TORQ’s Dave Mcwhinney is a very accomplished Ironman racer. This gives him tremendous endurance, but can this be translated in to raw speed in a sprint duathlon?
Here’s waht Dave had to say: “After the trials of the Ironman World Championship and as a way of winding down, I fancied trying something different, so decided to try a duathlon for the first time – the Cheshire Duathlon. The race consisted of a 4 lap 5 km run, a 3 lap 18 km bike and a repeat 4 lap 5km run to finish.
As it was my first duathlon, I was unsure about pacing, so took it easy for the first run (far too easy really!) and quite a few people overtook me. Through T1 and onto the bike and the legs were feeling great, so I decided to push really hard on the bike and started passing people straight away on the undulating course and kept a consistent pace throughout the ride.
Then it was into T2 (after achieving the fastest bike leg of the day), I was in 4th position going into the second run and started to push it hard, but by the 4th lap my legs started to feel very heavy, so I was glad to cross the finish line to finish 7th overall and 1st in my age group.
It was a change to do a duathlon, but it was a shock to the system having to do a second run, so I came away with an increased amount of respect for all those out there who do duathlons regularly, which includes my fellow TORQ team members!”
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