Mikasa - both my road bikes are second hand off ebay. I was naughty and went and got fitted in the local bike shop for a specialized and a cannondale and used those approximate sizes for the beasts i was looking at on ebay. I am 5ft 2 and my bike is an XS. Be aware though, that diff bike companies use diff sizing formats!!!
I, as advised by a full IM friend, purchased a pair of clip on tri bars. of course, i 100% want a BMC Time Machine. But i am not talented enough to make good use of it!!!
if you are going to treat yourself, try bike science in bristol. they arent "flimflamdarling" like some road bike shops. they also give you a very thorough bike fit with your new wheels!!!
alibear30, where are you based? you can pm me if you like, dont post on this board. if you are near me i will go out with you no worries. my training mojo is ON atm - am happy to kick your ars3 back into mo farah mode.
i have not got a scooby doo what "watery fat" is. but apparently its the better / easier to lose type. he had a damn good prod of my fat bits, cringe.
i am with a pt for tri specific strength training twice a week. my core isnt even a core, its just an unused piece of my bod. needs SERIOUS work. my shoulders are hopeless and my ass and hamstrings might as well belong to that neighbour of mine who is obviously competing in the sofa surfing world championships.
I AM FINISHING IN THE HEALTHY BIT OF THE FIELD FOR ALL MY RACES NEXT YEAR. i will not be (as previously) finsishing somewhere along the lines of where my neighbour would finish ANYMORE.
Mikasa - are you doing dynamic stretches pre run? I do the warm up bits of a jillian micheals dvd pre run and i start out a lot better on the road!!! one of my friends doesnt even consider the first 15 mins of her run as part of the session - she jogs and gently lengthens her stride. then when she is at 15 minutes she starts her training.... i do this with my bike sessions.....