Next saturday the 26th are the world duathlon champs in Concord, NC, where Matias and I will compete!
As prep, last week I did a draft-legal (like LJ regularly does in tri's) duathlon in France, which was quite an experience! It was about 2.9M run-12M bike-1.5M run. I ran the first 2.9M in 14.21 and was in a group of 4. One guy was fast in the exchange and got away, while the other 3 of us got caught by a group of about 12 guys. The drafting is fun, exciting (a bit dangerous at times) and a lot better for runners than the time trial rides! The group stayed together til the end of the ride, but I changed terribly and started the run in 11th. Luckily the differences were small and I was able to move back to 3rd. Quite and experience and good preparation for the worlds, where it will be drafting for me as well, even though the distance is longer 10k-40k-5k.
Definitely a recommendation for any runner that enjoys a change!