Back to my Triathlon Journey.
I hadn’t rode a bike since middle school however I had been using a stationary bike at the gym for probably a few months. Cycling 30 minutes a couple of times a week. So I wasn’t too worried about the cycling part of Tri.
The end of April arrived and I finally purchase a bike. I didn’t have much money or a clue about bikes, however I ended up with this hybrid cycle for a reasonable price – http://www.argos.co.uk/m/static/Product/partNumber/3324219/searchTerm/Hybrid+cross.htm
So out I went into the real world on my shinney new bike and was surprised at how different cycling is outside of the gym. I know it seems obvious however in my lovely world of denial I didn’t even consider
- Gym seats are like arm chairs compared to real bike seats
- You can’t change the difficulty level of a hill
- Wind is evil
- Changing gears is hard work
All of that being said after the first few nervous trips out I really did start to enjoy cycling on the road. It wasn’t boring like the gym and being out in the countryside on a nice sunny day is just fantastic.
What I do really want to stress with this post is you don’t need an expensive road bike to enjoy cycling. I did my Triathlon on this bike (will talk more about this later) and it was absolutely fine. I wasn’t the only one without a road bike and I didn’t get left behind.
Please don’t feel under pressure to have a fancy bike. Just get what you feel comfortable with and enjoying cycling.