First triathlon - goal is to finish!(50 Posts)
I've decided to do a triathlon this year - either a novice event (may), or a women's only(July) or both.
Anyone else signed up or thinking of signing up to one?
I am new to this getting fit lark. I started swim training 18 months ago, and running/ spinning 3 months ago. I am still overweight, but am getting fitter and have (almost) lost 3 stone this year. I can now do all components but haven't started 'brick' training, and need to work on speed as slow in all areas!
I have done a couple of beginner triathlons. They are really fun, people overtake each other at different stages which I found really motivating. I'm best at swimming and running, so had a good start and then caught up those speedy cyclists in the run. I found most other people friendly but also most triathletes hate the swim and love cycle. They're fun events. Are you doing an open water swim?
Also congrats on getting fit! And tris are good cos it's usually staggered start times, I always am the slowest there but staggered times mean I'm not last over the finish line!
I am. Planning to do the women only shock absorber at Eton Dorney which I presume is the one you are thinking about. Likewise, my aim is to finish! If I were you I would start brick training soonish - the jelly legs take some time to get used to! I can do 20km bike in 40-45 minutes, but I have to start my run very slow to cope with said jelly legs. At the moment I'm starting at 7.5kmp/h for the first k, then 8, 8.5, 9 and 9.5 for each km after, so it's taking about 35 mins for the run. I'd like to do it in 30. Swimming I'm not too worried about - always been a good swimmer and quite happily swam a mile up to a week before each dc's due date (only stopped cos I was worried about waters breaking in the pool!). I am signed up to some open water training though as I guess that is a different kettle of fish! My 5 year old wants to go the scootathlon at Eton - 400m scoot, 400m bike, 250m run. Bless. I say go for it - I'm really enjoying it and although I'm worried about it all falling apart and coming last, I would still be dead proud tbh!
Thanks for the replies!
at southern thinking sleepy! Actually one in Edinburgh!
Def will be pool based at this stage. Though wouldn't rule out open water in the future - do have a wet suit and managed to get out a few times last year, however it's mainly sea swimming up here which can sometimes be a bit scary!
Beluga - think I'm still at the getting fitter stage, as opposed to fit!
I've only done one 5k (last Sunday) - as only started running in November, and then had a 2 week break for Xmas. My time was 38 mins, so v slow. No idea how much I'll be able to improve on that between now and may/ June - and no idea what the effect of coming off a bike will be. Will start brick training in the next few weeks, though am v scared at thought of them. My cycling is confined to family rides (6 miles today - broken by lunch & at kids pace!) and an hour of spinning per week. Have just booked a babysitter for a few weekends so Dh and I can go out together. My swimming is my fave - though again slow 11-12 mins for 400m. Can't see ill be making massive strides on that time any time soon as progress in swimming is much slower than the other two disciplines - even though I've been doing 2.5 hours per week for 18 months. But at least I absolutely know I can swim it comfortably!
Any other tips from your experience?
Don't even have a road bike at the moment - and am thinking my ladies ridgeback will be enough to get me through at this point. Likewise am probably happy to forfeit time by not wearing a tri suit! (V wobbly stomach needs to be kept hidden).
Its brilliant you can run 5k, after cycling running always feels slow, even if you have a good pace. I'd seond gatting on with brick training as it is very tough and you need to prepare yourself. For my cycling training all I did was cycled to the gym (about 2 miles!!!), locked my bike and went for a proper run, so on the day it was tough (this was literally all the cycling training I did and on the day I hired a mountain bike as thats all that was available and my own bike at home was the whimsical kind with a basket). So what I'm saying is, you're training for the bike is already looking pretty good!
The tris ive done have all been in the pool and they were sprint distance so not too full on. Its a shame the swim goes so fast as its my fav bit too. I havent ever worn a tri-suit either - im not sure what id look like!
I really planned out my station on the day, so everything was in the right place at the right time for quick transitions, its worth practising this and you can apply it to everything, taking the kids swimming etc, lay out your stuff and try and beat your time! This is what I do at swimming lessons every wednesday and im always first in the cafe ;-) I also got some of those elastic laces so you dont have to tie your shoe laces. They were a good investment!
You're really inspiring me to go for a tri this yr. I had a break last yr from all exercise as I had my first baby and have started running and swimming again and have started looking for events...its just the cycling thats my issue.
I am aiming for my first Tri this year after a challenge from my friend. She is a runner, and my sport is cycling, so it will be an interesting competition. I am hoping to do a competition in June or later but haven't signed up to anything yet. A friend of my friend is supposed to be setting up a new one this year in Tooting, but is having some problems, so we are not sure if this will come off. I'm going to suggest the Eton Dorney one to my friend, although the women only event is more expensive than the open competition.
I'm thinking of starting off with a Sprint event - is that what most people do or do they go straight for the standard?
I have started training for Tri only this year: my cycling will be my strongest section and I reckon on a flat course I should be able to do 20k in about 35 - 40 mins. Swimming will be my next strongest: I used to swim for my school and was quite good, but haven't really swum since university 13 years ago. I have started to get back into it this year and am building up my stamina. Running will be my weakest area: I can't actually run 5 k at the moment. I started with one of those C25K programs in January and was beginning to make good progress until I crashed my bike quite badly 3 weeks ago, and am only just now able to walk properly again, let alone run. The upside is that my swimming has really come on, as that has been the only exercise I have been able to do for the last 3 weeks so I have been going a couple of times a week.
Not for me but my husband was flying last year. My only recommendation is reading up on food, carbs and nutrition its very important that you eat the correct food at the right times. We've seen people completely exhausted and collapsed because they haven't eaten correctly.
My husband was very focused and went running even though he was so exhausted. He'd use the concept 2 rowing machine (in living room) as a warm up.
He also had one to one swimming lessons for a while to get him to the standard as the local tri swim club was too fast for him. Amazing at cycling
Sadly he went too thin, looked terrible and lost his strength (no good for his job) and it was killing him for time. He decided to give it up which is a shame but the training was too much after long manual days and stress of running business. Good that he's gained a bit more weight and has about 34" (was 40") waist very tall and farmer but its a serious commitment and you have to be very focused.
Join a club if you need to get on.
Thistle - that sounds a nasty accident. Hope you're fully mended now. Heard that lower injury rate was supposed to be a benefit of triathlons!
Goodness bacon. I'm not worrying about being too thin any time soon! More that every extra lb I'm carrying is a hindrance, especially with running.
I've never been fit in my life. And I was only slim (ish) at university. Rest of the time overweight - to a greater or (currently) lesser extent.
I guess at this stage the ambition is soley to participate and finish. I have no care about timings or glory. But the guys I swim train with are all about the journey, so I guess that is how I'm seeing it. And I hope I enjoy it cause I am already seeing a fitness benefit.
Re food bacon - I have a desk job unlike your active husband. Need to make sure I don't over eat as you don't lose that many cals from exercising at my pace / distance. It's more about bang for the buck iykwim.
Sprint and novice distances here seem to vary between 400m swim, 6-10 k bike and 2.5-5 k runs. Not sure whether a shorter course will just mean that people do it faster.
I think some people can take any sport too seriously - triathlon itself can get quite full-on as you aren't really a triathlete unless you compete - if you see what I mean? (ie. lots of ppl do a bit of cycling/ swimming and running but arent triathletes).
I think its as much as a commitment as you want it to be and I wouldn't say you need to be terribly focused really. I only did sprint races described as 'try a tri' so i knew there would be beginners and like i said, i had good swimming and running foundations and didn't even do any cycle training and I managed! It is meant to be fun and I think it is a fun event to try and doesn't have to be as big and scary as lots of tri clubs like to make out (the tri club attached to my old running club was pretty intense!!).
I think you should go for a sprint as its quick, will build confidence and you don't have to worry about speed as the staggered start (which you usually get with pool based triathlons) will mean you won't be the last in at the finish. They normally ask your estimated time and then slowest ppl start and fastest start last.
I think its all about choosing your race. Choose a friendly event - when I do half marathons or any running event I avoid anything with too many club runners as they are just so fast. Whereas at a Race for Life event you can run but there are always people walking taking the pressure off. Some ppl love all this tri-suit/ ironman tattoo stuff but end of day, its just swimming cycling and running! :-)
bacon - it sounds like your DH was overtraining. Any sports coach will tell you that it is absolutely and medically essential to allow recovery periods in your training schedule. Training at an intense level stresses the body and temporarily weakens it. If you allow enough recovery time in your schedule, the body not only recovers, but comes back stronger. If you don't allow recovery time, it goes on getting weaker, and doesn't fully bounce back. You actually end up getting weaker rather than stronger the more you train.
I went to a training day for cycle racing before Christmas where the coach was talking about this, and he told us of an olympic athlete who tried to change disciplines to start triathlon, but overtrained, and ended up in hospital for 3 months, career over.
I think triathlon carries quite a risk of this, as a rest day from running is the day you go cycling, and if you are not cycling, then you go swimming. It is easy not to schedule in any breaks at all. I make sure to have one day a week when I don't do any exercise at all and try to take things really easy, but it is important as well to listen to your body, and if you do feel exhausted and not able to put in any effort in your training session, then stop. Have a couple of days off. It will do you good, whereas continuing to train will actually set you back in your fitness goals.
Beluga - thanks good advice. Think the pick your race is sound advice.
Thistle - good timing. I had a virus fri nt/ sat and spent the day in bed. Just debating whether I feel up to running today & yet know that I don't have many training slots this week so feel I ought to. I also ran on thurs, and enjoyed it, whereas on Friday it just felt hard work. Wasn't sure if that was cause it was consecutive days, a long gentle incline out, or if I was starting to feel ropey earlier than I thought.
I was wondering how people are progressing?
I have been back to proper training these last two weeks, and apart from the occasional whinge from my knee- mostly when I am trying to put down full power on the bike, I don't seem to have any lasting problems.
Can I ask what other people have as their training schedules?
Mine varies a bit week by week depending on how my work goes as sometimes I have to work late, but this is what I aim for:
Monday - rest day
Tuesday - cycle commute (18 or 24 miles depending on where I am working) and run.
Wednesday - swim
Thursday - cycle commute and run
Friday - cycle commute
Saturday - run
Sunday - long ride on bike (around 50 miles)
I try to add in an additional swim where I can. Sometimes I might commute by bike 4 or even 5 days a week but I always make sure I have one day off.
WOW Thistledew... That is some training!
Mine on a good week (ie no interuptions from work/ sick child/ bad weather/ swimming pool poo accident/ closed for gala day/ closed due to leaks) is..
Monday - 2 hour Track & spinning (or just spinning if track closed)
Tuesday - 1 hour swimming (split between stroke development & time trial stuff), and maybe a (3-4k) run as well
Wednesday - 45 min spin (which I want to build to include a short run after)
Thursday - 3-4k run
Friday - short bike ride, 3k run, 1 hour swimming class
Saturday - off
Sunday - 30 min swimming
But reckon at least one of these gets binned on any given week due to above.
Feeling confident on the separate componnents (esp as novice triathlon, so short distances - 250 swim, 9k bike, 4k run). But need to start the build sessions, and will all be at a v slow pace.
Eightytwenty- that sounds like a good balanced program. Mine is rather cycle heavy but I use it as a means of transport so don't really want to cut it out.
Are you getting some swimming coaching?
I used to swim for my school and a bit at uni 10 (+) years ago but have barely been in a pool since. I get moments when the crawl comes together and I start to feel like I could just keep going but most of the time it just feels like hard work. I am thinking of having some lessons to brush up on my technique but don't know whether to have these individually or to find a club to join.
I've done 2 hours of swim coaching for 18 months now. But previously couldn't do the crawl at all.
Now can do it v comfortably but still v slow (12 mins to do 400m).
Think if you've been good in the past its pretty easy to get good again. However I'd really recommend coaching or a club - you'll work harder, with greater variety. I find it mentally and physically stimulating in the way I don't when I swim on my own.
Where do you go for coaching? Is it in a swimming class or do you have private lessons?
Part of my problem is that my stroke always used to be breaststroke - I used to be able to swim breaststroke faster than I could crawl, but I know I need to get the crawl sorted for a tri.
I think my breast stroke is still faster. Tbh apparently you (and many people do) breast stroke - certainly at first. I want get timed for both, but need to wait for pool to be repaired.
I go to private classes, with an instructor who is just amazing. I found him through local authority classes, and was lucky that he is the best swim coach in Edinburgh (by all accounts) so when the la schedule changed I followed him to his private class. I also do another la class (which is good as paying for this gives me access to free swimming at any of the city pools). There are lots of master classes as well as people who informally train together too -but I like the discipline and technique training I get from bloc3.
It's true what you say about breaststroke, but I used to be properly quick with it.
I will see if my la has any coaches willing to do private lessons. I asked about group ones and was told that there is about a 9 month waiting list! Heaven knows why they don't just put on more classes if there is the demand.
I'm doing the super sprint at Blenheim this year. I was supposed to do it last year but was injured and still not quite running as well as I was. DH is doing it too so evening spin sessions in front of the Killing!
Do you have spin bikes in your homes? Wow!
We have a turbo trainer which fits both our bikes - got it off ebay for £75 and then fix up a phone app to do speed/ distance/ cadence etc. It is so useful and makes it much easier to do something every day.
Hello. How're you getting on? I have only a month to go, and only 3 weekends left so am thinking I really need to do some 'builds'. Just need to negotiate with dh who is currently in bed sick, and to coordinate other life stuff.
Easter holidays and pool closure have interfered with training but am back on it this week.
Skaen - so is your turbo in the house or garage? I know someone with one in the garage. Another reason for me to have garage envy.
Thistle - impressed by your run times.
I had another 6 week hiatus in training due to a combination of a nasty cough and getting married and going on honeymoon, but I am back into it now, and feeling that I am more or less at a reasonable standard in all three disciplines.
Has anyone entered anything recently?
I have my eye on one in the second week of July. It is run by Humanrace and sponsored by Lidl so all the events are banana themed! I am thinking of the Banana Fritter, which is sprint distance apart from a slightly shorter swim.
I feel I need to have a go at some open water swims, and fortunately there are a few places near me that I can do this.
Does anyone have their own wetsuit? If so, what brand?
What do you wear under it? Do you have a tri suit?
Hi thistle! Congratulations on getting married. Am sure you'll be back in no time.
I did my novice tri in may. Was quite pleased with my swim time, bike time could've been better (if I had more than 7 gears, and if my light weight jacket hasn't acted as a hot air balloon!). Run was pretty slow.
Have a few things to work on - working out the transition in reverse (got v disorientated coming off the bike), and pacing my run without my Nike run ap.
Unfortunately I have plantar fasciitis so can't run at all till its healed. But will start increasing bike training in preparation for a 47 mile cycle I'm doing in September. And have started going to a masters swim class so will improve stamina from that no doubt. Am also down to do another novice tri in September (longer swim and bike but shorter run) with a view to doing a sprint next year.
Does anyone on this thread own their own wetsuit? If so, what make do you have?
I went open water swimming for the first time last week, which was glorious. The lake where I went has suits to hire, with money off at the shop if you buy one after. I tried what I thought was the entry level suit from Blueseventy, but it is very similar in design to their top of range one, which was in fact what I tried! I'm not sure I can really justify over £400 for a wetsuit, but would like to know what the real difference is between the top of range and bottom of range.
So, I am now committed!
I have entered the women-only triathlon on 14 July at Eaton Dorney!
Only one week to go.
I have a wetsuit and have a tri suit on order.
For people who have done this before- do you wear a race belt or pin your number?
I am struggling a bit with injuries as my crash last week seems to have slightly aggravated the injuries I got in my crash in January (I must try to stop doing this), so I'm going to focus on swimming for the next few days and will taper from Wednesday.
Can I join in? I've done the odd triathlon before but I thought I would enter a sprint at the end of this month to push me a bit more.
I have a blue-seventy wetsuit and it seems fine. It's not the super-duper one that my sister has, but I'm not an ironman, so I think it is ok.
My number goes on a race-belt but you can just buy a thick bit of elastic and put it on that. It makes things easier if you can have it on your back for the bike and then just swivel it round your body for the run.
Of course you can join. It's great to have people with experience to pick up tips from.
Thanks for the replies to my questions. I splashed out (geddit?) on a very nice suit but got something of a bargain. It was last year's range that has now been discontinued, but I managed to buy what was a £400 suit for £245! I have heard stories about cheap suits chafing badly, but found that the pricy ones I tried did not chafe at all, even without wetsuit grease.
I also have a fancy new tri-suit, which all importantly matches the colour of my bike! I should at least look the part even if I don't perform it.
Does anyone have any tips about tapering my training? I had a hard cycle on Sunday, yesterday off, today a moderate cycle and a slightly shortened run. Tomorrow I want to do one final open water swim and the will have a short cycle home. I'm planing to take Thurs and Friday off, and then go for a very short but intense ride on Saturday, as it helps my asthma to have a good burst and a cough if I need it.
Does this sound sensible?
Well done ladies and good luck for your race this weekend.
My kids do triathlons and do do some training for them but it's still fun for them although the competitive parents sometimes take the fun element out of it.
I never realised how big triathlon was in the UK until recently and the event my club run gets "sold out" at least 6 months in advance.
That taper sounds ok. I tend to do a very short brick (20 min bike, 10 min run) the day before a race as that seems to work for me.
How do you fit training round your family? I've started trying to get up at 6am to go for a run and my weekday bike ride is done on the turbo-trainer when the dc are in bed.
Tri has been entered: 600m open water swim, 20km bike (slightly hilly) and 6k run through the woods.
Tomorrow's the day! I am really quite excited and can't get to sleep.
One last question - do most people carry a puncture repair kit? I normally carry a pack in my cycling jersey pocket but there isn't room in my tri suit so will have to find my seat bag in the morning. The cycle is four 5k laps so the furthest I would be from transition would be 2.5k.
When is your race Corgi?
Training is not too difficult for me as I don't yet have DC. I do most of my cardio on the bike which I do cycling to work three days a week. DH cycles as well so we both go out with our cycle club on a Sunday morning. When we have DC, I can see us taking alternating weekends.
I am lucky that although I work full time I am freelance, so can sometimes run or swim during the day, but if not I either go early in the morning or at about 8 pm. I have noticed that training has cut into the time DH and I spend together recently.
How did you get on Thistle?
I have been doing triathlons for about the last 7 years on and off, mainly sprint distance. I am doing a sprint in Ashford at the beginning of August. I have recently joined a triathlon swim session to try to improve my swimming as this is my weakest discipline. I did a brick session this morning to try to get used to that feeling of jelly lead legs when you get off the bike and start running!
I hired a Foor wetsuit for my first London Triathlon I then had the option to buy it which I did. Its not brilliant and could do with replacing it to be honest!
Cardi which triathlon are you entered for?
Hey all, I am considering doing a triathlon at some point and was wondering how much training I need. The run is the bit I am most conformable doing, I did five half marathons around 2010-2012ish and my best time was 1:55. I don't own a bike and haven't cycled since I was a teenager but never found it difficult. The swim is my worst, as although I love swimming, I find front crawl extremely difficult because I can't quite master the breathing for more than a few lengths so I guess I'd have to do back stroke.
Do I sound like a disaster waiting to happen yet? If it's any help I don't care getting a truly awful time!
Pretty pleased with today for a first effort! I came 28th out of 52 in my age category. It was hot apart from a stiff breeze- the first time in my life I have been grateful for a headwind.
I need to do some proper brick training as my legs really didn't want to work when I came off the bike and it wasn't until about the last km that I started running properly. The run was definitely my weakest discipline as I was 8th fastest on the bike!
Still, considering that I only ran my first 5k about a month ago I can't be too hard on myself.
The only question I now have - when's the next one?
Hi Susie. Welcome.
You should definitely give tri a go, and as a strong runner you will have a real advantage.
You will need to work on your swimming. Backstroke will be no good I'm afraid as you need to be able to see where you are going and to keep an eye out for other swimmers. I ended up swimming more breast stroke that I had planned today as I found that it was hard to get in a rhythm with so many people to bump into, but as I was overtaking people who were doing crawl I wasn't too bothered.
Wrt the cycling, it depends how competitive you want to be. There were plenty of people going fairly slowly on the bike today so you could just sit and pedal. What I learnt was important today is to practice running immediately that you get off the bike, as it does take it out of your legs.
Hello Thistle! And thanks for your advice.
Well, one point in defence of backstroke - the sprint triathlons in my area do the swimming in a pool with lanes so you can't swim into anyone. I think my next move is to look into acquiring a bike. What I really need is a very generous bike owning friend ;)
Hi all, can I join in? My son has just entered me for a tri in September! We're going to do it as a team - he'll do the swim, DH the cycle and I'll do a 10k run.
Have previously done a few sprint tris, and a couple of half marathons so mentally I know I can do it. Problem is I have completely slobbed over the deep dark winter months, think actually I was a bit depressed, and now have about 2 stone to shift to get myself back to decent fitness. I know that won't happen by September but I needed a goal to get me motivated.
So me and DS will be hitting the pool over the summer holidays to get him swim-fit, and I need to do lots of cross training as prone to plantar fasciitis so don't want to overdo the run training.
I'm stuck in a vicious circle - the PF is worse when I'm overweight, but running is the best thing for me to shift the weight - but too much running exacerbates the PF. Any other tips apart from not running too much?!
Well done Thistle - I live not far from Eton Dorney so may be there next year. I'm a bit about open water swimming though - so far have done only pool-swim tris. Was it really green and slimy?
Well done thistle! Glad it went well.
Haven't checked this thread for a while but fab there are lots of joiners with varying levels of experience.
I've signed up to a sprint in September but am also suffering from plantar fasciitis so haven't been able to run since may (and running is my weakest suit). Waiting to see physio or podiatrist to hopefully get it fixed.
Meantime I've upped my swim training and am also increasing bike distances (@27 miles today). That said now my knee is niggling me. Being 40 is clearly the start of the slippery slope!
Not ever going to be fastest but still good to have something to aim for.
eightytwenty age is just a number
I did my first competitive 5k aged 41 and am fitter in my forties than I've ever been. Also ache more every morning .
Have you had your bike properly fitted? I was told my saddle was too low when I started to get knee pain, so I was over flexing at the top of the revolution. Put my saddle up and knees are much better. Then had to put the handlebars up too as too much pressure on my wrists. And I can barely touch the ground but ok as long as I keep moving!
I'm certainly never going to be the fastest but as long as I'm not the lastest I don't care.
Hey cq, if losing weight and getting fit are major goals but you have foot problems then it sounds like you should spend as much time in the pool with your dh as you can so as not to exacerbate it. Great to have a goal, though, it's so easy to stay indoors when you don't have one.
Thanks cq. I will get that checked out.
I am also fitter than I've ever been (wake up call approaching 40), and I want to build on it. Just frustrating that minor yet annoying aches are troubling me.
Well done Thistle! Regarding bricks, I try to do one once a week when I'm training, even if it's only a 10 minute run after a bike ride. The other thing that seemed to help a bit was changing down a few gears and really spinning my legs out for the last few minutes of the bike ride.
My tri is in 10 days. Clure, you almost certainly won't have heard of it as it's in Germany. I'm probably the odd one out as despite doing several sprint tris, I have never done one with a pool swim, it's all open (nice, clean but freezing cold) water round here. This is what I think of open water swims.
This morning I hauled myself out of bed at 6:15 to have a run. Actually, it's pretty nice out at that time of day, but I really need coffee now.
Susie - went swimming tonight with the kids - first swim in over a year. I was crap! But hey, I was doing it.
Biggest problem was my sodding swimcap which tore as I was putting it on. Hate the things but need one as I have shoulder length hair with layers which flop over my face if I don't wear one.
Anyone recommend a brand of swim hat that will fit a large head with lots of thick hair?
Cardicorgi - love that link btw - had to share with a friend who has exactly that issue with open water swims!
Sorry cq I don't wear caps so I'm not sure, other than Speedo are obviously a good, known brand but I really don't have a clue. I would say tie it up but I guess that's probably already occurred to you!
I'm glad you liked the seal, I had nightmares before my first triathlon; I kept thinking of all of the things that might be lurking in the depths of the water ready to come out and get me. This was in a 500m long gravel pit...
Well it looks as though I'm not going to be able to wear my wetsuit as the water is too warm in the lake. I bet that further out it will be cold enough. Anyway, it's not such a bad thing as I've not had time to practice swimming in it and I've got plenty of lard to keep me afloat.
Regarding hats, I'm using a freebie from a race, but if you look on Wiggle, the Zoggs hats get decent reviews. So far I've been happy with all Zoggs kit I have tried (goggles and maternity swim suit). There is no way I can swim without a cap, far too much hair everywhere.
Went for my first bike ride since childhood today on MIL's mountain bike and it went OK. I think I did about 10k but think I could do a lot more next time, especially if I chose a less hilly route. This would be the bike I would do the triathlon on, and I know I'll look like an idiot using a mountain bike but oh well.
Susie - at the novice tri I did loads of people had hybrids and mountain bikes. You'll be fine and no one will judge you.
I spent Saturday looking at road bikes (have got a 7 gear urban bike, which I love but it doesn't have enough gears for up or down hills, and isn't really designed for the 20-30 mile routes which I'm now doing.
Have looked at a few entry levels - but someone has now suggested a cyclo cross so am confused! Will spend more time researching.
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