You guys and girls must get fed up of all these 'Newbie' threads....

Very little gear and NO idea!

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19/03/2013 at 13:10

Heyy you guys! I'm new to all this milarky and really don't have a clue what I'm doing at all. Apologies in advance for the dumb questions!

I decided at the beginning of the year to get fit so I thought I'd do a couple of Sprint Tri’s this summer then if I like it to build up to some longer distances for next year.

I picked up my beautiful shiny new road bike last night - (thanks to the cycle to work scheme!) - I'm really looking forward to falling off it this weekend as haven't ridden for a couple of years and never used clipless pedals. My brother, who is quite a serious cyclist, insisted that a road bike and clipless pedals was the way to go for a complete idiot like me EEEEEK! One thing I was thinking of doing was commuting to work on my bike, which would be a daily round trip of 36miles through undulating hills and country roads. Obviously I would need to build up to this but hopefully this should give me a lot of bike experience fairly quickly. Does anyone else on here commute as well? If so how far and how do you fit it in to your training programmes? Would it be too much to build up to doing 4/5 commutes a week over the next couple of months, or will I just burn myself out far too quickly on the bike and mess up the training?

Hmmm looking at all of that it seems like I have quite a few issues to get over before I start thinking too big. I was thinking of contacting my local tri club when I'm a bit fitter. I really don't want them to laugh at my blobbiness, unfitness and complete ineptitude.

Thanks for putting up with me!


19/03/2013 at 13:27

Hi GingerG, I'm a newbie, I managed to stumble through my first sprint tri last sep, i am currently going through the falling off stage, I recently cycled into a stationary car while faffing about with my clip-less pedal looking down.

I'm doing around 30 miles round trip twice a week to work, and I try and do a long ride at the weekend, I fell off on every ride for the first 5, (The first time was at my front door into next doors hedge) and have fell off once since (at a pub stop in front of everyone in the pub) But it has been pointed out with a smile by a motorist that I am a clumsy T**T, to which I agreed.

I'm sure you will get used to it and have less incidents than me.

best of luck and have fun !

19/03/2013 at 13:40

Hi GingerG,

I think you've done absoultely the right thing in going straight for clipless pedals, and also for deciding to have a go at commuting.

You've got quite a long return trip. Is there a way you could stagger it at first (eg drive in with bike, cycle home leaving car overnight, cycle in in the morning etc?)? You can get valuable miles in by commuting, but the feeling of finishing a long, hard day at work when it's dark, raining and windy, and you've no way of getting home except by spending an hour on the bike, can bring you to tears!

Good idea to look at tri clubs, but also consider local cycling clubs  - there will be long weekend rides for all stadards, and things like time trials to get you speeded up!

Good luck .

19/03/2013 at 14:12

Fatmo I can see myself coming off quite a few times - There is a sweepstake going round my family and friends as to how many times and how badly i injure myself! All I can say to that is I put a £1 bet on 5 times in my first ride!

That seems a very sensible idea about splitting the commuting over 2 days to begin with Joddly, I hadn't thought of that at all. I'm probably not going to start commuting for the next couple of weeks so hopefully it will be lighter in the evenings during the ride back home. (And better weather but I'm only whispering that quietly in my mind so I don't jinx myself!)

I've just had a look at the local cycling clubs found that one of them do a 10mile TT starting at the end of my road (only about 500m away) one evening a week during the summer - after living there for 11 years I'm now wondering what else I've missed on my doorstep!

19/03/2013 at 16:26

Just get stuck in with those time trials - you should find everyone is very supportive, and  you'll see a massive improvement as the summer goes on!

seren nos    pirate
19/03/2013 at 16:28

i started triathlon nearly 5 years ago and only did my first TT a week or so ago...............wish I had done it years ago..loved it and am doing another one this weekend


19/03/2013 at 16:35

I'll get a bit fitter then have no excuse bearing mind how close it is from my house!  

M...eldy    pirate
19/03/2013 at 17:34
joddly wrote (see)

Just get stuck in with those time trials - you should find everyone is very supportive, and  you'll see a massive improvement as the summer goes on!

Lalalalalal not listenning 

Welcome Ginger, enjoy the ride  !!!

19/03/2013 at 18:42

Forgot to mention - watch that Meldy, or you could end up in all sorts of trouble.

19/03/2013 at 18:58
Thanks M...eldy! (Had to go back and count the dots!)

Right-O I'll bear that in mind Joddly there's always one isn't there?! Normally I seem to be the one causing all sorts of trouble so it makes a change!
WhizKid    pirate
19/03/2013 at 19:57
Don't underestimate the 36 mile return trip, my commute is approx 40 miles by Friday you will know all about it! The problem with commuting 4/5 times a week can take away time from some other valuable sessions such as pre work swim or post work run etc... Unless you do stupid stuff like ironman like me;)... In my opinion I would commute 2/3 times a week on the bike drive the other 2 times and use the morning for a swim/run, try and increase your bike mileage at the weekend with a long ride, this will also help your commute! Obviously when you start you need to ease yourself in or you will get burnt out or worse injured, hope this helps
M...eldy    pirate
19/03/2013 at 20:38
GingerG wrote (see)
Thanks M...eldy! (Had to go back and count the dots!) 
They are in need of updating 
19/03/2013 at 20:38

GingerG... I bet (hope) your first few rides go ok, as you will be so worried about your pedals and not forgetting to unclip, that you won't forget! It is when you become a bit more relaxed with them that you might end up on the floor...

19/03/2013 at 21:43
Thanks for that advice Jamie. I probably will aim for commuting 2/3 times a week and a long ride at the weekend and for the sprint tri I have in mind in aug that should be plenty .... There is a little (getting bigger!) seed in the back of my mind saying stoooopid things like 'you know you DO want to think about doing an ironman!' I'm going to ignore it until I have one my first tri then knowing me I'll probably give in!
I hope you're right EllieO, I would like to get used to my bike a bit before I start hitting the deck! Plus I'm scared of scratching it :S

I'm now just waiting on my physio's blessing to start swimming and it will be all guns blazing!
19/03/2013 at 21:54
Dots.... who on earth would bother with dots after their name?

I bike commute and i find it a great way of building strength on the bike. i only to 20 miles each way and i find i am shatered by friday. i now do a bit less so i am enthusiastic to get out at the weekends
Dustboy    pirate
19/03/2013 at 22:46

10 mile evening TTs are quite fun, might go back this year and do a few myself, it's only 7 miles away and quite a nice Surrey route.. I'll fess up and admit that I have never broken the magic 30 mins but I made just under 32 once!

I think I was last but one, in front of the bloke on the mountain bike!

20/03/2013 at 10:16

I think I'll probably do the TT route alone before joining in with all the fast people! Knowing how slow I'm likely to be I'll be lucky if I get under 1hr!

20/03/2013 at 13:22

Did an hours ride last night, and I'm really getting very good at it...........Falling off that is, not Cycling, I stopped at a traffic light and being cocky lent over to hold the railing near the traffic lights and kept my feel clipped in, that went fine but as I went to pull off I was in far too high a gear and inevitably took a tumble onto the pavement and landed at an old woman's feet who told me to be careful, I told her its OK, I do this all the time.

seren nos    pirate
20/03/2013 at 14:13

Fatmo........i hope you haven't scatched the bike

20/03/2013 at 15:13

No, thankfully bike unscathed, I did mark my handlebar tape when I went into the back of a car though, as the driver got out to see me spread eagle on the pavement he said is there any damage, I said yeah, a little bit of my tape is smudged, apparently he was asking about his car, Some motorists are very selfish, any old panelbeater can sort out a cars bodywork these days but someone who can wrap handlebar tape well is special.

I may invest in some knee pads while I'm getting the hang of the clipless peds though, I have scabby knees I once donned as a 7 year old, unfortunatly with more creaks and cracks

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