Training for the duathlon has upped my mileage dramatically from the last two months. I’ve done quite a bit more golfing too. Overall March was a good way to end my 4 Hour Body experimenting (will be finished after Saturday) and get ready for my first duathlon.
32.6 miles running
110.1 miles cycling
62.2 miles walking (nearly all was on the golf course)
14.7 miles hiking
That’s a total of 219.6 miles for the month, which is more than January and February combined!
My friend Dave has been training for a duathlon and I’ve always wanted to do one, so I signed up to join him. It’s called the Out for Blood Duathlon and is on April 16th, just over a month away. The duathlon consists of a 5K run followed by a 20K bike ride. I can complete both of those on their own so I just need to increase my fitness to be able to them together.
I found a decent 4 week program online, which I’ve adapted to create my training program:
Run 20 easy
Cycle 35 easy
Run 25 easy
Cycle 40 easy
Run 30 easy
Cycle 45 easy
Cycle 30 easy
Run 20 easy
* All numbers are minutes.
My goal is to finish under 1:20:00 1:15:00 which is doable if I run 7 mph and ride 14 16 mph. (I found some 2004 riding data showing I consistently rode over 16 mph on my mountain bike, so adjusted my goal. If I hit those paces, I’ll have 2 minutes to spare on the goal time, which will be needed at the starting line and for the transition.) I better start training!
I just finished watching Lance Armstrong win his 7th Tour de France in a row. In my opinion, the TdF is the most difficult sporting competition in the world and Armstrong is the greatest athlete of our time. Winning this race seven times in a row was unthinkable. Lance did it after surviving cancer, which makes it even more remarkable. It is quite possibly the greatest sporting record of all-time.
Lance is 2 seconds off the lead in the 2005 Tour de France after 3 stages. More importantly though, he has over a 50 second advantage on all of the men who are expected to be his competition. The team time trial, which Lance’s teams have won the past two years, is in progress right now.