Went to the shop this afternoon and got a similar steer there as above. Guy seemed good and took time to listen and talk me through it all. He suggested a road bike rather than pure TT, but as a compromise, one with more of a TT profile than standard and then add decent tri-bars etc to tri-a-fy the thing.
He suggested either the PX RT-90 or the Kuota Kryon. Hadn't heard of the latter brand before but had a look and it certainly looks the business. Looked at a review which seemed pretty positive too. Anyone got a view on either of these?
In answer to your questions, no I haven't completed a tri as yet; and no, don't own a road bike just my hybrid for commuting/pub visits.
The fitting is obviously a must to get the right bike for me and my needs and something I'm doing shortly. I suppose a big question for me is whether I can get away with skipping from pootling about on my hybrid as I do today straight to the 'interesting' position of a TT bike, without the need for the cost, hassle and delay of a road bike in between. I fully expect riding a TT bike (or even a road bike for that matter) will be an alien experience for a while, but logically and financially think that learning, training and ultimately racing on a TT bike seems more sensible. Ha, or am I kidding myself?!
Morning everyone. Genuine tri numpty here. Have run seriously for years (marathons, ultras etc) to a pretty decent standard. Half decent swimmer and commute on a hybrid (Specialized Sirrus Sport). As such, quite fancy having a proper go at triathlons in coming years. Will obviously start with sprint/Olympic distance, but intention is definitely to go for half IM/IM as soon as I'm able.
Anyway, would welcome any sage advice on first steps from anyone here (ideally without having to trawl through all 600+ pages of the thread; I gave up at around 2006...). In particular, I'm keen to invest in a decent bike. Heading to Triathlon Zone shop in St Albans this afternoon (any good?) for a mooch, chat and perhaps a fitting, and have my eye on this PX beauty - http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CBPXEX2FOR/planet-x-exocet-2-sram-force-22-time-trial-bike. That said, before I drop two grand on a shiny piece of carbon, it would be good to hear some honest thoughts on the bike, and the subject in general.
Am just sorting my Boston Marathon place for 2015 and since the race is on a Monday, I was wondering whether there are any local races (ideally another marathon) in the local Boston area on the Saturday before? Anyone know of any, or a decent source that might be able to help? Have looked at MarathonGuide.com and ahotu to no avail, but these do seem to cater more for the larger city events, so am hopeful there is something smaller that I could find and run in.
Boston entry had been getting more 'competitive' year on year recently without the impact of last year, which I'm sure will increase demand for places in 2014.
No doubt many folk will be working that little bit harder on their times to get in, but I think a greater effect will come from many more eligible runners with qualifying times simply wanting to be there, when perhaps in another year they may have passed.
It will clearly be a very special and emotional event for many runners and the city alike. As such I'm hoping to be there myself, but even with a time 15mins better than my qualifying standard, I'm not banking on it such is the level of interest this one will get.
In terms of chalking up a valid qualifying time, I'm sure the BAA site would cover this in FAQs but from memory I think as long as it has chip timing and nothing dubious about the course (e.g. massive overall descent) I'm pretty sure it'll be valid.
Best of luck to all, and hopefully will see you there...