First Triathlon - where do I start

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12/06/2012 at 23:51

I have been regularly running for around 8 months, am regularly running around 20 -25 miles per week average 9.20-9.30 min/miles, working towards a half marathon in September. I can swim 1.5k in around 30 mins but have never done open water swimming and am wanting to have a go at a Triathlon. I am about to buy a new bike (having not been on one since Uni - but used to be on my bike all the time - so whilst out of practice am a confident cyclist) - Questions? what bike do I buy - not to expensive and probably used for family life as well and are my running and swimming times reasonable? whats thebest one to try first - I live in the West Midlands? Thanks

Dubai Dave    pirate
13/06/2012 at 12:48

With those running and swim times your not going to be last.Ditto what Cake has said re bike, a lot depends on how much you want to spend, the Giant Defy comes top in just about all reviews of starter bikes.

13/06/2012 at 20:54

Thanks both - I have to say that is one of my fears is of looking like a total imposter! I haven't got a clue about transitions and what to wear etc but just want to finish however long it takes. I will investigate bikes on ebay. I'm used to mountain bikes with suspension and my husband is concerned I will really notice the lack of with a hybrid which was what I was thinking of getting as it woudl do for very amatuer tri's and family cycling too.


15/06/2012 at 20:46

Thanks! Any ideas on a good first sprint tri to go for in the West Midlands?

15/06/2012 at 21:06

cake- fantastic article, all the kind of questions I wanted to ask - i.e. sports bras! is it ok to be on a mountain bike (which I have but is old and my hubby was going to have as I have a new one!). Searching round tonight for a tri to register for and just go for it!

15/06/2012 at 22:55

Done it - entered a sprint trial at the end of July!!! How excited am I!!!

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