggesting, encouraging, and goading me into signing up for a duathlon this summer, I received this email:
That’s right, he signed me up for the event. I guess he knew I would keep putting him off or avoiding his suggestions/encouragement. For those of you who are unaware, the Sprint Duathlon is a 2k run, followed by a 20k bike ride, finished off with a 5k run. Sure, why wouldn’t I try this? Ummm … because I’m basically lazy! Alright, that’s not really a good description of me, although not far off the truth. It really is a compliment from my brother-in-law since he does have faith I can actually complete a Sprint Duathlon. Besides, he was right about my ability to run my first 5k and my one and only half marathon.
I think I really did myself in when I told him how much I had been running lately. What he missed, however, was the little point about me having not been on my bike yet this year. Oh sure I’ve had grand plans, but so far the bike is still in the basement on the trainer stand I DIDN’T use all winter. I really be testing the old adage about not forgetting how to ride a bike. I’ve got a few weeks to remember, but I think there’s more to this than just getting back on the saddle.
Do you have any tips for training for a duathlon? Have you ever entered an event you might not be ready for?