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The FishHawk Triathlon Club held its second event on March 9, 2014 in Riverview, FL! The FishHawk Club is dedicated to promoting the sport of triathlon, duathlon, aquathlon and Xterra racing. The event was a fast Sprint Duathlon (USAT sanctioned) format, sponsored by Just Ride Bicycles. This type of course consists of 1.5 Mile Run, 14 Mile Bike, 3.1 Mile Run. Celsius ambassador, Dennis Navarette, uses Celsius to power through his training sessions and dominate in competitions. Dennis participated in this event and provides a behind the scenes look at what it is like on a duathlon race day.
 

Fast Sprint Duathlon Tips

“For this event, I tagged along with 2 members of the RunVie Racing (www.RunVie.com) club who gave me some pointers for duathlon racing in hopes of shaving several minutes off of my time during my transitions! 

The event started at 7:45am. My beginning pace was about 8 minutes per mile and slowly built it to average 7:05 minutes for the first mile. By the end of the run, I was slightly ahead of my fellow runners. Then, it was time for the first transition. For this event, I was prepared and had my gear laid out. Although this transition was much better than my what-seemed-like-forever transitions from previous events, my fellow racers got their bikes off the racks faster than me…my short lead was also short lived.

While the others may have stolen the lead, I was able to clip my shoes on to my pedals a bit quicker and was off in front of them!

About a mile or so in the bike leg of the race. My race buddies passed me. I tried to keep up but they built a good lead and soon were out of my range.

Of course my friends weren't the only ones who passed me at the first run and bike portions of the race. Several runners and cyclists of all ages, both males and females, passed me! At the end of my bike leg, there were already at least a handful of duathletes finishing lap #1 of the 2 at the end of the race.

At the last leg of the race, a 3.14 mile run, I was way behind my race buddies. I had a lot of ground to catch up! My second transition was not as fast as the first. Someone had taken my spot on the rack! So, I racked the bike just a couple of feet from the original spot. Now I had to manage my way between bike wheels to get to my running shoes!

As I rounded the first corner of my run, my calves started to pulsate and there was a bit of tingling behind my knees! I stopped to stretch them out, taking about 10 second for each leg. I did not want to stretch any longer in fear of seizing completely. Instead, I stretched them out as I ran. I was at about a 10 min/mile pace at this point and my calf muscles were still pulsating! The tingly feeling was still there so I tried to distract myself from thinking about them…just get to the water station!

I took a sip of some water and repeated the same pattern: start slow and incrementally increase my running pace. But this time, a bit faster. My legs finally loosened up and I was able to go at a steady pace. I was happy to have the endurance from Celsius to finish "strong".

I finished the race in 1:21:44, which was a great improvement from my first Duathlon. I can't wait to train for the next one hoping to put what I have learned from these events to use!- Dennis N.

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