What Have I Got Myself Into?

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?

3 thoughts on “What Have I Got Myself Into?

  1. A duathlon and tri are on my list, but not yet. I feel like any race sign up for I am never ready for. It’s like a promise to myself that I will improve from date of sign up to date of race! I look forward to seeing how this goes!!

    • My sister-in-law was pushing me to do a tri, but my swimming isn’t great anymore and I have a fear of drowning. I think the duathlon should be okay especially at the Sprint distance. But like I wrote, I still need to get the bike out and get on it soon. And I do mean soon since I really have about a month to get ready. Wish me luck!

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