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Bit of a plea for advice from the female pirates - I am the world's worst at trying to estimate sizes for cycling gear! I get it wrong EVERY time! I'm measured myself, and my current kit, against the size guide here and am still unsure! So I'm going to ask for your feedback too then make my final decision! I'm normally a size 10 or 12 (10 for pants, 12 for tops). I have Ironman Wales kit from last year and bought size small. I'm concerned that this kit comes up small though and am leaning towards medium. I'm planning on ordering jersey, gilet, monaco and tri-shorts. Do I get all in a medium?? Help!!!
my swimming was appalling (could barely do 2 lengths of front crawl) but I stuck with the club for a year (mainly for the swim sessions) and in August this year I completed my first iron-distance tri! Obviously massively depends on the club but I don't think I would have improved so much, or so quickly if it hadn't been for the tri club swim sessions.
However, I found that I didn't really like the politics of being in this particular club so I kind of stayed away from the social side of things and quit after a year! Also, it wasn't particularly local so I found the travel was taking up too much time.
Don't worry about being out of your depth - I can almost guarantee there will be people in the same boat as you...
Club politics and 'clicky' groups is what puts me off clubs. I am in a running club and it is the one thing I don't like. As I cannot attend the social side or do every single club race (due to my personal circumstances), I feel I am not really a part of the club. I do need to improve my swimming though, and could do with riding in a group on the Sunday long rides.