This 12 week training plan, written by former Duathlon Natonial Champion and Duathlon.com founder Eric Schwartz, is for beginning duathletes competing in a short distance duathlon up to a distance of a 3.1 mile run, 18 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run. Only minimal fitness is needed before starting this plan. The first week includes five days of training with runs ranging from 10-30 minutes and bike rides of 30-60 minutes. With a maximum week of 6.5 hours of training, you will be ready to complete in your first duathlon in just 12 weeks.
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10-15 minute easy run. If you have not been doing any running be careful to increase your mileage slowly to avoid injury.
30-45 minutes. Ride in heart rate (HR) zones 1-2 on a flat to rolling course. See my supporting documents for more explanation on how to use a heart rate monitor OR perceived effort to guide your intensity throughout this plan.
10-15 minute easy run.
Easy zone 1-2 ride on flat to rolling terrain.
Easy run in heart rate zones 1-2
15-20 minute easy zone 1-2 run.
Easy zone 1-2 ride. For the middle 15 minutes of the ride focus on maintaining a cadence of 85 or higher. That's 85 pedal revolutions per minute. Most good cyclists will time trial on flat terrain at a cadence of 85-95 but less experienced cyclists often have a slower cadence.