Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Triathlon Swim / Bike / Run your thing? Drop in our new triathlon forum for the latest in training & gear. From beginner to expert, and sprint to ironman.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-25-11, 03:50 PM   #1
Macdahustla
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Edinburgh
Bikes: Many
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Newbie, totally unfit, green as hell and particularly clueless!!

Evening peeps,

I have a list of things I wanna do on this earthly plane before I leave and completing a triathlon has always been in the top 10, along with twin redhead cheerleaders, Gillian Anderson etc.... but at least this one is achievable!

So have taken the plunge, entered the super sprint in Tatton Park in September 2011 and am going to the gym doing RPM/Spin classes and hoping to start doing some roadwork in the next week once I procure a set of wheels.

Status Quo:

36 years old, 18 stone, 175cm high, ex PE teacher who now owns a Hot Tub and exercise pool business, (you may have seen one of my pools in TRI UK if you ever venture in there, I don't exercise much, hate the gym but like having goals to work to and prefer getting fit as a by-product of doing something I enjoy rather than being on parade in some David Lloyds.

Am looking to be steered in correct direction as to training, purchasing of said bike, kit etc.....

Bike:
Not bought a TT/triathlon bike yet but have been looking in china and over here, is a road bike best way to go to begin with then splash the cash later, or spend as much as I can afford right now (probably up to £2500 on everything)

KIT:
I also face some quandaries in terms of buying a suit in that if I buy one that fits me at moment then presumably with training between now and september body shape will change to something resembling human/fit! Can I get away with training without a suit till race time?

Heart race monitors, are Polar still the best, are these nike watches any good?

DIET:
at the moment I don't eat a lot but what i do eat is normally on the go as I have a long commute everyday (too long for bike, I have thought of it)

If you imagine I know sweet FA, then deduct a few IQ points, you will have a reasonable idea where I am with this at the moment.

All help gratefully accepted

Mac
Macdahustla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-11, 03:58 PM   #2
Velo Gator
Ironwoman
 
Velo Gator's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Jacksonville
Bikes: Cervélo S2
Posts: 13,959
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
For a sprint tri...

any bike will do. I'd suggest a road bike if you're not sure whether you'll stick with triathlon.
you don't really even need a kit for a sprint, but I'd just get some cycling shorts for now and pick up a new outfit sooner to the race, if you want something different. Just practice in it a few times before. With sprint times being shorter, you may want a one-piece.
I use a Garmin HR system, so I can't comment on Polar.

I'd suggest trying something like a couch-to-5k program to get you started. Beginnertriathlete.com also has some good "couch to sprint" plans.

Good luck!
Velo Gator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-11, 04:00 PM   #3
Velo Gator
Ironwoman
 
Velo Gator's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Jacksonville
Bikes: Cervélo S2
Posts: 13,959
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
http://beginnertriathlete.com/cms/ar...?articleid=261

or

http://beginnertriathlete.com/cms/category.asp?catid=28
Velo Gator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-11, 04:02 PM   #4
Macdahustla
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Edinburgh
Bikes: Many
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Couch to 5k? A match made in heaven methinks, thank you so much! will get right on it!
Macdahustla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-11, 04:33 PM   #5
Velo Gator
Ironwoman
 
Velo Gator's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Jacksonville
Bikes: Cervélo S2
Posts: 13,959
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Macdahustla View Post
Couch to 5k? A match made in heaven methinks, thank you so much! will get right on it!


I agree, it got me running again!
Velo Gator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-11, 07:37 PM   #6
JRonaTrek
Senior Member
 
JRonaTrek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Laveen, AZ
Bikes: Cannondale F300 Mountain bike and a Cannondale CAAD 9 3 Road bike
Posts: 536
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Another option, like the one i did was just quit trying....just kidding....i went to my local college and signed up for a triathlon class.....shows you techniques, which if applied well you will and should be able to finish a sprint within a very comfortable time.
JRonaTrek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-11, 04:59 PM   #7
Macdahustla
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Edinburgh
Bikes: Many
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
ok, so on the bike front I have had a couple of bikes catch my eye on ebay, are these out and out tri bikes or road bikes with tri bars?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/GIANT-TCR-Aero...item1c18dc9519

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Triathlon-Bike...item2a0d9c5ff4

Would appreciate any thoughts on this, I am 5 ft 9 inches with an inside leg of 29 inches

Cheers

Andy
Macdahustla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-11, 05:26 PM   #8
bassjones
Senior Member
 
bassjones's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Fort Wayne, IN
Bikes: Cannondale CAAD9-4
Posts: 1,695
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I am planning on doing my first triathlon this summer and just bought a new road bike. I'm doing a sprint so I may not even bother with aero bars. Of the 3 events, my favorite is bicycling, so I figure I'll get a lot more use out of a road bike than I would a tri bike. Besides, if I end up getting way into triathlons I can always add a tri bike to the stable down the road... and a 29er for the off road tris...
bassjones is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-11, 04:22 PM   #9
Keith99
Senior Member
 
Keith99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 5,866
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
How are your swimming skills? When I hear about first tri disasters it is most apt to be the swim that does someone in. That does not mean you have to be fast in the water, just reasonably comfortable.
Keith99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:47 AM.