Thinking Ahead…

I know we are still in 2013…but there’s no harm in thinking ahead! I never planned to be in London this year so never really thought about what events I would have liked to do! Now I’m back, I’m excited to hear about everything that is going on and what I can get involved in!

So, on the 15th September, what reads to have been an awesome event took place – The London Duathlon. And I missed it! …Well, I don’t have a bike so there wasn’t really a chance…

the event

I hate swimming (so a triathlon is not for me)…I can tolerate (occasionally love) running…and I miss my bike which I had to leave behind in Finland πŸ™ so a run-bike-run challenge is just up my street! I will also be a matter of weeks away from turning the big 3-0 by then…what better way to see out my twenties?! 

“Over 3,000 runners and cyclists gathered today in the stunning surroundings ofRichmond Park to put their cycling and running abilities to the test at the 2013 London Duathlon – the world’s largest event of its kind.  

From 8:30am, athletes of all levels and abilities took to the roads of Richmond Park to tackle one of the five sold out run-bike-run challenges, either the Ultra distance (20K run, 77K cycle, 10K run), Classic (10K run, 44K cycle, 5K run)Classic Relay (10K run, 44K cycle, 5K run) Sprint (10K run, 22K cycle, 5K run) or the  Super Sprint (5K run, 11K cycle, 5K run) ideal for beginners.”

get on yer bike!

Decisions, decisions; Sprint or Super Sprint?! What do you think?! 

I’ve heard that the event organisers have opened registration already for next year! So you can start building the excitement up from like, NOW

I even popped into Cycle Surgery today to check out bikes! I took a look at the hybrids…adored the racing bikes, checked out the locks (very important in London) and ogled the cycling garments! 

LOVE this πŸ™‚ think its a Tokyo Bike

Are you a duathlete yet?! …or thinking of entering?! Share your thoughts / experiences with me in the comments below! 

p.s if you blogged about your experience at the London Duathlon (or any other duathlon), please share your links in the comment! Will be great for us to read as well as to refer to next year when we need tips and advice! 

Elle πŸ™‚ x

To enter London Duathlon 2014, please visit www.londonduathlon.com  for further information

Join other #duathletes and follow London Duathlon on Facebook and Twitter www.facebook.com/londonduathlon or @londonduathlon

Look at this! …not for a duathlon but beautiful πŸ˜‰



  1. jillconyers
    September 20, 2013 / 11:52

    Go for it! Looks like an alternative to running that I would be interested in doing. I've been thinking about 2014 too πŸ™‚

    • Elle Linton
      September 20, 2013 / 18:33

      Glad I'm not alone there! I do love to plan πŸ™‚ I think it's definitely the next sensible…and realistic step from running! …why not eh?! πŸ˜‰

  2. Teamarcia
    September 20, 2013 / 13:32

    How fun! Excited for you! I've been wanting to do a du for YEARS now. I need to pull the trigger already.

    • Elle Linton
      September 20, 2013 / 18:33

      PULL THE TRIGGER!! hahaha! …life is too short! πŸ˜‰

  3. Chris Mavromatis
    September 27, 2013 / 00:16

    I have been thinking about 2014 for some months now.. as I will be finishing my first 24 Hour run on Jan 1st, 2014 : )I have also thought about doing an international marathon in 2014.. for some reason I think 2014 is going to be a great year!I think you should definitely do the du! I don’t hate swimming but I am pretty poor at it. I tried to learn last summer with a friend that is a great swimmer and it is so damn hard to learn as an adult. They say it is one of the hardest sports to learn as an adult (she was a swimmer since she was very young). I don’t really plan on swimming much going forward. She did two Triathlons last summer and loved them. The training takes a lot of time that’s for sure.To be honest, I am not a really big fan of biking either but just because I never found it comfortable. It is fantastic exercise though and I think it is really cool to go from one sport to another in a race.My other sport is the gym and I love hammering away for 2 hours plus in there.You should definitely do the Sprint!! Aim high : )We look forward to reading your race report!!Chris Mavromatishttp://www.mavrocatstrength.com

    • Elle Linton
      September 27, 2013 / 10:53

      Hey Chris πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for stopping by! and for the encouragement! I think you're right…I will defo do the sprint! I have plenty of time to train and I don't want to be disappointed having not challenged myself! …I'm not surprised you have been planning 2014 already! You are seeing it in with the most amazing challenge EVER! Many of my running friends now travel abroad for races…kills two birds with one stone! One girl even went to Iceland recently for a race…amazing! …Wishing all the best on your recovery (I popped over to your blog and did a bit of catching up!) …and I will be following your 24 hour race updates too!!

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