On Saturday, Bobby participated in his first duathlon. This one consisted of a two mile run, followed by an 11.2 mile bike ride, then another 2 mile run. Luckily, the race was five minutes up the road at the community center. I shot a video while I was there, you can check it out on yesterday’s post.
We also lucked up with the weather, it was gorgeous and cool for late May, so it was a perfect race to spectate.
The race started at 8:00, so we got there at 7:30 so Bobby could register and get his transition area set up. The 2 miles were an out and back followed by a 11.2 mile bike lop then the out and back two miles again.
Bobby hadn’t ridden more than 6 miles on his bike since April, so we were both interested to see how he would do. The gun went off, and everyone took off down the road. Within ten minutes the first man was back. Wow! He hopped on his bike and was gone. I waited on Bobby then timed his transition for him as he got on the bike and left. About 40 minutes later, he appeared again and began his last stretch of the race.
I had fun watching everyone come into the finish, and I did a lot of cheering for strangers. I soon spotted Bobby and got some pictures of him coming across the finish line. He did it!
QOTD: Have you ever done a duathlon? Would you consider doing one?
Jan @ Sprouts n Squats says
I think I’d rather a duathlon than a tri as I don’t feel as strong on the swimming.
Well done to Bobby on doing his first one!
Karen :0) says
YAY Bobby! Way to go!!!
Kristina @ Blog About Running says
That’s awesome, congrats Bobby! I really want my boyfriend to train for a du with me because he loves bike riding and is naturally good at running. Unfortunately, he hates running and “retired” from running after doing two 5Ks with me earlier this year, haha. It’s so unfortunately because he can run a 7 min mile pretty much without even trying. UGH. 🙂
so not fair!
Congrats Bobby! Oh gosh it interests me and I think it is cool but i am not a cyclist…there in lies the problem hehe
Congrats to Bobby!
Britt @ BrittsRunningStyle says
I would do a duathlon! The closest one is over an hour away 🙁 I want to do it someday though.
Congrats to Bobby! Why do you think the swim in triathlons is the least preferred or people feel the least comfortable doing it?
I know fear of open water swims is a big one, getting out in the middle of a lake or ocean can cause panic!
Christine @We Run Disney says
Congrats to Bobby! Sounds like he had a great race!
Having been a swimmer for many years, I’ve always thought I would do well in a tri…maybe someday.
you should if you swim well!
Laura @ Mommy Run Fast says
How fun!! I would LOVE to do a duathlon… there are very few here, but lots of triathlons. Trying to decide if I’m up for tackling the swim portion again… 🙂
see…I’m not a huge swimming fan!
Cindy @runarelyrun says
OMG, this is awesome! Congrats to Bobby! I didn’t even know Duathlons existed until your post. And this is just what I wanted and didn’t even know it. I have considered the possibility of a tri, but I am NOT a good swimmer but this would be perfect. Question, did Bobby take bike riding/road racing lessons or did he do any type of special training for the biking portion? Thanks…
Yes! They are few and far between, hope you can find some!
Just winged it