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.
Stair running is superb training especially for running albeit it is tougher than most people realize. Running stairs can help you lose weight and tone the muscles of your legs, while improving your cardiovascular fitness. Best of all, it is an exercise that doesn't require any special equipment or an expensive gym membership.
The sport of duathlon hasn't garnered the same level of attention and exposure as triathlons. However, duathlons can be good way to introduce the casual athlete to Multisport events who otherwise may not consider participating because of being nervous about the swim.
I recently had the distinct honor of competing with more than 1,000 top amateur athletes in the country for a national title at the USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships held in Greenville, South Carolina.