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How to Use Duathloncentral.com – Part 1

In preparation for the release of the first of many features that will be brought to you in this space, please enjoy the first installment a series of how-to features for what we hope will end up being a dynamic and invaluable resource for duathletes. As the season progresses, we will be rolling out more features for you to enjoy, and periodically they will be accompanied by resources outlining how to get the best use out of them. In this installment, we will outline how to best navigate the site, guidelines for submitting an article or feature, and how to get the most out of our Schedule & Results. We hope this guide will be helpful and allow you to use this resource to suit all of your duathlon related needs!

NAVIGATION:
Duathlon Central offers several ways for you to navigate the various features. The navigation menu splashed across the top of the site will allow you to access our various pages. These pages contain anything that will be relatively static and is only likely to be tweaked periodically throughout the season. A good example of this is the Schedule & Results page. Over the course of the season, this page will be updated with links to results and new races that are made available, but the general structure will remain the same.

Clicking the Articles tab will take you to the blogroll portion of the site, which will house all articles and features that are posted to duathloncentral.com. Since the Articles tab will allow you to scroll through ALL submissions, the menu on the left-hand side allows you to zero in on certain articles or features. Each submission will be categorized according to content and whether or not it is part of a feature series, and each populated category will have its own link in this left menu. To browse a series of posts, simply click that category’s link and browse away! All posts will also be announced on Twitter and Facebook and all recent posts are displayed to the right of every page (beneath the Twitter feed)…so keep your eyes peeled for updates there. If all else fails, you may also make sure of our Serach bar at the top left of every page…perhaps if you REALLY need to find that one article that you were mentioned in to show all your friends! Click the picture below for a visual.

Navigation
Navigation (click for larger image)

SUBMITTING AN ARTICLE:
Of course, a large part of the reason for the creation of this site is the give ALL duathletes a place to make a contribution to the sport, not just the select few with site administrative powers. It is a designed to be a place for duathletes to share the knowledge and passion that we have for the sport with the rest of the community. The vision for this site was to create a place where knowledge and advice about the sport from all corners of the community can accumulate, so that duathletes young and old can use it to pursue their own goals. Submissions will be the lifeblood of this site, so please feel free to submit your articles, interviews, race reports, quotes, workouts, equipment and retail shop reviews, or anything else you think the rest of the community can benefit from.

To submit an article, simply select Submit Article in the navigation menu at the top of every page. From there, you may either use the form to submit text, or you can email an attachment directly to us at duathloncentral@gmail.com. The subject matter is up to you, though we do ask that you adhere to the following general guidelines:

  • All content should be duathlon-specific, related to duathlon, or pertaining to duathletes
  • Please keep content to approximately 500 words (maximum 1000 words)
  • Week In The Life posts should be loosely based around the average week in your training plan. You may be as general or specific as you like, and we welcome any deviations from your training towards your life commitments and how you balance this with your training.
  • All content will be moderated upon submission to ensure it is consistent with the goals of this site
Submit Your Article
Submit your article by clicking the link indicated in red (click for larger image)

SCHEDULE & RESULTS:
Your first and possibly most valuable resource here at duathloncentral.com may well be our Schedule & Results page. This page takes all of the events in Canada and puts them into one convenient place. Though it is by no means comprehensive, it does represent the majority of the events available to duathletes in Canada. Each race has the distance and location listed, and will have a link to the race website where you can learn more about the event before you register. Each line will also be updated to include a link to the results as soon as they become available. So not only will you be able to use this calendar for all your race planning needs, you will also be able to follow the results of races around Canada. We have also highlighted some events from the surrounding regions, including the high profile USAT Duathlon Series in the US.

Our May Schedule (click for larger image)
Our May Schedule (click for larger image)

As noted above, this list is by no means comprehensive. If you would like to point us in the direction of a race we may have missed, head over to the Submission form, email us (duathloncentral@gmail.com), or tweet it to us (@du_enthusiasts).

RACE PREVIEWS/REVIEWS:
We will be making all attempts to post dedicated race previews and reviews for the major races in Canada, as well as shorter weekend recaps and “precaps” for smaller race weekends. If you would like to submit a report about a race that will not have a dedicated post, by all means do! We can’t claim to know every race course in Canada, nor will we be at every race around the province (as much as we would like to), and we would love to hear about how things shook out! These reviews should be written primarily from the perspective of the race in general, rather than that of one individual competitor. However, feel free to spice it up with your own thoughts (pending moderator approval), and include a link to your own individual race report/blog to be included at the bottom of the article. We would also be happy to include your blog post at the bottom of each recap, because you just never know when someone else can learn from your experience!

We hope that we are able to put together a great resource for Canadian duathletes with this site. As always, shoot us your suggestions if you have any! We can be reached on Facebook through the Canadian Duathlon Enthusiasts group, or through email/Twitter at the locations mentioned above. Thanks for making us a stop on your tour around the Internet, and good luck to all in the upcoming season!

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