Last Sunday I joined the Duaman X2. For those who are not aware, this is the culminating sports event of SwimBikeRun Philippines for this year. The other events held this year are the Aquaman, Duaman and Triman. Duaman X2 is double the distance covered by Duaman earlier this year.
The Duaman X2 was held at Nuvali, Sta. Rosa in Laguna. The event is comprised of 12K run, 40K bike and 6K run before hitting the finish line. According to SBR, they designed the routes to be as friendly as possible to first time and second time duaman participants. As such, the 12K run consisted of a 4 loops, 3K each loop segment, while the 6K run consisted of a 2-loops 3K each loop run. For the bike, it was a 2 loops, 20K each loop segment.
So, did the race design made it easier for us participants? Well, personally, I found the race pretty challenging, especially the bike segment. I didn’t really had a hard time finishing the 12K since I’ve been running almost everyday before last Sunday. But, it was the first time for me to ride the bike I used during the race. In addition, I used a mountain bike and not a road bike. You can just imagine how hard it was to race against road and TT bikes. Still, I managed to finished the 40K bike ride and was still able to finish the 6K run despite suffering from minor cramps all through out the 2 loops that I had to make.
Kudos to SBR Philippines for this racing event. It was very organized with ample hydration stations along the run course and on the way to T1. Unfortunately, it seems that there were no medical vehicles on standby (or perhaps I failed to notice them). This is very important considering that it was a bit dangerous biking on the road together with other bikers and some vehicles plying the Nuvali area.
Lessons learned after joining Duaman X2? I need a decent road bike and I need to ride it more often to perform well. Being a fast and strong runner is not enough to successfully finish a duathlon race. Hopefully, I will be a better duathlete come next year. See you again next year, fellow duathletes! (3180)