hi, I am considering entering a triathlon or a dualthlon this year.
However I am unsure which to enter and what specific meet also.
I am a full time enduranceish runner and being 13 i have run sub 40min 10k 18min 5k a 4:30 1500m and a 2:14 800m ( 3rd at nationals)
I got a road bike for christmas and I have only managed to use it once due to weather however I went out with my dad and it really wasnt hard to cover a hilly 15miles in 1hour
finally, my swimming isnt so great. I havent ever had a timed swim or anything but I confident just not fast haha
So i was wondering what your opinions are on the dualthlon and triathlon?
Why not find a local cycling club with a decent youth section and see what they offer - your cycling would really come on a lot and there is plenty of youth racing these days - a 30 minute bunch start road race has to be more exciting than the 100m swim, 3k bike, 1.5k run - that sounds more suitable for 8 year olds than 13.
If you're within reach of Dorney Lake (near Windsor), then Human Race do a youth event. details here
400m Swim, 10km Bike, 2.5km Run is the distances for 13 year old on that link...still not as much as you would like........ a cycling club would be a great start
check out the british triathlon website
RMcl - as others have said, you will be restricted by your age as to what tri/du race distances you can do. you won't be able to step up to sprint or standard distances until you're a few years older. it's all about ensuring you develop the right skills at the right time and to help during your rapid growth phase as a teenager
your best bet would be to join a local tri club that has a junior section as that will help develop your skills and also many clubs run their own races for youngsters. you're clearly a talented runner but you need someone with experience of coaching youngsters with the other disciplines and to help you achieve whatever ambitions you have.
most of the top elites - the Brownlees for instance - and the emerging group of juniors/youths have come up through the ranks and by getting decent coaching at a young age. you should follow their example
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