Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Fritton XC Sprint Duathlon a brief report

Due to the work commitments of the other half the local Thetford MTB series was off for me after doing every year for the 4years I have been racing.
I looked at alternatives to get my teeth into and Duathlons came on my radar, so I set about a short training schedule of just over 4 weeks and mostly involving 5km runs and a few shorter bike rides.
I entered the http://www.activeoutdoorsport.co.uk/?p=4138 local sprint Duathlon series, and about 2 weeks before the event my knee started playing up no doubt due to the road running. however rested up and considering not competing the but in true rule #5 style I rocked up on Sunday to give it a go.
Off the mark my running was considerably slower than most but then probably expected given my experience. but after a pretty poor transition period I got on the bike, unfortunately the only bike I had handy was a steel rigid singlespeed inbred so despite the knee had to spin it out.
This was by far my best leg and finished with the 3rd best bike time overall, so only one run leg to go which again wasn't setting any records.
Ended up 8th overall and first in my age cat, but its important to note that there was some vets and Juniors ahead of me.
I was happy with my performance and will rest the knee up and attempt to get back out there and train before the next in January.
I'm no Mark Goodman but with a bit a focus I can improve on this im sure.
Any riders out there sticking their nose up at this Duathlon lark should get out the and give it a go as forget the distance its lung busting all the way.

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