Went with Fran to SwimBikeRun (SBR) in Fulham to discuss bikes and equipment. I have been reading the triathlon magazines and looking at bikes and after speaking to a couple of ironman athletes I thought I needed a new bike. I have a £1500 Felt road bike at present. I spoke to Dave the mechanic at SBR and he thought the latest LOOK time trial bike was a beautiful bike and then Cannondale. He said the Cervelo bike range were very technical and did not rate them the top of his list. He said Felt were value for money and mechanically a great bike. He then pointed to the 2009 Felt DA as one to consider. At £5500 it would be a huge investment.
Fran came in and he brought me back to earth. He siad it is not the bike that is going to make the biggest difference for me. It is my training and getting my nutrition spot on. He wanted me to avoid mistakes he made when training for his first ironman and avoid overtraining. He wanted me to start strength training in the gym and working on technique in the swim. we planned to bring my bike to SBR next friday and see how I fit on it.
When I first bought my bike I was fitted badly as it had me reaching too far in front and created pain in my neck and in the web space between my thumb and index finger from pressure on the handle bars. I went to cyclefit and they placed a tube extension onto the handle bars to shorten the distance between seat and the handle bars. It made the bike look ugly but over time I have started to adjust to the new position and it has been getting more comfortable. Next friday we will check if I will be able to ride 180km on it. If not then we will consider a new bike.
I called Cyclefit and they bespoke make bikes. The cost of the frame set alone will be about £3800 and then I must buy components, handle bars etc. Something to think about if I must buy a new bike.
We looked at wetsuits and Fran suggested I get a thicker wetsuit as my legs tend to drop in the water and I will be swimming in a lake. My body will not be as bouyant as in ocean swimming. The cost of a wetsuit could be between £150 -£200. He recommended I do not get a one piece tri suit because there are problems going to the toilet. Two piece suits will cost at least £120. Other items we looked at were a belt to put my race number on, puncture repair kits and additional storage bags that can be attached to the bike, Aerobars, waterbottles, and goggles.
He said clincher tyres are better than tubular types because the tubular types can be harder to put on the wheel. In terms of nutrition, I must try several brands until I find one that works. Once I find one stick with it. I will try electrolyte and carbohydrate mixes, recovery drinks and gels. I already know my body likes power bars to digest as solid food.
We went for a coffee after visiting SBR and Fran stressed the value of having a coach. His first advice to people wanting to start triathlons is to stop looking at bikes and look for a coach first. I am finding his guidance and advice saves me time and I am learning from his experience. I know in other areas of my life having mentors to help my journey is a must.
Fran and I decided I must write down everything I already have at home and then we will look at the list and buy what extras I need. I will start strength training with supersets in the gym next week. I must strengthen all muscle groups but inparticular the legs, core, chest and Lats.
The hard training will start in January. I have time on my side so I can take a leisurely pace in building up to the event. I am so fortunate to have great friends and some have said they will come to the event to support me. I called home and they are excited for me as well. My father may even come over for the event. I want a big support team to pull me through the event.
I am interested in talking to Dr Justin Roberts next week. I want to get a program from him for my training and nutrition but I am not sure if he does this. I will wait to see what he can do and Fran wants to come with me.
I feel things a slowly building momentum at nice pace. I will be fitting training around work and at the moment I have time to rest. One aspect of my life I must get more of is sleep. When I am tired I can feel my body not performing at its best. I want to be the best I can so the late nights will become fewer the closer I get to full training.