Do you guys just take over a normal feed station in the event as all pirate volunteers, or do you set up one just for the pirates with the pirates own food so they are getting whatever nutrition they prefer?
If i don't compete in this race myself, i will be happy to help out as i live in Nottm anyway.
Thanks for the top quality responses guys. I think you're all right about it being the "engine" to the bike that makes a difference. I think i will get far more enjoyment and use out of a road bike as opposed to a tri specific bike.
I will definitely buy from a local retailer, mainly to make sure i get a proper fit, but also because i just like to support them so they dont lose out to bigger companies, even if i end up spending a bit more than i would online.
I think i will try and get some aerobars and stff to start with so i can start getting used to the position and so the shop i buy them from can hopefully help me set them up. Not quite sure about the helmet at the moment, but i might treat myself before a significant race, i'd look like an idiot cruising along slowly at the moment
Thanks for the info on the beeston cycling club, i will definitely look into them. Just noticed on their forum they have quite a few cycling routes planned out which is what i was worrying about, where i can actually go once i get my bike! Do you know if there are any good triathlon clubs in the area?
I'm still unsure as to whether its a good idea for me to enter this race. That said I will be at the event either way, as I live in Nottingham so if I'm not racing I will either be volunteering at the event or coming down just to support you pirates.
Hopefully going to start swimming lessons in the next week or so and getting my first decent bike, possibly as part of a tri starter package. Exciting times
Oh and i always thought it was "cool" that you could essentially start taking on these forums, buy pirate kit and wear it straight away in events and feel like part of a group. It gives people a sort of purpose to train and not let the other people in the team down, i always thought it would be inspiring to wear the team colours.
Don;t get me wrong, I admire all you old pirates who have done a full IM, but don't forget that for some people a full IM wont be achievable due to their lifestyles and/or lifestyle commitments. I'm a noob so correct me if im wrong but surly anyone who is devoted to the pirates, is an active member in the community and actually take parts in triathlons no matter what the distance should be able to fly the pirate flag?