Hi everyone, I'm new here and I need some serious help! I got talked into doing a Sprint Tri Sept 23rd. I had been planning on really training for a tri next summer but someone said to me " You have the summer off work, why wait!?" and being the crazy person I am, I agreed with them. Now, Im a decent swimmer and my primary sport is running (well, really it's kickboxing but that dosent count for a tri does it?) I currently swim 3 times a week and I run about 20mpw so I have a decent base. Im starting a 12 week training program monday. It's designed for someone with limited fitness (which is not me) to just complete the thing. Now my goal for this race is to complete, but I know how I am. I have a feeling I will be addicted as Im a competition nut.
So here is the major issue I have, until this week when I went and rode my friends MTB and did some basic bike shopping I hadn't ridden in oh....I dont know..TWNETY YEARS?!?!?! Unless you count my weekly spin class, yeah. And the only bike I've ever owned was a Hot Pink Diamond Back Dirt Bike when I was ten. Lucky for me what they say is true, you don't forget how to ride. Once I was on the bike(s) I was cruising around the street like I was ten again. IN fact, the sales guy was like "hey wait, come back!" The only problem was I kept trying to pedal backwards looking or those coaster brakes.
So here is the thing, I can spend probably 500-1000 all in for a bike and accesories. I do have a bike lock, but thats it. I'd need EVERYTHING. Now Ive spent the better part of this week going to every bike shop in my town and decided if I'm to keep this up as a hobby, its probably more about where I get the thing and developing a relationship with a LBS than it is with which bike I get. From my limited knowledge it seems entry level bikes dont have that much to seperate them. So the store that I felt the most comfortable with reccomended to me a Marin Larkspur which felt good when I rode it. I know this is a hybrid/commuter and not a true road bike. These guys were very very nice, took a lot of time explaning stuff to me. I even dragged my friends MTB in there and asked them what it would cost to fix it up and make it road worthy. (Way too much) Ive been in there three times now and I really want to buy from them as I try to support my local business as much as I can. It seems to be more of a high end shop and they don't have much under 500. If I am to do this I need to start training Monday, technically my plan dosent call for riding until Wedensday but I was hoping to spend some time this weekend getting used to riding. I told the guys at the shop Id be back tomorrow, besides my friends MTB is still in there getting laughed at, even with my limited knowledge I can tell its pretty crappy.
Sorry this has all been so long so far, so here are my questions.
Will the Larkspur get me thru the 12 mile, mostly flat race in once piece and not destroy my legs for the run? It's right on the ocean so it will be windy but it should be flat.
This shop carries Specialized, Marin, and a bunch of Italian brands that start out of my price range. Are they any other models I should look at?
Should I consider a true road bike that has me in a more race worth position and if so can I get one in my price range?
Is 12 weeks enough time to try to get into clipless pedals or should I wait on that? (I want to get the shoes for spin class too)
I relize I sound completely crazy here and I fully admit to that.