It’s Race Day! Time to see if all your training and preparation has paid off.
Over the years as a runner, cyclist and duathlete, I have found that indoor rowing is one of the most efficient and effective cross training workouts that I do each week. If you want to improve muscle tone and strength, get better at a particular sport, or even lose a little weight, then indoor rowing is the way to go.
Fueling is an aspect of duathlon training that simply cannot be ignored. Taking the time to optimizing your fueling needs can improve your performance depending on your current fitness level. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to fueling, this can be your starting point as you begin experimenting to find the best fueling strategy for your first duathlon.
For runners like myself, indoor cycling is an excellent cross-training option because it allows you to control the intensity of the workout which can be beneficial for both regular training and recovery.
Your first duathlon can be intimidating and feel overwhelming. Don’t add to that thinking you need the latest and greatest equipment to participate. Keep it simple and focus on getting the basics: a pair of running shoes, a bike, a helmet, and a water bottle.
Water is a great accessory for weight loss. Drinking enough water and staying properly hydrated is part of a healthy weight-loss system and maintaining a healthy weight in general. For runners and multisport athletes, if you're not properly hydrated, your body can't perform at its best.
When I first started my fitness journey, I researched and tried different types of post-workout beverages: sports drinks, powders, etc. I soon discovered that many athletes drink low-fat chocolate milk post workout because it helps restore muscles quickly to their peak potential and helps replenish what your body has lost during strenuous exercise.
At the end of the day, you want go into your first duathlon confident and prepared. Proper training is important to help the body get used to the physical and mental demands of moving quickly from one discipline to the next. Brick training helps you to learn how pace yourself and know what your body is going to feel like on race day. It also helps shorten the time your legs take to start feeling more normal thus allowing you to run better and faster.
Cross-training is an easy way to add variety to an exercise or training program by engaging in different types of activities that develop muscular fitness and aerobic conditioning. Simply put, it adds a new form of exercise to your existing workout. By cross-training, it has allowed me to become a healthier, more complete athlete.
Even though triathlons are more widely known and attracts more casual athletes, duathlons can be good way to introduce the same casual athletes to Multisport events who otherwise may not consider participating because of being nervous about the swim.