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I'm doing my first sprint triathlon in July and I have never done a lot of cycling or swimming. I have a decent road bike and I've just started cycling to work, which is just over 10k each way (it took me about 40 minutes each way yesterday, including stops at lights). I'm planning on doing this twice a week, weather dependent. With the cycle part of the race being 20k, how important is it that I do a longer ride at the weekend too? If I really *should* be doing it, then I can, but it just takes up a lot of my weekend... I think my boyfriend was hoping that now I'm done with the marathon, I'd have a bit more time free at the weekends.
During my rides to/from work, should I include some speed intervals and stuff? If so... what? I'm commuting in London, but there are a few long-ish stretches where I could pick up the pace.
I'm sure this is an issue that a lot of triathletes have... I have no idea how anyone finds the time to train for an Ironman!