Who says I can't swim?!
So far, so good! Now that I'm immersed in triathlon-land, I wish I'd started this earlier so that I could do more triathlons this season. Typical of me to want to bite off more than I can chew. A sprint tri is honestly the best start for me, especially as I am developing my swimming skill. Swimming is making more sense these days, and I am emphasizing my glide, learning to breathe correctly and feeling stronger in the water. I still can't figure out how do to those little under water flip turns at the end of a lap. I do a forward flip and get water up my nose. Sweet.
My trainer (B.) kicked my ass thoroughly on Saturday. I had the wise idea to ride to CDM, train, and ride home. I survived, barely. There's no comparison for a trainer. New ideas, new philosophy, new ferocity. No weights. No gym. No running shoes. No breaks. No excuses.
I stripped my bike of the pannier rack and am pricing out clip-less pedals and shoes. It looks leaner and lighter already! Silly, yet every ounce less my fat ass has to pedal, the easier it will be. Speaking of fat-asses...I bought a tri suit on sale this weekend at REI. I make it a point to avoid negative self-talk but whoa I do not look my cutest in a grippy, clingy, spandexy tri suit that squeezes my thighs like a half-empty tube of toothpaste. Needless to say, I'm very much looking forward to losing some weight and to seeing a slimmer, stronger, healthier version of myself come September.
Lastly, I got bike shorts. Padded, spandex, mid-thigh bike shorts. My nether regions are now looking forward to longer rides, instead of fearing them. That's all I'm saying.
Things I still need:
- clip on aero bars ($80-$100)
- clip-less pedals ($30-$50)
- bike shoes ($80-$100)
- sockless tri running shoes ($100)
- body glide whooohoooo! ($10)
- race number belt ($10)
- second bottle & mount for bike ($10)
- flat tire kit for bike ($30)
Training I want to do:
- bike maintenance seminar (I, uh, um, don't know how to change a flat) (free)
- open water swim training in June ($65)
I figure the pedals and shoes are a good investment, I can take them with me to my next bike. I'm not ready to shell out that kind of money for a bike yet, but one day, I will. All in all, it's not that much money, right? Better than spending my money on a lot of other things detrimental to my health.