DEcent bike leg time in a duathlon

I am a total newcomer to a road duathlon (don't do triathlons, can't swim very well), I so far did off road ones on a mtb, recently purchased a road bicycle after attempting a road duathlon on a mtb and failing miserably, and am getting used to it now. So far managing 14.5 miles per hour (with some wind resistance) and not sure whether that is average or below average for a female under 40 years of age. I have never been a fast runner and I don't think am a fast biker either hence the question.


  • hard to say...depends on the terrain.the roads types and surfaces.and how manymiles you are going...........I rarely go faster than 14.5 mph when i'm cycling on my ownm.often slower....but then you have tofinish the bike and then run which is a strange thing..

    i wouldn't worry about speed and just enjoy it........

  • Depends on the distance really.   I'm pretty sure you could get down to say 30 minutes for 10 miles - so 20mph - in a standalone time trial.   You might laugh at that but you can't really judge just from training.   

  • 14.5 mph is fine for a newcomer and some on here would be happy with that.

    Just keep plugging away at if for a bit before worring too much. Get used to the bike and more speed will come as you get better at cornering and steering. Sounds silly but carrying speed through corners and riding smoothly is worth the effort. It saves reaccelerating the bike which takes energy that could be better put to use adding to top speed rather than reacceleration.


    Good Luck


  • i guess you don't have a power meter on the bikeimage

    why not use one in the local gym and then go flat out for 20 minutes. divide your average wattage by your weight in kg and that will give you a meaningful figure to compare with other people. Look for CP20 and watts per kg.

  • I've never seen a wattbike in my gym    image

  • Thats because you spend all your time in the sauna.........

  • Actually smartarse ... thats one place you will never find me, cant stand them  image

  • There's an obsession with power on forums - knowing what power you can sustain is pretty pointless unless you have a power meter for training.    Watts per kilo isn't that relevant unless you are talking about riding up a mountain anyway.   

  • If you have a power meter in training its (apparently) good to use in racing as its effective at controlling effort in he first 2 hrs...

    However they are expensive

    And for a newbie hr is more than good enough.
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