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Duathlon appeal to couch potatoes

by Edited by Jimmy Rhatigan

ARE YOU sitting comfortably? 

Wouldn’t you rather plan something exciting to start 2022 with a bang? 

Read on!

Kilkenny Triathlon Club wants you to ditch the sofa and jump into the New Year by taking on the Couch to Duathlon challenge!

While everyone has those resolutions of wanting to get fitter after January 1, the county’s only triathlon club wants to make those aspirations become a reality. 

No previous experience is necessary; all you need is a bike and a pair of runners.

“The Couch to Duathlon is a way for people to combine improving their fitness and trying a new sport,” said club officer Howard Triggs. 

“By joining the club people can sign up for an eight-week programme and build towards completing our duathlon event, a 5km run, 20km cycle and 3km run, in April.”

Starting in the first week of February, the programme will focus on two disciplines of triathlon, cycling and running. 

Kilkenny’s Ray Lonergan was doing a quick change into cycling gear during the Kilkenny Triathlon Club Duathlon Series Race last Saturday afternoon in the Castle Park. Photo: Pat Moore.


Featuring structured training running plans with coach James Ledingham, club cycles and elements of brick and transition training, it was designed to bring people through eight weeks of training and become familiar with the sport while preparing for the Kilkenny Duathlon.

The first big event in the local club’s season, the 2022 KTC Duathlon will be on Sunday, April 3. 

Participants will take on a 5km run through Kilkenny Castle Park grounds, then head out on a 20km cycle which brings the field out the Waterford Road and back to Kilkenny via Bennettsbridge, finishing with a second, shorter 3km run in the Castle Park.

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