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Sunday, July 28, 2013

I've always sort of wanted to do a triathlon. In fact, I set it as one of my things to do when I hit my goal weight. Lately though I decided not to wait until then. Heck training for a tri seems more like something to help me get to my goal so why wait.

I already run so I don't need to do anything any different there.

I swim laps at the Y twice a week so I feel like that's at least heading in the right direction.

Cycling though, oh not so much. I own a bike. It was my high school graduation present from my dad. He called it my "parking sticker" because parking on campus in college was something ridiculous like $400 a semester. I rode that thing constantly back then. It's a mountain bike so other than just going back and forth to class and work I rode trails and cruised the bike paths all the time.

Then I graduated and still rode some, but not as much. I can't even remember the last time rode it until this past Thursday. I'm all jazzed on this tri idea so when I got home from work I got it out of the shed, aired up the tires, and took it for a spin just to see if everything is in working order. I think I'm going to take it to a bike shop to get it checked out just to make sure that I don't need a new chain or anything but it really seems fine.

What is not "fine" is me. WOW just WOW. I took off on it, figured I'd bike my 4 mile running route just as a test run. It took me almost 30 minutes to do 4 miles. Oh boy am I going to have to do better than that. The sprint tri I'm looking at is in May so I have plenty of time, but basically I need to go twice that far in about the same amount of time. I can do that math in my head, I need to bike twice as fast.

I started looking at road bikes figuring that if I get into this eventually I'm going to have to get one. I'm going to wait until closer to the race, but if I'm still biking when I get my annual bonus from work in March then I think I'll spring for an entry level road bike. In the meantime I'm doing some research so I know exactly what I want and hey training on a really heavy mountain bike will just make the road bike seem that much lighter.

They are PRICEY though. Oh you can get a good one for between $700 and $1200 but they do have 18 month same as cash financing at the tri shop I went to today. The thing doesn't even COME WITH PEDALS for that.

The helpful thing though is that if I can't afford to EAT then perhaps I'll look better in that trisuit because lordy does it hide nothing.
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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 8/4/2013 11:27AM

    LOL- I'm a random stranger who happened upon your blog - what a delightful story about your parking sticker and your current situation.

No pedals? that's like making the steering wheel an option in a car! Hope they're not too expensive.

Good luck with your tri training!
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_MOBII_ 7/28/2013 6:20PM

    That is some sticker shock! You are sounding really excited though!

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