I am doing a triathlon in the summer and would like some advice on my bike. I have a 2011 Cube Agree GTC Pro, its a fantastic road bike but i dont know whether to fit this bike with time trial bars for the triathlon or maybe just tent a tri-bike.
100km rides @ 23kph, id need to increase speed a lot. Id rather try and do a good time over olympic or sprint. Plus i dont have the time to train for half ironman distance. I am a university student working on full time placement year with distance learning modules. Pretty cramped schedule until may.
When i go back to university next year i will have more time so can swim in the morning before uni (where as i have an hour commute each way this year) and train in the night too. Therefore, if olympic goes well then ill consider 70.3 for summer 2014.
As discussed in my previous thread I will be doing my first triathlon this summer. I am fairly confident in my running and cycling ability but I am new to swimming. My question is, which distance should i do for my first triathlon: sprint or olympic? The date is mid june so i still have a while to train.
My swimming is poor but I have kept fitness ticking over through winter. My most recent sessions:
Swim: sets of 3x20m, 3x40m, 3x60m, 3x80m and 3x100m (not sure of pace just trying to improve technique and breathing)
Run: Treadmill 30min 7.2km Av. Gradient 1.5% Av. HR= 180bpm Av. Speed 14.4km/hr
Cycling: 100km average speed 23km/hr three hills (this was mid Jan)
Any adivce would be great. I am confident that i will be able to do the distance just the thought of doing them one after another is pretty daunting.
Hi guys. Just an update for the people that helped me or anyone else who may be interested.
I went down to the local pool today. It started off as a disaster. As it was my first time swimming front crawl since i was 5 years old i was very rusty. I was breathing evey 1.5 strokes and was building up so much O2 debt i couldnt swim more than 50m. I became very frustrated at myself but asked a life guard for advice. He told me to try breathing every stroke. I did it and it worked fine. I did 5 x 100m sets which killed me. I have no idea what a good swimming pace is but the life guard said the pace was good.
I kept getting water up my nose, any pointers? Also what trunks are best? Also considering full olympic now, is that too much for a first tri?
I have also contacted the local club and will be joining next week. Been out running twice this week, not feeling too fit at the moment but i am hoping some of the running sessions with the club will help improve my pace.
Any one else planning on doing liverpool Tri? First timers?