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The Best Way To Train For A Long-Distance Duathlon

A long-distance duathlon can be any distance longer than 10km/40km/5km. Events commonly involve a 10km run, a 60km bike and a 10km run – the format used in the Powerman series of duathlons. There are longer events too, such as the 10km/150km/30km format used at the Powerman World Championships in Zofingen. If you’re thinking of doing a long-distance duathlon, it’s a good idea to target a few shorter events first, such as sprint and standard distance duathlons.   

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The biggest challenge of long-distance duathlon training is trying to fit it all in, on top of everything else in your life.

To improve at both disciplines simultaneously, you need to train two or three times per week for each one. Experienced duathletes often train 8 to 12 times per week, whereas beginners can improve on 5 workouts per week.  The workouts would typically be 30 minutes to 5 hours in duration, depending on your fitness level and the kind of event you’re targeting. A good place to start is by getting a training plan. People who follow training plans have been shown to be twice as likely to succeed in reaching their goals.

Aim to cycle at least twice per week – ideally more. One of your weekly rides should be focused on endurance, where you gradually build up to riding 3 to 5 hours in training (depending on the event you’re targeting).

Another weekly ride should be more focused on speed, where you ride for 1 to 2 hours, including easy and harder efforts. For example, 5 x 10 minutes at 90% of your 1-hour race pace effort, with three-minute recoveries (plus warm up and warm down).  You should progress these rides over time, so your body keeps adapting to new stimulus.

You can either cycle outdoors in good weather, or indoors using a static bike or indoor trainer. Many indoor trainers let you wirelessly link to interactive cycling software like Zwift. This means you can ride with real people in a virtual environment – which makes it more fun. The workouts in our training plans can be exported to platforms such as Zwift, TrainerRoad and Garmin. However, it’s sensible to do at least some of your training outside on the bike you intend to use during your duathlon. This ensures you’re used to the feel and handling of your race-day bike.

Aim to run two or three times per week, or more if you’re experienced. Be sensible about your speed and distances, to avoid injury. Your two key sessions each week should be an endurance run and a speed run. Your endurance run could start off at 40 minutes, and progress gradually to 90 minutes over a period of several months (depending on your fitness and target event). These runs should be done at chatting pace.

Whereas your weekly speed session should involve a warm up, a warm down and some harder efforts sandwiched in between – such as 4 x 4 minutes hard with 2-minute recoveries. You should vary and progress these speed sessions each week, so that your body keeps adapting to new stimulus.

In the last six weeks of your training, include some runs straight after cycling. And a few cycles straight after a run. This will get you used to the “heavy legs” feeling you’ll experience on race day, when you switch from run to bike, and bike to run.

We include two 45-minute strength and conditioning sessions per week with our long-distance duathlon plans. Not everyone can fit them in around their busy lives, on top of their running and cycling, but it’s advantageous if you can. These workouts improve your strength and flexibility, which leads to more efficient movement patterns and fewer injuries.

Using A Long-Distance Duathlon Training Plan

Online training plans are for athletes who don’t feel the need for a personal coach, but who still want the structure and planning of an expertly-written training program. Research has shown that you are twice as likely to reach your goals if you train with a structured plan. 

For a beginner who has some recent background in fitness or sport, it will take 20 to 24 weeks to get fit and ready for a long-distance duathlon. The sooner you start, the more time you will have to build up your fitness gradually. Fitness adaptations will take weeks and months to occur, rather than days.

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As an athlete and parent, I know how challenging it can be to train effectively for endurance events. Being a certified coach with over 20 years’ experience, the biggest challenge is balancing my client’s training with their lifestyle...

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We use Training Peaks to deliver your plan – the world’s most popular endurance coaching platform. Free to use, Training Peaks is an online calendar that lets you record, track and analyze your training sessions. 

It has a host of great features allowing you to get as in-depth as you like, including the ability to export your workouts to your training devices (Garmin, TrainerRoad etc) and follow them in real time. 

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We want to provide an affordable and effective training solution, including email coach support for any questions you may have. As you can understand, some limits apply, like personalisation or analysis of your training, but for anything else relevant to your plan, we would love to help. We also give you full access to our online help centre, with videos and articles to help you train effectively.

Certainly! Our training plans allow you to easily swap a few days around each week to suit your availability. We give a few recommendations on how to best do this in our help centre.

Yes! Our training plans guide you up to your target “A” race, but it’s also good to include some “B or C” races along the way. Our help centre goes through the exact steps you should take to enable you to get full benefit, without detracting from your key focus.

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You should count back the weeks from your “A” target race-date – noting that you can still work in other, smaller races during your plan too. Generally, the longer the better – as this will give you more chance to gradually build up your training and fitness. The body responds best to constant progression with regular recovery periods, and that’s exactly what our training plans are designed to give you.

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You should count back the weeks from your “A” target race-date – noting that you can still work in other, smaller races during your plan too. Generally, the longer the better – as this will give you more chance to gradually build up your training and fitness. The body responds best to constant progression with regular recovery periods, and that’s exactly what our training plans are designed to give you.

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You should count back the weeks from your “A” target race-date – noting that you can still work in other, smaller races during your plan too. Generally, the longer the better – as this will give you more chance to gradually build up your training and fitness. The body responds best to constant progression with regular recovery periods, and that’s exactly what our training plans are designed to give you.

Further questions about choosing the right plan or using it? Our coaching team would be happy to help: info@myprocoach.net