A duathlon is run-bike-run & sounds easier than triathlon -- which is swim-bike-run. It's simpler, yes but it is in no way easier. Most likely due to the slightly different distances. That being said, I like the duathlon distances better. Maybe I should start doing the long distance triathlons after this.
Anywho... Compared to the Desaru triathlon, I was able to put a 5 minute gap between my brother & myself. Best part of it; I started creating that gap in the first run & he never closed it. In Desaru, Akid had a 1 minute advantage out of the water but I was able to close it & we arrived at T2 (bike-to-run transition) at the same time. During the run, we ended up staying together until the last 700-500m where I pulled away & crossed the line a minute or so ahead. Desaru was a bigger fight but I guess that makes it sweeter?
Overall a very well organized race. The run course was very scenic & shady. The final leg of the run course had a gentle but looong uphill. Reminded me of my training track around my housing area. The 2km loop I normally run is a VERY good training ground because there's a long & relatively steep uphill so that pushes you & makes you work harder to hold the 6min/km pace. I'm hitting something around 6.7min/km or so. During Powerman, I was able to hit sub-6min/km for the first run. Woohoo!
I was actually nervous on the morning of the event because on Saturday I ran 6km after almost 2 weeks of no serious training & on race morning, my legs were hurt. After breakfast, before suiting up, I bathed my legs in warm water. That helped & overall, happy with my performance during the race. Some stats from my race:
For the 1st run
- Average pace: 5.83min/km
- Top speed: 10.1km/h
For the bike leg
- Average speed: 27.9km/h
- Top speed: 62.1km/h
For the 2nd run
- Average pace: 7.5min/km
- Top speed: 20.3km/h
Next event; Sepang Jamboree!! :D